This Sunday's round-up of middle grade fantasy and sci fi posting from around the blogs

Here's this week's middle grade sci fi/fantasy round-up; it seems a bit on the skimpy side, and I'm afraid I might have overlooked things (it was a hectic week) so do let me know if I missed your mg sff post!

Bless This Mouse, by Lois Lowry, at A Patchwork of Books

Blue Fire, by Janice Hardy, at Let the Words Flow

The Bone Magician, by F.E. Higgins, at Beyond Books

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch, at Book Nut

Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at aleeza reads and writes

The Last Polar Bears, and the next books in the series by Harry Horse, at books4yourkids

Max Quick--The Pocket and the Pendent, by Mark Jeffrey, at watchYAreading?

Searching for Dragons, by Patricia Wrede, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Trouble With Chickens, by Doreen Cronin, at Bookends

Zita the Space Girl, by Ben Hatke, at Bookends

Authors at large:

Stephanie Burgis (Kat, Incorrigible) at Steph Su Reads (with bonus giveaway)

At A Year of Reading, you will find a video of Gennifer Choldenko (No Passengers Beyond this Point) discussing this book and her writing (and you'll also find some quick looks at other middle grade books).

And Gennifer Choldenko is also interviewed at Shelf Elf.

Brian Chick (The Secret Zoo series) talks about school visits at Under the Green Willow

Kelly Barnhouse (The Mostly True Story of Jack) is interviewed at nancyfulda

Other good stuff:

The folks over at the Enchanted Inkpot are talking small this week, looking at fantasy books where the scale of the characters is miniature.

These round-ups are very fantasy heavy, so it's nice to have a bit of sci fi news- the first book in PJ Haarsman's Softwire series, Virus on Orbis, is available free in ebook form until April 30th, 2011. Exciting adventures out in space, with lots of aliens and other sci fi goodness!

Over at School Library Journal's Battle of the Books, the mg fantasy showdown match took place, with Keeper up against Hereville.

And here's a really cool thing: you know the "X-wing" fighters from Star Wars? Well, here's the whole alphabet of fighters, created from lego. The "M-wing" at right looks pretty serviceable; others, not so much. Thanks to Geek Dad for the link.


  1. I reviewed The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal this week.

  2. Thanks Madigan...but (even though I think an upper middle grade girl would enjoy this one perfectly well) False Princess is marketed as YA, and I've been treating it as such....an arbitrary line, but one has to draw it somewhere....

  3. Is Knife by R.J. Anderson (published as Spell Hunter in the US) considered MG? If yes then I reviewed it this week. :) I felt like it was MG when I was reading it but I'm not sure whether it's marketed as that.

  4. Knife is another that tetters on the edge in my mind, Cachic, but I haven't been including it....sorry!

  5. Ah! I was thinking of you while I read it, of course, because I hadn't heard of The False Princess until I read your review on your blog. I loved the book, by the way, so thanks for the recommendation!


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