Middle-grade fantasy and science fiction round-up!

Welcome to this week's round-up of all things middle-grade science fiction and fantasy from around the blogsphere! If I missed your post, please let me know in the comments or via email (at right).

Here are this week's reviews:

Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor, at Tempting Persephone.

The Brain Finds a Leg (2009), by Martin Chatterton, at Critique de MrChompChomp.

The Doofuzz Dudes and the Blood Tree (2009), by Roslyn J. Motter, at Charlotte's Library.

Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninga Frogs (2010) at The HappyNappyBookseller. (oh gosh, I want this one for my kids, but it doesn't come out till February!)

Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull, at Owl in the Library.

The Green Bronze Mirror (reissued 2009), by Lynne Ellison, at Charlotte's Library.

Highway Cats
(2008), by Janet Taylor Lisle, at Becky's Book Reviews.

The Lost Conspiracy
(2009), by Frances Hardinge, at Eva's Book Addiction.

Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel (2009), at Eva's Book Addiction.

Odd and the Frost Giants (2009), at Eva's Book Addiction.

Raider's Ransom (2009), by Emily Diamond, at Eva's Book Addiction.

The Runaway Dragon (2009), by Kate Coombs, at Charlotte's Library.

Syren (Septiums Heap Book 5) (2009), by Angie Sage, at Book Aunt.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009), by Grace Lin, both at Book Aunt and from a young reader who blogs at c16km. Excitingly, Grace Lin was a guest on the Today Show on Friday--if you missed it, you can watch it here at Blue Rose Girls.

At Boys Rule Boys Read! you can find Incredible Danger, Intrigue, Stupidity, and Lost Worlds.

Here's an interview with Simon Rose at The Story of a Writer, that added several books to my to be read list!

And here are some lists:

At The Reading Zone, you can find a tween book buying guide for mythology buffs, and I have a round-up post of my own about all the middle-grade ghost stories (that I'm aware of) of 2009!
The Telegraph over in the UK has a nice list of book recommendations for kids for Christmas, that includes several fantasy books.

Finally, and this is of great interest to all of us who want more multi-cultural sci fi/fantasy for young readers, here's something I read about at Cynsations:

"Tu Publishing, a multicultural fantasy and science fiction press for children and young adults, needs your help to get started. In order to launch the press, Editorial Director Stacy Whitman has set up a kickstart funds drive to raise money from contributors. In order to help her reach her goals, this community has been formed to auction off items, services, crafts, and other various and sundry offerings, with all the proceeds going to the Tu kickstart page. We hope to help Stacy and Tu reach the goal of $10,000 by Dec. 14." Here's the direct link to the auction.

That's it for this week-- please feel free to send me links during the week (charlotteslibrary at gmail dot com) for next Sunday's round-up!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love that you do this. Thank you very much.

  2. You are very welcome, Susan! Thanks for saying thanks!


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