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

Welcome to my fifty first (!) round-up of middle grade science fiction and fantasy fun! If I missed your post, let me know--charlotteslibrary @ gmail dot com, or leave a comment.

The Reviews:

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins, by R.A. Spratt, at Booked Up.

Brains for Lunch, by K.A. Holt, at Coffee for the Brain

Celia's Robot, by Margaret Chang, at Ms. Yingling Reads and Charlotte's Library

Dragonbreath, by Ursula Vernon, at Maura Bishop

Fever Crumb, by Philip Reeve, at Booked Up

Haint Misbehavin', by Maureen Hardegree, at Bibliophile Support Group

The Hole in the Wall, by Lisa Row Fraustino, at Ms. Yingling Reads

How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch, at Madigan Reads

Imaginalis, by J.M. DeMatteis, at The Musings of a Book Addict

The Lightning Thief (graphic novel), by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti, at Manga Maniac Cafe.

The Limit, by Kristen Landon, at Ms. Yingling Reads (with bonus quick look at Haunted Houses, by Robert San Souci)

Mixed Magics, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Stella Matutina

Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, at Great Kid Books

The Perilous Gard, by Elizabeth Marie Pope, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Power of Three, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Fantasy Literature

Raider's Ransom, by Emily Diamand, at Coffee for the Brain

Reckless, by Cornelia Funke, at Guys Lit Wire

Sabotaged, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Charlotte's Library

Sky Island, by L. Frank Baum, at Tor.

Small Persons with Wings, by Ellen Booraem, at Eva's Book Addiction

The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner, at books4yourkids

Under the Green Hill, by Laura Sullivan, at Book Aunt.

Zahrah the Windseeker, by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, at Charlotte's Library

A three for one at Ms. Yingling Reads-- The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, The Inside Story, by Michael Buckley, and The Wyverns' Treasure, by R.L. LaFevers.

The Edge Chronicles, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, at books4yourkids

The Interview (Did I miss any? There are usually more than one)

Lisa Row Fraustino (The Hole in the Wall) at Ms. Yingling Reads; Fraustino also visits The O.W.L. to share how her book came to be.

The Interesting things to read:

An article about the "portal fantasy" (a trope very relevant to mg sff) at io9

A look inside Tu Books (multicultural sff for kids and teens) at io9

An obituary for Eva Ibbotson, by Laura Amy Schlitz, at The Horn Book

Fairytale Reflections #8, featuring Sue Purkiss, at Katherine Langrish's Seven Miles of Steel Thistles.

The Holiday happenings:

Sign ups are now open for the Read in Color Holiday Book Exchange, being organized by Ari at Reading in Color and The Book Blogger Holiday Swap.

One last good thing:

And finally, for just a dollar a ticket, you can enter to win an ereader and give your support to the Carl Brandon Society's Ocatavia Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund, which sends two emerging writers of color to the Clarion writers workshops annually. Five are being given away, and "they will come pre-loaded with books, short stories, poems and essays by writers of color from the speculative fiction field. Some of the writers include N. K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Terence Taylor, Ted Chiang, Shweta Narayan, Chesya Burke, Moondancer Drake, Saladin Ahmed, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, and there will be many more."

p.s. anyone who wants to know about the workings of my little mind viz these roundups can read all about it here


  1. Thanks for posting the link to the post about portal fantasies. I'm writing one for middle graders and it was interesting to see the complaints about them. Hopefully, mine is different.

  2. Your very welcome, Natalie! Thanks for stopping by, and best wishes writing wise!


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