Here's what I found this week of interest to us connoisseurs of middle grade fantasy and science fiction.
The big (although old-ish) news first:
Lee and Low books has acquired Tu Publishing! Tu started as an independent imprint dedicated to multi-cultural middle grade and YA sff; in its new home, its mission will be unchanged. Why this acquisition is a good thing--the number of books Tu can publish in its first year will be larger, and the books will more easily find their way to book stores. This happened in large part because so many ordinary people contributed to Tu's initial campaign for donations to help kickstart it; this so successfully demonstrated that there was great interest in diverse sff that Lee and Low became interested.
More on diversity--at Asimov's Science Fiction, Norman Spinrad discusses "an almost textbook example in extremis of how the failure of an Anglophone writer from the outside to really embed himself in the street-level popular culture of the Third World society in which he is setting the story can place the reader at the same less-than-deeply involved remove." Rose Fox offers a response at Publisher's Weekly (thanks to Lee and Low's The Open Book blog for the links).
And not mg, but interesting--at the Tor blog, Heather Tomlinson has compiled a list of YA fantasy that offers geographical/cultural diversity.
Now, the reviews:
11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass, at Becky's Book Reviews.
The Birthday Ball, by Lois Lowry, at Book Aunt.
Finally, by Wendy Mass, at Bookshipper
Mari Ness continues to look at Ruth Plumly Thompson's Oz books with The Hungry Tiger of Oz over at the Tor blog.
Ingo, by Helen Dunmore, at Vulpes Libris.
The Incorigible Children of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood, at Read Now, Sleep Later.
Knightly Academy, by Violet Haberdasher, at Book Aunt.
The Night Fairy, by Laura Amy Shlitz, at Oops...Wrong Cookie.
The Sixty-Eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone, at Read Now, Sleep Later.
At the Russell Elementary Library blog, there's a look at the Fablehaven series, in which Jana says (italics in the original) "this is one of the only series I know of that has a female as the lead character, but that boys read just as much or more than girls." Agree? Disagree?
Don't miss New Fashioned Fantasy: What does look like? over at The Enchanted Inkpot.
Finally, there's a super swell contest (for librarians only) over at the Spectacle, to win this awesome list of books:
1. INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher (hardback)
2. SACRED SCARS by Kathleen Duey (hardback)
3. THE BOOK OF NONSENSE by David Michael Slater (hardback)
4. THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE by David Michael Slater (hardback)
5. THE SECRETS OF THE CHEESE SYNDICATE by Donna St. Cyr (paperback)
6. HOUSE OF THE SCORPION by Nancy Farmer (paperback)
7. THE EMERALD TABLET By PJ Hoover (hardback)
8. NAVEL OF THE WORLD by PJ Hoover (hardback)
9. THE SEER #1: DON”T DIE DRAGONFLY by Linda Joy Singleton (revised large issue with short story bonus)
10. THE FARWALKER’S QUEST by Joni Sensel (hardback)
11. THE TIMEKEEPER’S MOON by Joni Sensel (hardback)
Please let me know if I missed your post! I do my best to find things, but every week I find things I missed the week before...which is sad for me. You can email me anytime during the week at charlotteslibrary at gmail dot com, or leave a link in the roundup comments.