This Sunday's middle grade fantasy and science fiction round-up

Welcome to this week's compilation of middle grade fantasy/science fiction book reviews and news from around the blogs (at least, all that I could find).

The Reviews:

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins, by R.A. Spratt, at Becky's Book Reviews

boom! by Mark Haddon, at Charlotte's Library.

Blue Fire (Healing Wars Book 2), by Janice Hardy, at Beyond Books.

The Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh, at Book Aunt.

Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 4), by Derek Landy, at The Written World.

Frozen in Time, by Ali Sparkes, at Charlotte's Library.

Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins, at My Friend Amy

How to Grow Up and Rule the World, by Vordak the Incomprehensible, at Book Aunt.

Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant Book 5), by Derek Landy, at The Book Zone.

The Nightmarys, by Dan Poblocki, at Middle Grade Ninja.

Nightshade City, by Hilary Wagner, at Literary Rambles

Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, at Books Together

No Such Thing as Dragons, by Philip Reeve, at Maltby Reads! Book Aunt, and Great Kids Books

The Owl Keeper, by Christine Brodien-Jones, at O.W.L.

Radiance, by Alyson Noel, at Mindful Musings, and at Charlotte's Library.

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, at Wicked Awesome Books.

The Runaway Princess, by Kate Coombs, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Silksinger, by Laini Taylor, at Fantasy Fan.

Spaceheadz, by Jon Scieszka, at Eva's Book Addiction, and at Charlotte's Library.

Thresholds, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, at Kidliterate

Tower of Treasure, by Scott Chantler, at Jean Little Library

The Violet Keystone, by Garth Nix, at Nayu's Reading Corner.

The Interviews/Guest Posts:

Steve Messer (Windblowne) at Cynsations

Dan Poblocki (The Stone Child and The Nightmarys) at Middle Grade Ninja.

Eric Reinhold (Ryann Watters and the King’s Sword) at Speculative Faith.

and a very moving interview with Terry Pratchett at The Gaurdian.


It's been Grey Griffins Week at Shannon Whitney Messenger's blog--I've been meaning to start this series for ages....the link above takes you to the first post, which happens to be a giveaway, but do read on from there....

Katherine Langrish is wrapping up her discussion of Witches with a fourth post on Good Witches, at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles.

And the big news of the weekend is the announcement of the Hugo Awards--the Best Novel award was a tie between The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi, and The City & The City, by China Mieville. Tor has the full list here.

Finally, you have till midnight tomorrow (Monday) to enter to win one of two copies of Spaceheadz here at Charlotte's Library! Or you can head over to the O.W.L. (by September 13), to enter to win Spaceheadz and more over there!

(Please let me know if I missed your post!)


  1. That interview with Terry Pratchett is simply heart-breaking.

  2. Thanks for linking to my comments about Ninth Ward, Charlotte. It's not exactly fantasy, I don't think, but then what is it?

    And my goodness. I just read the Pratchett interview. Full stop.

  3. It looks like some great books this week.

    And thanks for linking to my review, Charlotte.

  4. How are all these people finding Skulduggery Pleasant? I am sooo frustrated by this series at the moment. I - and my library kids - are crazy about it, but my vendor won't show any titles past the first three. Amazon says Dark Days and Mortal Coil are out of print, which I think is referring to the UK editions, but...argh! I'd order them for the library in a heartbeat if I could just find them!

  5. I agree, Kate.

    You mentioned ghosts, Anamaria...so I thought it maybe counted. The line seems to be increasingly blurry. Or maybe it always was blurry, but since I've started trying to catagorize, the blurriness is becoming clearer, as it were.

    You are very welcome, Brandy!

    And I checked Dark Days--Amazon was telling me it was there...

  6. There's a review of No Such Thing As Dragons at Great Kid Books


    Now I am very curious about the Pratchett interview.

    Ninth Ward is very hard to classify. And calling it magical realism sounds right. Either way its a beautiful story.


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