Welcome to the Mother's Day edition of my weekly round-up of blog postings related to middle-grade science fiction and fantasy roundups! (although there's actual almost never much science fiction, so it's a bit of a misnomer). Please let me know if I missed your post, or the posts of your loved ones.
I thought about asking you all who your favorite mg sff mother was, but then I figured Molly Weasley would win, as usual. So to be more interesting, how about your favorite fictional mother, or mother surrogate, who happens to be a ghost?
Here's the list so far:
Belladonna Johnson's mother, from Spellbinder and The Midnight Gate, by Helen Stringer
Mrs. Wilkinson, from Dial-a-Ghost, by Eva Ibbotson
Mrs. Owens, from The Graveyard Book
The ghost mother from the I So Don't Do Mysteries series by Barrie Summy (thanks Doret!)
Olive C. Spence, from Kate Klise's 43 Old Cemetery Road series (thanks Kate!)
Broomsticks, by Sean McHugh and Katie McHugh Parker, at The O.W.L.
Charlotte Sometimes, by Penelope Farmer, reviewed by Jo Walton at Tor, who thinks this is a book best appreciated by adults-I myself loved it as a child, but then I've always been fond of books in which detail and character trump Happenings. Or maybe it's because I'm Charlotte, and have a little sister named Emily, as is the case in the book (sort of).
Crusade in Jeans, by Thea Beckman, at Charlotte's Library
The Dead Boys, by Royce Buckingham, at One Librarian's Book Reviews
The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at Jen Robinson's Book Page and The BookKids Blog
The Friendship Doll, by Kirby Larson, at The Fourth Musketeer (I guess it's fantasy, because it's narrated by a doll....)
Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins, at Just Booking Around
Juniper Berry, by M.P. Kozlowsky, at There's A Book, Lori Calabrese, and Reading Vacation
Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog, Karissa's Reading Review, and Laura Pauling
The Midnight Gate, by Helen Stringer, at The Bluestocking Guide
The Pinhoe Egg, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Ela's Book Blog
Re: Wired, by Alex Keller, at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books
The Shadow Hunt, by Katherine Langrish, at The Written World
The Silver Bowl, by Diane Stanley, at Book Aunt
Troubletwisters, by Garth Nix and Sean Williams, at Ms. Martin Teaches Media and reviewed by Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing
A Web of Air, by Philip Reeve, at Fantasy Literature
West of the Moon, by Katherine Langrish, at Book Aunt
Zorgamazoo, by Robert Paul Weston, at Great Kid Books
Fun with Monsters (a variety of titles) at Great Kid Books
Ms. Yingling looks at the new books in the Ranger's Apprentice series and The Last Apprentice series
And finally (although it's not exactly a review) Michael Chabon shares his thoughts on The Phantom Tollbooth at The New York Review of Books
Interviews and authors:
Sean McHugh and Katie McHugh Parker (Broomsticks) at The O.W.L.
Alex Keller (Haywired and Re: Wired) at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books
Janice Hardy (The Shifter and Blue Fire) at Literary Rambles
M.P. Kozlowsky (Juniper Berry) at Literary Asylum and Lori Calabrese
Mark Jeffrey (Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant) at Book Dreaming; he's also interviewed at Book Dreaming
Christine Brodien-Jones (The Owl Keeper) on "writing scary (but not too scary) for tweens" at Cynsations
Jennifer Trafton (The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic) on map making at Imagination Soup
Other Good Stuff:
Ninth Ward is a Jane Addams Award Honor Book
The Children's Choice Awards have been announced--Rick Riordan has won Author of the Year for The Lost Hero, and The Red Pyramid was chosen as fifth grade to sixth grade book of the year.
Not middle grade sff, per se, but so very much worth linking to it doesn't matter--at Bookyurt you can find the transcription of the finalists for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize for Young Adult Literature (Megan Whalen Turner, Jonathan Stroud, and Rick Yancy) speaking in the Worlds Beyond Imagination panel.
And finally, the Really Exciting News:
Small Beer Press has published a new anthology of Joan Aiken stories, entitled The Monkey's Wedding and Other Stories! This is a gift unhoped for, as she is no longer with us. Thanks, Colleen, for this happy news. Although the cover looks creepy. Which makes sense, given Aiken's occasional penchant for the discomforting--anyone else wish they hadn't read the story in which the boy's broken leg gets eaten by insects inside the cast?
In addition to all the news and reviews, don't forget to check out the Guys Lit Wire book drive for a needy Washington D.C. high school! Some mg sff books on the list that still need buyers are The Devil's Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen, The Grey King and Silver on the Tree, by Susan Cooper, The Hobbit, and The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, and, moving YA-ward, I hope someone buys The King of Attolia and Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner!