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

Another week, another round-up! Let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews:

Alien Storm, by A.G. Taylor, at Nayu's Reading Corner.

Archvillain, by Barry Lyga, at Coffee for the Brain.

Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld, at Biblophilia and at Coffee for the Brain.

The Crossroads, by Chris Grabenstein, at Books & Other Thoughts

The Dead Boys, by Royce Buckingham, at La Femme Readers

Facing Fire, by kc dyer, at Charlotte's Library

The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson, at The Fiction Enthusiast

The Interdimensional Dumpster, by Ray Connor, at Coffee for the Brain.

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, at Charlotte's Library.

Lucy and the Green Man (ak Lob in the UK), by Linda Newbery at Kids Lit

Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, at Reading in Color.

Oracles of Delphi Keep, by Victoria Laurie, at Elizabeth Swigar's Book Blog.

A Practical Guide to Dragon Magic, by Susan J. Morris, at Manga Maniac Cafe.

The Rise of the Darklings (Invisible Order Book 1) by Paul Crilley, at Kids Lit.

Savvy, by Ingrid Law, at Middle Grade Ninja

The Secret Lives of Princesses, by Philippe Lechermeier, at Charlotte's Library

The Sixty-eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone, at A Patchwork of Books.

The Smokey Corridor, by Chris Grabenstein, at Back to Books

The Song of Whales, by Uri Orlev, at Coffee for the Brain.

Taronga, by Victor Kelleher, at Cane Toad Warrior.

Thornspell, by Helen Lowe, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree, by Timothee de Fombelle, at 100 Scope Notes.

Kate Coombs (aka Book Aunt) has a three for one post "Tricksters, Thieves, and Other Thuggery," and Ms. Yingling Reads has short reviews of a variety of middle grade Cybils nominees this week.

Authors and Interviews:

Henry Neff talks about his fantasy tirlogy, The Tapestry, at Grasping for the Wind.

Ingrid Law (Savvy and Scumble) at Middle Grade Ninja.
Barry Deutsch (Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword) at The Enchanted Inkpot.
Salman Rushdie (Luka and the Fire of Life) at The Book Haven.

Everything Else:

Anyone who wants to read more Steampunk should Not Miss this great list at School Library Journal.

Kate Coombs talks about fairytale reimagings at The Enchanted Inkpot, and this week's guest at Katherine Langrish's Fairytale Reflections series is John Dickinson.

I don't much mention giveaways, but some, like this one at The Enchanted Inkpot, are of such exceptional interest to fans of mg sff that I just have to.

And finally, in the just because category, here is a gallery of Steampunk Superheros (found via io9):
My favorite is "Stupendous Miss" (bottom left, below, click to embiggen). The set will be available for purchase once it stops being sold out.


  1. Okay, that's it. I want to be Stupendous Miss for Halloween.

  2. Then I guess I shall have to go as Duchesse La Bat!


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