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

Welcome to another week's worth of middle grade fantasy and science fiction fun! Please let me know if I missed your post.


The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole), by Kathryn Lasky, at GreenBeanTeenQueen and Brimful Curiosities (where there's also a giveaway; I'm giving it away too, here).

Dark Life, by Kat Falls, at Manga Maniac Cafe and Ink Spells.

Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Wiener, by Urusla Vernon, at TheHappyNappyBookseller.

The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books.

Found, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Knight Reader.

Hamster Magic, by Lynne Jonell, at Eva's Book Addiction.

Lost in Lexicon, by Pendred Noyce, at Wands and Worlds.

Mister Monday, by Garth Nix, at The O.W.L.

Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins and Other Nasties: A Practical Guide by Miss Edythe McFate, As told to Lesley M.M. Blume, at Fuse #8 and Educating Alice.

Radiance, by Alyson Noel, at The Reading Date.

Reckless, by Cornelia Funke, at A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy (is this really middle grade? School Library Journal says grades 7-10, Amazon says 9-12, Liz, in her review, says "children and teens.")

Sabotaged, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Becky's Book Reviews.

Scarlett Dedd, by Cathy Brett at The Book Zone (For Boys), where you can also enter to win a copy (here).

Sceptre of the Ancients (Skulduggery Pleasant) by Derek Landy, at Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian.

The Smoky Corridor, by Chris Grabenstein, at Middle Grade Ninja.

The Tiger's Apprentice, by Laurence Yep, at Guys Lit Wire.

Time Cat, by Lloyd Alexander, at Charlotte's Library.

Troll's Eye View, a Book of Villainous Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, at Writing and Ruminating.

The Valley of Song, by Elizabeth Goudge, at Charlotte's Library.

Ms. Yingling Reads takes a look at The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place), by Maryrose Wood, and Magic Below Stairs, by Caroline Stevermer.

Authors talking

Middle Grade Ninja has seven questions for Chris Grabenstein (The Smoky Corridor, and many other books).

A. R. Rotruck talks about her new book, Young Wizards Handbook: How to Trap a Zombie, Track a Vampire, and Other Hands-On Activities for Monster Hunters, at John Scalzi's Whatever.

Pamela Voelkel, co-author of The Jaguar Stones, shares her Today Show experience at Random Acts of Reading.

David Lubar (Nathan Abercrombie: Accidental Zombie) talks about Zombie Humor at Tor

Ingrid Law (Scumble) is interviewed at The Enchanted Inkpot, and Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (The Famliars) are interviewed at Tales of a Teenage Book Lover

Kathryn Lasky (Gaurdians of Ga'Hoole) is a guest at GreenBeanTeenQueen (where there's also a giveaway!), and Violet Haberdasher (Knightly Academy) visits The Story Siren.

Other good stuff

Katherine Langrish introduces a new feature--Fairy Tale Reflections-- at her blog, Seven Miles of Steel Thistles. And here's a post about dresses in fairy tales at The Fairy Tale Cupboard.

At The Book Zone (For Boys) there's excitement about Rick Riordan's new book, The Lost Hero, with links to events in the UK.

Beth, a contributor to Fantasy Literature, has written a love letter to Bruce Coville (someday I must try his books!)

The shortlist for the Guardian Children's Fiction prize has been announced, and two of the four are fantasy: Michelle Paver's Ghost Hunter, the sixth and final book in her Chronicles of Darkness series, and The Ogre of Oglefort, by Eva Ibbotson.

And finally, even though it's not middle grade (although I think it's a series that older mg kids would appreciate), there's a sneak peak at the art of Behemoth, sequel to Leviathan (Scott Westerfeld) at io9. Here's a sample:


  1. Shock! You haven't read Bruce Coville? His books bolstered my love of science fiction when I was a kid. My favorites: My Teacher is an Alien and sequels, and Jennifer Murdley's Toad.

  2. Uh... that was me, Parker.

  3. I didn't really read many current children's books in the 1990s and first five years of this decade...and so I missed the bulk of his books! Since I've started reading more current books, I've seen him, of course, but it just hasn't happened...

    I should try him on my son!

  4. I also reviewed Dark Life and thought it was spectacular!

  5. Thanks for letting me know, Susan! I've added you to the list.

    I rather like it myself!

  6. Thanks for posting my review. I'm going to have to check out the review of Reckless, by Cornelia Funke. I watched part of the launch event online. Funke had on this huge and amazing dress.

  7. Just stopping by to let you know how much I've been enjoying your blog and so I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award :-)

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  8. Charlotte, I'm watching out for the various RECKLESS reviews. It's quite interesting; the ages of the characters make it acceptable for older teens. None of that reading about someone younger! And there is sophisticated storytelling. At the same time (and not to sound all CommonSenseMedia) the book avoids those things that usually keep a book out of a 5 to 8 school library. There isn't any cursing. Any sex is in the opinion of the reader. (The romance is so lightly handled, yet there, that it's not going to satisfy those teens wanting paranormal romance). Children like my niece who want "no kissing" (she's just 10) will be quite happy with this because they won't realize the emotions going on. Yes, there is violence, but no more (or less) than other fantasy books for that age group. There are some dark things going on, but I think the reader realizes the darkness more than the characters do and therefore, the reader may not see it. Which makes it a good book for younger readers, IMHO.

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