This Sunday's Middle Grade Fantasy/sci fi round-up

Here's another week's worth of middle grade fantasy/science fiction reviews and news! Enjoy, and let me know if I missed your post.


The Celestial Globe, by Marie Rutkoski, at Books your mother would approve of.

Charlie Bone and the Red Knight, by Jenny Nimmo, at Fabulous Reads.

A Crack in the Sky, by Mark Peter Hughes, at Middle Grade Ninja.

The Dragon Whisperer, by Lucinda Hare, at Fantasy Book Review.

Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull, at books3yourkids.

The Golden Acorn, by Catherine Cooper, at Nayu's Reading Corner

The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, at Maltby Reads.

House of Dolls, by Francesca Lia Block, at Jean Little Library.

Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation, by Matt Myklusch, at 5 Minutes for Books.

The Limit, by Kristen Landon, at Presenting Lenore

A Matter of Magic, by Patricia C. Wrede (an omnibus of Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward), at The View from the Foothills.

The Night Fairy, by Laura Amy Schlitz, at Madigan Reads.

The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere 1), by Jacqueline West, at Read Schmead: Tales from the Book

The Shifter (Healing Wars Book 1), by Janice Hardy, at Beyond Books

Skellig, by David Almond, at Random Acts of Reading.

The Stonekeeper (Amulet Book 1), by Kazu Kibuishi, at Let the Words Flow

Timothy and the Dragon's Gate, by Adrienne Kress, at Read in a Single Sitting.

When You Reach My, by Rebecca Stead, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.


Susannah Applebaum (Poisons of Caux: The Tasters Guild), at Fantasy Book Critic, Teenreads, Suvudu, Cleverly Inked, and Random Acts of Reading.

Mark Peter Hughes (A Crack in the Sky) at Middle Grade Ninja.

An interview with Tove Jansson's (Moomins!) niece Sophie at Bookwitch (and Moomins are featured in strange video form at Fuse #8 today)

Other news:

Katherine Langrish continues her series on witches in children's literature with Witch Queens and Crones.

The Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts has just issued their call for papers from their March 2011 meeting. The theme is The Fantastic Ridiculous, and there's a Children's and YA Division.

I've just sent in my registration for this year's Kidlit Con--you can find the information on how to do so here. I'm looking forward to seeing friends from last year, meeting other bloggers for the first time, and listening to keynote speaker Maggie Stiefvater!

It's Cybils time again--the call for panelists/judges has now gone out! It is incredibly worthwhile to be part of this process, so, fellow bloggers, do consider throwing your name in! Authors are welcome to take part, as long it is a genre in which they haven't published a book in this past year (October to October). You don't have to live in the US, either.

And finally, just because I think they're really cool, I'm passing on the news that a set of Science cookie cutters is being given away at Not So Humble Pie (enter by tomorrow). Although I think I would have made different frosting choices.


  1. I just wanted to thank you again for always tracking down the MG posts from the week - I discover so many wonderful new books and blogs! I know it takes a while to put all these links together. so thank you! I appreciate it!

  2. Ooh, I love those cookie cutter! Although that beaker...test tube... thingy... could double as something else.


    Gingerbread test tubes, though: unbeatable.

  3. Thanks Cat! You are very welcome!

    And Tanita, I am Shocked. (but find myself in all too unwilling agreement)

  4. Your Middle Grade Round-ups offer such a wealth of blogs to visit that I have to keep coming back and back! Thanks!

  5. I'm going to buy some of those cookie cutters for my dad (who's a chemist) for his birthday!

    Thanks for another great round-up. I loved the interview with Sophia Jansson. :)

  6. You are very welcome, Willow and Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by,and taking the time to comment.

    And I hope your dad likes his cookie cutters, Stephanie! They tickle me no end, and I'm not even a chemist!

  7. Great roundup! I can't wait to read The Celestial Globe.

    Those are some excellent cookie cutters. If only I had time to make cookies these days! :(

  8. Thanks for sharing my review for The Books of Elsewhere!!

  9. thank you so much for mentioning our blog!
    Erin, Random Acts of Reading

  10. I love these lists! I'm always on the hunt for good MG Fantasy or Sci-fi, so thanks for putting it all together!

    And thanks for linking to my review! :D

  11. Thank you all for taking the time to comment!


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