Welcome to this week's round-up of all the posts I could find pertaining to middle grade science fiction and fantasy! Please let me know if I missed yours. Note (so as to forestall letters from unhappy parents): some of these are right up at the top range of middle grade (12 year olds), and so might not be suitable for every kid!
Edwin Spencer- Mission Improbable, by J.D. Irwin, at The Book Zone (for Boys).
The Faceless Ones, by Derek Landry, at The Written World.
A Field Guide to Aliens, by Johan Olander at Charlotte's Library and at Manga Maniac Cafe.
Found, by Sarah Prineas at Literate Lives.
House of Dolls, by Francesca Lia Block, at Becky's Book Reviews.
Ivy's Ever After, by Dawn Lairamore, at Charlotte's Library.
Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven) by Brandon Mull, at One Librarian's Book Reviews and Beyond Books.
Magic Below Stairs, by Caroline Stevermer, at Book Aunt.
The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle, by Deva Fagan, at Eva's Book Addiction and at Book Aunt.
The Magician Trilogy (The Snow Spider, Emlyn's Moon, and The Chestnut Soldier) at Fantasy Literature.
The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, at Lucy Was Robbed.
The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere I) by Jacqueline West, at Charlotte's Library.
The Sixty-Eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone, at books4yourkids.com
Smells Like a Dog, by Suzanne Selfors, at Book Aunt.
The Wager, by Donna Jo Napoli, at The Fourth Musketeer.
And here's one I missed last week--The Night Fairy, and a slew of other fairy books, at The PlanetEsme Plan.
The Things that Aren't Reviews:
J. Torres’ and J. Bone’s graphic novels, Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventures, and Alison Dare, the Heart of the Maiden have been on tour-- here's the schedule.
Here's an interview with Danika Dinsmore, author of Brigitta of the White Forest, at The Invisible Sister, and one with Jacqueline West, author of The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere) at Daily Pie.
Stacy Whitman answers the question: What kind of fantasy is Tu looking for? (Tu being a new imprint of Lee and Low books dedicated to publishing multi-cultural children's and YA fantasy/science fiction.
Katherine Langrish discusses "Cultural Appropriate and the White Saviour" at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles.
Here are Katherine Robert's thoughts on the pirating of her book, The Great Pyramid Robbery. This is the first of what sounds like wonderful series--seven fantasy books about the seven wonders of the world. They came out several years ago in the UK, and have been popular there; why have they not found an American publisher, what with ancient mythological fantasy being so Big?
And finally, here's an article about the stink that Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger, by Kevin Bolger, caused in a Canada school.
That's it for middle grade sci fi/fantasy rounding up, but I do have one more thing--I was honored to receive two blog awards recently, and I'm passing them on today.
Katherine Langrish was kind enough to pass on to me the Unicorn Glitter Award, which honors bloggers who "who post in the spirit of the enchanted mists." Part of the reward is to share one's favorites of various genres. Bookwise, Mistwood, by Leah Cypess, is an obvious enchanted misty favorite of mine for the year so far; a favorite poem is ee cummings' "all in green went my love riding;" a favorite legend of mine is the story of Merlin, specifically as brought to life by Mary Stewart, and I'm sharing Katherine Langrish's choice of the phoenix as a favorite mythological creature! I'm passing this award on to Hermes, whose blog Children's/Fantasy Illustrations, gives me great joy in an enchanted misty sort of way.
Chachic of Chachic's Book Nook was kind enough to bestow on me a Pertinent Posts Award--not surprisingly, the blogs that are most pertinent to me are those that talk lots about middle grade and YA fantasy/science fiction, those whose recommendations I trust for my own reading pleasure, and those that help me find good books for my boys. Chachic passed it on already to some I would have chosen myself, but fortunately there are other blogs I find tremendously pertinent, so I pass the award to --Kate Coombs aka The Book Aunt, Ms. Yingling Reads, Doret aka TheHappyNappyBookseller, and Eva at Eva's Book Addiction.