Welcome to this week's gathering of blog posts about middle-grade (ages 9-12) fantasy and science fiction books! I skipped last week, so there are a couple here from back then...Please let me know if I missed your post!
The most exciting Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy news is the Shortlist for the Cybils Awards. These seven books are all truly excellent (although I helped pick them, and so am a tad biased). Which do you like best? (more frivolously, which cover do you like best?)
Yesterday I went through the 98 books nominated to look for kids of color--here's what I found.
Here are the various reviews of mg sff books:
Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, at Wandeca Reads.
A Whole Nother Story, at The Book Aunt
The Box of Delights, by John Masefield from the Guardian's book blog (This sequel to The Midnight Folk is one to keep in mind for next Christmas!).
Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage, by Kaye Umanskya, at Eva's Book Addiction.
The Ever Breath, by Julianna Baggott, at Eva's Book Addiction, at Steph Su Reads, and at The HappyNappyBookseller.
The Farwalker's Quest, by Joni Sensel, at Fuse #8.
The Green Bronze Mirror, by Lynne Ellison, at A Few More Pages.
Magical Ms. Plum, by Bonnie Becker, at Fuse#8.
Raider's Ransome, at Carrie's YA Bookshelf, Katie's Book Blog, Fuse #8, and at The Book Aunt.
Sillksinger (Dreamdark, book 2), by Laini Taylor, at Fuse #8.
Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, at Charlotte's Library.
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, at Green Bean Teen Queen.
At Boys Rule, Boys Read you can find snippet reviews of some middle grade fantasy books here and here.
At Fantasy Literature, Rebecca is amassing reviews of Joan Aiken's books--her most recent being a look at The Cuckoo Tree.
And although fairy tale picture books aren't technically middle-grade/9-12 year-old books, sometimes they are just the right thing to offer a mg child, so here's a post about several of these from Jennifer at the Jean Little Library.
The Lateiner Gang offers a peon to middle-grade fantasy author James Rollins (Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, the second of these, comes out this April).
At Green Bean Teen Queen, there's an interview with Derek Landry (of Skullduggery fame)
I compiled a list of the dragon books of 2009 here.
Finally, here's a post for all those who love The Magic Pudding (an early classic of Australian fantasy literature for children), as well as all of us who have never even heard of it. Here is an illustration of the Pudding:
Please feel free to send me links for next week at any time!