Fantasy and Science Fiction for Kids --this weeks round-up of news and reviews from around the blogs

The Middle Grade Fantasy News of the Day is that One of Our Own, The Lost Conspiracy, by Frances Hardinge, has made it to the final round of School Library Journal's Battle of the Books! Read the comments of the judge, Megan Whalen Turner, here. And two mg fantasies have appeared in Betsy Bird's countdown of the top 100 children novels--The Giver is #7, and The Phantom Tollbooth is #10...what will slots 6-1 bring????


13 Treasures, by Michelle Harrison (2010 in the US) at Tattooed Books, and at Galley Smith.

Drizzle, by K.D. Van Cleve (2010) at Book Kids and at Eva's Book Addiction.
House of Many Ways, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Persephone Reads

Eva, by Peter Dickinson, at Parenthetical.net, part of an ongoing series in "Old School Apocalypse April," or, as I guess you could call it, Apocalypse Then.

Kid Vs. Squid, by Greg Van Eekhout (May 11, 2010), at Bib-Laura-Graphy

Lord Sunday, by Garth Nix (2010) at Mightier than the Sword.

The Lost Conspiracy, by Francis Hardinge, at Becky's Book Reviews and at IMCPL Kids

Morpheus Road: The Light, by D.J. MacHale (mid April, 2010), at Guys Lit Wire (sounds like it's right at the upper end of mg on up)

Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary: Fablehaven Book 4 (2009), by Brandon Mull, at Beyond Books and at IMCPL Kids.

The Shifter, by Janice Hardy (2009), at Bookshelf: What We're Reading

Skulduggery Pleaseant: Dark Days, by Derek Landry, at The Book Zone (for Boys) (This is out already in the UK; looking to see when it would be out here in the US, I found that there's an extensive wikipedia article about the series,which apparently will end up nine books long...I gave up on finding the US release date, but what with the wonder that is the Book Depository (no shipping costs!) it's not as relevant as it might once have been)

The Timekeeper's Moon, by Joni Sensel (2010), at Book Nut.

Tom Ass, by Ann Lawrence (1972), at Charlotte's Library.

Ms. Yingling takes quick looks at Z-Rex, by Stephen Cole (2009), and All the Lovely Bad Ones, by Mary Downing Hahn (2008).

Here are two interviews with Rhonda Hayter, author of The Witchy Worries of Abby Adams, at Manic Magna Cafe and AnimeSuger. The editor's perspective on The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams, by Rhonda Hayter at the Class of 2k10

And finally, Doret's series of seasonally appropriate posts-- 9 Authors, 12 Baseball Questions-- includes at least one middle grade fantasy.

Please let me know if I missed your post!


  1. I've got a review of The Lost Conspiracy.


  2. Thanks Becky--sorry I missed you first go round!

  3. There is a great review of DJ Machale upcoming release at GuysLitWire.

  4. Two blog posts at IMCPL Book Blog for Kids:

    The Lost Conspiracy http://www.imcpl.org/kids/blog/?p=5568 and Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary http://www.imcpl.org/kids/blog/?p=3056


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