Welcome to another week's worth of carefully (more or less) gathered blog posts pertaining to middle grade science fiction and fantasy! If you like these round-ups, do please consider mentioning them on your own blog--I'd love more people stopping by to enjoy all the great reviews etc.!
If I missed your post, let me know...and anyone, including authors and publishers and publicists, is welcome to send me links to blog posts at any time during the week--charlotteslibrary at blogspot dot com. Thanks.
Artemis the Brave (Goddess Girls) by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, at Biblio File
Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld, at Fantasy Literature
Beyonds, by Brandon Mull, at The Literary Wife
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, at Anita Silvey's Children's Book-a-day Almanac
Fantasy: An Artist's Realm, by Ben Boos, at Charlotte's Library
Fourth Grade Fairy, by Eileen Cook, at Manga Maniac Cafe
Lair of the Bat Monster (Dragon Breath) by Ursula Vernon, at The HappyNappyBookseller
Luka and the Fire of Life, by Salman Rushdie, at Tia's Book Musings
The Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
The Magnificent 12: The Call, by Michael Grant, at Book Review Blog for Caroline Hooton
Priscilla the Great, by Sybil Nelson, at Reading Tween
The Red Pyramid (audiobook), by Rick Riordan, at The O.W.L.
The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Trafton, at Charlotte's Library
Skeleton Man, by Joseph Bruchac, at Charlotte's Library
Small Persons With Wings, by Ellen Booraem, at Stella Matutina
Spellbinder, by Helen Stringer, at Books & Other Thoughts
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at Book Nut
Time Cat, by Lloyd Alexander, at BellaOnBook's Blog
The Time Travelling Fashionista, by Bianca Turetsky at TheHappyNappyBookseller and Confessions of a Book Addict
Under the Green Hill, by Laura L. Sullivan, at Middle Grade Ninja
Laura L. Sullivan (Under the Green Hill) at Middle Grade Ninja
Katherine Langrish's blog tour for West of the Moon continues, more info. here at her blog
Kate Milford (The Boneshaker) at Novel Journey
Other Things of Interest:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is getting a sequel. I was pleasantly surprised when I actually got around to reading the book (actually listening to it....); it wasn't that bad. But still, I wasn't desperate for more. However, since the writer of the sequel is going to be I writer I admire lots, Frank Cottrell Boyce (Cosmic), I am cautiously optimistic.
And in a similar vein, Jacqueline Wilson is going to be updating Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit (1902) for modern children. Why, I ask. Why.
Over at the SLJ Battle of the Books, Team MG SFF is holding its own--A Tale Dark and Grimm and Keeper both won their last matches.
The Magician's Nephew will be the next Narnia movie....I was hoping for The Silver Chair...
Booklist has assembled their top 10 graphic novels for kids, with fantasy nicely represented.
The shortlists for 2010 Aurealis Awards (Australian spec fic) have been announced; here are the children's books:
Grimsdon, Deborah Abela, Random House
Ranger's Apprentice #9: Halt's Peril, John Flanagan, Random House
The Vulture of Sommerset, Stephen M Giles, Pan Macmillan
The Keepers, Lian Tanner, Allen & Unwin
Haggis MacGregor and the Night of the Skull, Jen Storer & Gug Gordon, Aussie Nibbles (Penguin)
This is more a general interest item than a mg sff specific one, but if you have a few minutes, do visit the 2011 White Raven list! It's a list compiled each by the International Children's Library in Germany, and it is fascinating glimpse of what's being published around the world. I found this over at Mitali's Fire Escape--her book, Bamboo People, is one of the 8 that represents the US, and she is in most excellent company (you can see the list at her blog)!
And finally, there is the sad news of the passing of Diana Wynne Jones. I love her books dearly; they live right next to my bed.
There are two new books coming--Earwig and the Witch
(Greenwillow, Summer 2011), and a collection of DWJ's articles, lectures, and talks from David Fickling Books next year.
Still, I would have been happy if she had kept on writing forever.