Welcome to this week's round-up of things middle-grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogosphere (and please do let me know if I have missed your review or interview or exciting news....)
The first and most exciting news is that the winners of the fourth annual Cybils Awards have been announced! And the winner for middle grade science fiction/fantasy is:
SILKSINGER, by Laini Taylor. Congratulations, Laini! (here's my review)
The YA winner was Fire, by Kristin Cashore.
In case you aren't familiar with the Cybils--these awards are given each year by bloggers in a wide range of book categories. Books are chosen on two criteria-their quality and their kid-appeal. Anyone can nominate a book during the first two weeks of October, and the shortlists and winners are selected by panels of bloggers. If you are a blogger who'd like to take an active role next year, check in closer to October to find out how you can put your name forward.
Please click on the Cybils link above to see the other fantastic winners!
And now for this week's reviews:
Archer's Quest, by Linda Sue Park (2006), at Charlotte's Library.
Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs, by Ursula Vernon (2010) at Dwelling in Possibility.
The Ever-Breath, by Julianna Baggot (2010) at Parentdish and at Book Aunt.
Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware, by M.T. Anderson (2009), at Book Aunt.
Maskmaker, by Jane Johnson (March 1, 2010) at The Book Zone (for boys).
Mortlock, by Jon Mayhew (April 5, 2010--UK), at The Book Zone (for boys).
The Sixty-Eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone (February 23, 2010) at Book Aunt.
Song of the Wanderer: Unicorn Chronicles 2, by Bruce Coville (2008), at A Fangirl's View.
Toby Alone, by Timothée de Fombelle (2009) at Books4yourkids
Waterslain Angels, by Kevin Crossley-Holland (2009) at Charlotte's Library (which actually might not technically be fantasy, but which has fantastical elements).
A Web of Air, by Philip Reeve (April 2010) at Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin (2009), at Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind, and at Becky's Book Reviews.
N.D. Wilson is Blog Touring to promote his new book, The Chestnut King, 3rd in the series that began with The 100 Cupboards. It is one of the more interesting blog tours I've read, with descriptions of previously unexplored cupboards and more...
2/8 Mundie Moms
2/10 The Reading Zone
2/11 Eva's Book Addiction (and here's her review of The Chestnut King)
2/12 Becky's Book Reviews, where there is also a guest post by N.D. Wilson.
2/12 Fireside Musings
And finally, here's Slate's review of The Lightning Thief movie.
Like I said above, please let me know (at any time) if you have reviews of mg sff to add to this or future lists! I pull reviews from the blogs in my reader, and every week I do google searches on "children's fantasy book" and "middle-grade fantasy" (and science fiction), as well as sporadic searching for reviews of specific books I know are just out, but I am sure I am missing lots...