Another Sunday of Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy Fun

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!

The Reviews:

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.


  1. Congratulations on getting the Unicorn Glitter Award and I'm happy to see you pass on the awards to other awesome book bloggers. :)

  2. I also reviewed the 5th Fablehave book. You can check it out here if you'd like!

    I have been discovering some awesome new MG books through this post, so thank you!

  3. Thanks Chachic!

    And thanks for the link, Cat--dunno how I missed you, since you are in my "google reader of blogs likely to have mg fantasy reviews."

  4. Thank you very much, Charlotte! --Kate, AKA Book Aunt

  5. Great round-up! I'm so excited to read Magic Below Stairs - it DOES sound like it has a very DWJ feel to it. And as well, I just reread Sorcery and Cecelia last week, and I fancy spending some more time with Thomas and Kate (even if they're on the sidelines.)

  6. THanks, Charlotte, for the Pertinent Posts award! I guess it would be silly to award it right back to you, right??

  7. I reviewed House of Dolls this week by Francesca Lia Block.

  8. Thanks Becky--I dunno how I missed you either!

  9. Thanks Becky for posting a comment to my Mom's blog.

    (says my 7 year old, who is helping me)!!

  10. Thanks so much Charlotte

    I can't remember the dark ages pre these MG fantasy round ups and I don't want to

  11. I reviewed the 5th Fablehaven book last week too! My review is here.

  12. I found you already, Melissa, but thanks!

  13. Thanks, Charlotte! This summer I am feeling not particularly pertinent, so it was nice to be recognized as such! I will try to pass it on but may have to wait to get to a faster internet connection (working on upgrading home, too!). Thanks again.


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