This Sunday's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction postings from around the blogs

Welcome to another round-up of posts about fantasy and science fiction books for children! Every Sunday I gather here the posts about "middle grade" sci fi/fantasy books that I found during the week, to share them with like-minded folks in a celebration of the books and their authors (makes rude face at Martin Amis). If I missed your mg sff post, please let me know!

The big mg sff news of the month comes tomorrow when the CYBILS WINNERS are announced! Which of these fine books will win? Which do you think will?

The Reviews:

The 13 Treasures, by Michelle Harrison, at Ex Libris

The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True, by Gerald Morris, at Pink Me

Bubble in the Bathtup, by Jo Nesbo, at Back to Books

Dandelion Fire, by N.D. Wilson, at The O.W.L. (audio book review)

The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at Kidliterate

Fantasy: An Artist's Realm, by Ben Boos, at Madigan Reads

Half-Minute Horrors, by Susan Rich, at Reading Tween

House of Dolls, by Francesca Lia Block, at A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy

How to Slay a Dragon, by Bill Allen, at Reading Vacation

The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo, at Book Nut

The Midnight Curse, by L.M. Falcone, at Jean Little Library

Reckless, by Cornelia Funke, at Red House Books

The Snowstorm, by Beryl Netherclift, at Charlotte's Library

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at books4yourkids

Time Riders, by Alex Scarrow, at Ms. Yingling Reads

A True Princess, by Diane Zahler, at GreenBeanTeenQueen and There's a Book

The Underneath, by Kathi Appelt, at Middle Grade Ninja

When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, has reached the UK (couldn'd resist, sorry), and was shortlisted for the Waterson's Children Book Prize. Here's a review from Bookwitch.

The Wide Awake Princess, by E.D. Baker, at Kidliterate

Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke, at 100 Scope Notes, Charlotte's Library, Pickled Bananas, and Triple Take.


Kathi Appelt (The Underneath, Keeper) at Middle Grade Ninja; Diane Zahler (A True Princess) at The Cazzy Files and at Mother Daughter Book Club.

And Ellen Renner (Castle of Shadows) is this week's Fairy Tale Reflector at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles.

Other things of great interest:

Missed this one last week-- Zetta Elliott has compiled a list of speculative fiction for kids by US based authors of African descent, and here are the thoughts of Haitan-American writer Ibi Aanu Zoboi on the subject

GeekDad has turned his attention to Stories about Girls, including lots of fantasy books. Here's the link to part 4, because that has links to the earlier parts.

Here's the Guardian's obituary for Brian Jacques.

(I don't usually publicize other peoples' giveaways, but I make exceptions when I feel like it. So if you want to win all three Nathanial Fludd, Beastologist, books, visit First Page Panda)

And finally:

I am a huge fan of Wallace and Grommit. So although the adventures of a lamb headed off to preschool doesn't, in itself, make me squee, knowing that it's made by the same folks makes me pleasantly anticipatory. Timmy Time: Timmy Steals the Show, will be making its US debut later this month.

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