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

Here's what I found in my blog reading this week--if I missed your post, let me know! (and if you are a new visitor to these round-ups, here's more info. about how I compile them).

The Reviews:

Bloodline Rising, by Katy Moran, at Charlotte's Library (older mg)

The Broken Citadel, by Joyce Ballou Gregorian, at Just Booking Around (older mg, or possibly even just plain old YA)

The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at Booking Mama

Falling In, by Frances O'Roark Dowell (audio review), at Book Nut

Invisible Inkling, by Emily Jenkins, at Book Dreaming

Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Fuse #8

Keeper, by Kathi Appelt, at Challenging the Bookworm

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, at Challenging the Bookworm

The Magnificent 12: The Call, by Michael Grant, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

The Mask Wearer (Amos Daragon, Book 1), by Bryan Perro, at Kiss the Book

The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere 1), by Jacqueline West, at Books & Other Thoughts and an audio review at The O.W.L.

Small Persons With Wings, by Ellen Booraem, at Narrative Investigations

My Sparkling Misfortune, by Laura Lond, at Reading Vacation

The Spellcoats, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Museum of Thieves, by Lian Tanner, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Ravenwood, by Andrew Peters, at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books

Shimmer, by Alyson Noel, at Reading Vacation and The Bibliophilic Book Blog

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horace, by R.L. LaFevers, at Strange and Random Happenstance

Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh, by R.L. LaFevers, at Strange and Random Happenstance

The Time-Travelling Fashionista, by Bianca Turetsky, at Reading Everywhere

Uncommon Magic, by Michelle Scott, at Reading Vacation

Under the Green Hill, by Laura L. Sullivan, at Eating Y.A. Books

A Year Without Autumn, by Liz Kessler, at I Was a Teenage Book Geek (where you will also find the first chapter of the book)

Zeus: King of the Gods, and Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, by George O'Connorat at Book Nut

Ms. Yingling reviews a trio of sci fi boy books, and at Nayu's Reading Corner you'll find some fun books by Steve Cole (author of the Astrosaurs series and more)

And finally, Anne at Black and White has a post about first read-aloud fantasy chapter books!

Interview and authors:

Nathan Bransford (Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow) at Anita Laydon Miller's Middle Grade Blog

Greg Van Eekhaut (The Boy at the End of the World) writes about "Tarkin’s Jodhpurs and Dystopia for Kids" at Tor

Other Good Stuff:

The authors over at The Enchanted Inkpot offer tributes to Diana Wynne Jones.

Grace Lin is celebrating the paperback release of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by giving away to eight people the free print of their choice from her etsy shop! Here's the one I would like:

My best friend in seventh grade had a series of recurring dreams in which Anne MacCaffery's Dragon Riders of Pern came to the big screen, with dead chickens (painted appropriately, if such a thing can be said of a dead chicken) being used for the fire lizards. That was long, long ago---and now her dream (sans chickens) is becoming a reality-- the dragons are actually coming to the big screen!

And finally, Peter Jackson has posted video diary entries from
The Hobbit on his facebook page (and you can watch it here at Suvudo)


  1. I don't mean to be intrusive, but I've also done a review of The Broken Citadel by Joyce Ballou Gregorian - it might be a little old for middle-grade, but then I was always a trifle fuzzy on what "middle-grade" meant.

  2. Not intrusive at all, Rina! It's what I hope people will do. I'm not sure myself if The Broken Citadel is YA or older mg--the cut off for mg is 12ish...but it's all more than a bit arbitrary. So I put it in on your say so! Thank!

  3. Hello, Charlotte. I always enjoy your reviews, and appreciate the round-ups!
    In my blog this week I introduced my new book "Ruin of Ancient Powers," which is sort of a fifth grade-on-up-ish reading level. If it's too much of an "advertisement" for your purposes I understand, since I know you're mostly looking for proper reviews, but in case it's of interest, the link is here: Introducing Ruin of Ancient Powers

  4. Congratulations, Anne!

    But I think that since I've turned down other authors writing directly about their new releases, I'll have to keep the line of not including that sort of post drawn. Sorry!!!!

  5. But I did go over to your blog, where I found your fantasy read aloud post, and snagged it!

  6. Fair enough on the self-promotion - and I'm glad you found something of use! =D

  7. I will have to take MY best friend in 7th grade to see this! These were her favorite, but I was too busy reading Danziger and Conford to read them. She did get me to read The Hobbit, though, before we all went to the theater to see a really bad animated version!

  8. Can't wait to read the new Theodosia book. Thanks for reminding me.

    I hope the Dragonriders movie is good, but I'm a little afraid. I loved those books when I was a teen--my mom handed me Dragonflight when I was about 11 or 12. (More like pressed it on me forcefully!) My favorites at the time had more young adult characters, though--The White Dragon, Dragonsong, etc.

    I do hope it's a decent screen adaptation. It has the potential to be really cool!


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