This Sunday's Middle Grade Fantasy and Science Fiction Round-up!

Welcome to another week's worth of posts from around the blogging world about middle grade fantasy and science fiction for kids! Please let me know if I missed your post!

Kicking off with the Really Exciting News, from The Bookseller.com

"HarperCollins Children’s Books has bought a new book from Diana Wynne Jones.

Publishing director Rachel Denwood acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in Earwig and the Witch, for readers aged five-eight-years-old from agent Laura Cecil.

The story tells of orphan Earwig, living at St Morwald's Orphanage, who is chosen for adoption but soon discovers her new "mother" is a witch.

Denwood called the book "thrilling, funny, timeless and truly delightful", and "a story set for classic status".

The book will be published in a "stunning, highly covetable hardback", illustrated by Marion Lindsay, in June 2011."

According to Those Who Know on the DWJ list, this is a book she had written a while ago, and revised just a tad for publication. (Incidently, "covetable" wasn't a word I'd come across before. I don't like it. What's wrong with "desirable?")

The Reviews:

Boneshaker, by Kate Milford, at Eva's Book Addiction and Booked up

Bookweirder, by Paul Glennon, at Back to Books

Boom! by Mark Haddon, at My Brain on Books

The Call (The Magnificent 12 Book 1) by Michael Grant, at Coffee for the Brain

The Charlatan's Boy, by Jonathan Rogers, at Coffee For the Brain

The Clockwork Three, by Matthew Kirby, at Fantasy Literature

The Coming of the Dragon, by Rebecca Barnhouse, at Charlotte's Library

The Curse of the Romany Wolves, by S. Jones Rogan, at Back To Books

The Dead Boys, by Royce Buckingham, at Coffee for the Brain and Booked Up

Dragon Flight, by Jessica Day George, at Reading Vacation

Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, at Shannon Whitney Messenger

The End of the World Club (Jaguar Stones Book II) at The Reading Zone

Facing Fire, by kc dyer, at Book Aunt

Gargoylz Make a Movie, by Burchett and Vogler, at Nayu's Reading Corner

George Washington's Socks, by Elvira Woodruff, at Charlotte's Library

The Girl Who Could Fly, by Victoria Forester at Mister K Reads

The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

Hero, by Mike Lupica, at BC Book Talk

How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch, at books4yourkids

Keeper, by Kathi Appelt, at Green Bean Teen Queen

Knights of the Kitchen Table, by Jon Scieszka, at Once Upon a Bookshelf

The Line, by Teri Hall, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

The Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas, at The Ladybug Reads

Museum of Theives, by Lian Tanner, at TheHappyNappyBookseller

Reckless, by Cornelia Funke, at Booked Up

The Ring of Solomon, by Jonathan Stroud, at Charlotte's Library

The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi, at Madigan Reads

The Storm in the Barn, by Matt Phelan at Books and Other Thoughts

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at Bookyurt

Wolven, by Di Toft, at Booked Up

Interviews and author guest posts:

Helene Boudreau (Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings) at Mundie Moms

Barry Deutsch (How Mirka Got Her Sword) at books4yourkids

John Mayhew (Mortlock) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Frank Cottrell Boyce (Cosmic) at Fuse #8

Michelle Knudson (The Dragon of Trelian) at Cynsations.

Hélène Boudreau (Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings) at From the Mixed Up Files...of Middle Grade Authors

Henry Neff (The Tapestry Series) at Fantasy Book Critic

Kathi Appelt (Keeper) at The O.W.L.

Other Good Stuff:

"Harry Potter and the Flawed Interpretation" at Oz and Ends

Read about Tu Books (a new imprint of Lee and Low, focusing on multicultural sci fi/fantasy) at There's a Book

"Steampunk for Kids--6 Books from 2010", at Charlotte's Library

And this week's guest at the Fairytale Reflection Series over at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles is Celia Rees.

I hope all who are going to be celebrating Christmas get lots of nice books (or whatever lesser present will make them happy. I, for instance, am hoping for a battery charger. As well as books. I am also hoping that the four books that haven't come yet will, in fact, do so...otherwise I shall have to wrap pieces of paper. Sigh).

(picture found at Poe's Ghostal's Points of Articulation, originally from The Brothers Brick)

(if you are reading this in its entirety somewhere else, it's been lifted without my permission).


  1. The Diana Wynne Jones news made my day--thank you!

  2. A new DWJ novel!!!!!

    And I've never heard the word "covetable" either. Desirable is a perfectly decent word. Covetable just sounds all wrong.

    Thanks for the HP link too. That was interesting.

  3. It's great seeing so many SF/F titles here. When I was a kid, it was pretty much The Chronicles of Narnia and Chronicles of Prydain. Somehow I became a SF/F geek anyway, but that's not the point. ;)


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