This Sunday's Round-up of Middle Grade Fantasy and Science Fiction posts from around the blogs

Another Sunday is here. I'm rather glad last week is over, as it was very stressful at work, and, more distressingly, my poor little one broke his arm. Next week I have jury duty, which will either be a peaceful break, or even more stressful...

But, on the other hand, it was a rather good week for reviews of middle grade science fiction and fantasy!


The Boneshaker, by Kate Milford, at Becky's Book Reviews.

Bran Hambric--The Farfield Curse, by Kaleb Nation, at The Book on the Hill.

Carbonel, the King of Cats, by Barbara Sleigh, at Readatouille

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder, by Jo Nesbø, at Biblio File.

Dread Pirate Fleur and the Hangman's Noose, by Sara Starbuck, at Nayu's Reading Corner.

The Eternal Hourglass and The Pyramid of Souls, by Erica Kirov, at A Patchwork of Books.

Falling In, by Frances O'Roark Dowell, at Eva's Book Addiction

The Familiar, by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, at Book Aunt.

The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, at Book Aunt.

The Lost Conspiracy, by Frances Hardinge, at One Librarian's Book Reviews.

Mamba Point, by Kurt Scaletta, at Educating Alice.

The Night Fairy, by Laura Amy Schlitz, at Book Nut.

The Owl Keeper, by Christine Brodien-Jones, at Beyond Books.

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, at One More Page and Boys Rule Boys Read!

The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere), by Jacqueline West, at Monsters and Critics and MBW Creates.

The Suburb Beyond the Stars, by M.T. Anderson, at Charlotte's Library.

Thresholds, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, at Fuse #8.

The Time Pirate, by Ted Bell, at Ms. Yingling Reads.

Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World, by Scott Seegert, illustrated by John Martin, at Welcome to My Tweendom.

A Walk in Wolf Wood, by Mary Stewart, at Fantasy Literature.

A Whole Nother Story, by Dr. Cuthbert Soup, at Literate Lives.

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams, by Rhonda Hayter, at Teach Mentor Texts.

Wizard at Work, by Vivien Vande Velde at Fantasy Literature.


Rebecca Serle chats with Kathi Appelt (The Underneath and Keeper) about "American Fantasy" at The Huffington Post.

All things Basilisk's Lair--the author, R.L. LaFevers, the illustrator Kelly Murphy, the editor, Kate O'Sullivan, AND the publicist, Jennifer Taber, chat about the second Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist book at The Picnic Basket.

An interview with D.M. Cornish (Monstor Blood Tattoo) at The Enchanted Inkpot.

10 Questions for Wendy Mass (11 Birthdays and Finally) at Book Nut.

A video interview with Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted and many other fine books), at Emily's Reading Room.


Gearing up toward their discussion next week of Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, there's a discussion of the things a book needs to work at The League of Extraordinary Writers.

It is true that the majority of sci fi/fantasy books linked to in these Sunday posts are fantasy; for those looking for the sci fi, Deva Fagan has compiled lovely list of recent science fiction for kids and teens. And here's a list I missed last week-- Stacy Whitman has posted her updated list of multi-cultural sff for kids.

Today's Adventure has announced the return of Once Upon a Week--a celebration of fairy tales that will take place August 1-7--more information here.

That same week is Diana Wynne Jones Week, hosted by Jenny's Books, and here's her most recent post full of DWJ goodness in preperation for it.

If all goes well, next Sunday, July 25, 2-4pm, will see me at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford NH, listening to a panel discussion on “Writing Fantasy for Children and Teens: Insights from Seven Authors” featuring:

Ellen Booraem (The Unnameables)
Chris Brodien-Jones (The Owl Keeper)
Leah Cypess (Mistwood)
Marissa Doyle (Betraying Season)
Deva Fagan (The Marvellous Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle)
Angie Frazier (Everlasting)
Kate Milford (The Boneshaker)

And finally,

Lucy Knisley is illustrating Lois Lowry's The Giver rather stunningly here at Picture Book Report. From the "About" page: "Picture Book Report is an extended love-song to books. Fifteen illustrators will reach out to their favorite books and create wonderful pieces of art in response to the text that has moved them, shaped them, or excited them. From sci-fi to children’s books to fantasy to serious novels, we’ll cover them all. For three weeks out of every month there will be a new illustration every day from one of us along with our thoughts, process, anything we can come up with. Together we will try to excite readers both new and old and capture some of that magic of storytelling." Cool! (found at io9)

Please let me know if I missed your post, either in a comment, or by emailing me directly at charlotteslibrary at gmail dot com! Thanks!


  1. Thanks for the roundup! And I'm sorry to hear about your child's broken arm. Also wanted to let you know that the link to the Wizard at Work review might be broken. It gave me an error message--though maybe that's just my computer.

  2. That panel sounds fascinating! I hope you can make it and then blog about it for those of us who wish we could be there!

  3. Sorry Kate--it seems to work fine for me! And thanks for the sympathy--I just hope he can get a more water proof cast in a little bit so that he can get more swimming in this summer...

    I'll most definitly be blogging about it if I make it, Cat!

  4. A new book with a fantasy element is Kurt Scaletta's MAMBA POINT which I wrote about here: http://medinger.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/kurt-scalettas-mamba-point/

  5. Great roundup! Thanks for including my review. I hope your kiddo feels better--a broken arm is no fun!

  6. Fantastic list! Especially that link to recent SF titles for kids - I will DEFINITELY be following up on that.

    I just read The Red Pyramid (outstanding, as usual, from Riordan) and I purchased The Owl Keeper, but it's already out on lend to a friend (who likes owls!). Great list!!

  7. Ouch! Poor thing--it's miserable to have to have a cast on in the hot hot summer heat. And good luck with your jury duty (and thanks for the shout-out!).


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