I am back from my conference, and here's this week's round-up of the posts I found in my blog reading that are relevant to middle grade science fiction and fantasy (middle grade being books written for kids 9-12). Please let me know if I missed your post!
The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True, by Gerald Morris, at There's a Book
Alanna, by Tamora Pierce, leads a list of books that defy stereotypes over at Great Kid Books
The Celestial Globe, by Marie Rutkoski, at Beyond Books
The Children of Green Knowe, by L. M. Boston, at Strange and Random Happenstance
The Dead Boys, by Royce Buckingham, at Library Chicken
Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Weiner, by Ursula Vernon, at Back to Books
Dragonbreath: Lair of the Bat Monster, by Ursula Vernon, at Back to Books
The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at Eva's Book Addiction
The Hound of Rowan, by Henry H. Neff, at Book Dreaming
In the Land of the Silver Apples, by Nancy Farmer, at Becky's Book Reviews
The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, at Boys Rule Boys Read!
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln, by Patricia Polacco, at The Fourth Musketeer
The Ropemaker, by Peter Dickinson, at Becky's Book Reviews
The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless, by Allan Woodrow, at Middle Grade Ninja
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at One Librarian's Book Reviews
And over at Book Aunt, Kate Coombs has a long and toothsome list of Spring Boy Books, including some mg sff.
Interviews and authors:
Andrew Peters (Ravenwood) talks about building a fictional world at Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books
An interview with Kelly Murphy (illustrator of the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, series) at The Enchanted Inkpot
Other Good Stuff:
Did you know the first book of the Spook's Apprentice series is being made into a movie? Here are some details.
On May 12, I hope to be at the Cambridge Public Library for the Diversity in YA tour stop. The mind-blowing line up is as follows: Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Deva Fagan, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Francisco X. Stork (anyone else going? Anyone who maybe wants to meet up before hand?)
Back in February, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, has been chosen as the first ever Kids Reading Across Rhode Island book. To kick things off, Grace will be visiting the Rhode Island State House on Saturday, May 14th, from 12 to 3. I'm going to try to go, with my eldest boy--anyone else?