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

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 Reviews:

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?


  1. Grace Lin is getting around. She is going to be in my town (in TN) for our library's Festival of Reading the Saturday after that.

  2. Cool! We can compare notes...

  3. I'm envious of the people who get to go to that, or be involved. It was a great idea to begin with, to emphasize these books, but to travel and sort of be fun-yet-harmless authors will go a long way toward promoting the idea that, "hey, people of diversity are okay!" Which you would think wouldn't be too new of an idea, but we all have our little fears...

  4. Great round up. Today I interviewed Janice Hardy at Literary Rambles with a giveaway of THE SHIFTER if you want to list it next Sunday.


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