Meet “The New Kid” by Maureen Straka

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The New Kid: RWYK Interview with Maureen Straka

Welcome to Reading with Your Kids Podcast where we introduce you to the most amazing children’s, middle grade and young adult authors from various genres from around the globe. Stay tuned and you never know you might meet your new favourite author today!

Today, our guest is Maureen Straka, children’s author, Reading teacher & Mom. Maureen is the debut author of a delightful middle grade book The New Kid  that focuses on the issue of bullying and teaches some important lessons such as being kind, Standing up for yourself and for others. Maureen kindly agreed to do this interview with us so that we could find out more about her and her wonderful story. Get your cup of coffee ready, and let’s get started!


Here’s more information about Maureen Straka

Image result for maureen straka authorMaureen is a reading teacher for grades 3-5 at two elementary schools in Northeast PA.  She’s a children’s writer who has been writing for a while, but just recently published her first book. She’s enjoying this new venture in life.

She is married and the mother of two terrific boys. They also have a lovable black lab. They live in Peckville, PA.

Maureen is working on some new stories which she hopes to publish soon. Visit and subscribe here if you’d like to receive updates on new books:



More about The New Kid

Alex Baker is having a tough year. His best friend just moved away. His kid brother is a major pain. His Dad recently lost his job. And now his strange new neighbour wants to be friends. Alex is not sure he will survive middle school with all these changes. Things get even worse when the school bully starts picking on Alex’s new neighbour. Alex wants to do the right thing and defend the new kid, but he’s afraid that if he does, he may become the bully’s new target. Alex soon finds out that the bully is hiding a secret of his own that could change everything. Will Alex find the courage to do the right thing? And can he survive middle school on his own?


Grab your copy of The New Kid today and give your kids all the strength and encouragement they need for standing up to bullies & doing the right thing!



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In this episode

  • You’ll hear Maureen reading a page from her book The New Kid
  •  Since it’s her debut book, We asked her how is she feeling. What’s it like having the book out in the world? How long had she been working on it, from start to publication?
  • Where did Maureen get the inspiration to write this story?

  • What topics does The New Kid covers and why are these important to discuss?
  • What messages are Maureen aiming to leave with her readers & what does she want children to take away from this book?
  • What can Sarah’s fans look forward to next, other projects and much more…


We would like to say a huge thank you to Maureen for doing this interview and we are very excited to see what she does next!  We hope you have enjoyed listening to this episode and be sure to keep your eye out for her future books.


Where online can people find Maureen?

Her website:


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Thanks for tuning in and have a wonderful day!



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