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

Greetings, middle grade science fiction and fantasy friends, and welcome to another week's worth of what I found from around the blogs that of interest to us mg sff fans (please let me know if I missed your post--things were more scattered than usual this week!). If you are new to these round-ups, here's the full story.

But first, a Giveaway. At Book Expo America, I found three extra mg sff ARCs, and brought them home to give away here. And I'm not announcing it elsewhere, or putting it in the header, because you who read these round-ups are the people to whom I want to give these books (technical details at the bottom the post).

Here they are:

(although the ARC
of The Orphan of
Awkward Falls has a
different cover)

And now the reviews:

The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley, at Steph Su Reads

The Cabinet of Wonders, by Marie Rutkoski, at books4yourkids

Day of the Assassins, by Johnny O'Brien, at Charlotte's Library

The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at Candace's Book Blog and The Fringe Magazine

Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Waking Brain Cells

Knightly Academy, by Violet Haberdasher, at A Backwards Story

The Lost Conspiracy, by Frances Hardinge, at By Singing Light (which should have gone in last week's round-up, but ended up in a draft post all by itself)

The Midnight Gate, by Helen Stringer, at The O.W.L. and at Wicked Awesome Books

No Such Thing as Dragons, by Philip Reeve, at books4yourkids

Small Persons With Wings, by Ellen Booraem, at Geo Librarian

The Society of Dread (Candleman) by Glenn Dakin, at Nayu's Reading Corner (and she has a give-away here)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, at Reading Vacation

The Wikkeling, by Steven Arntson, at The Book Smugglers

Authors and Interviews:

Janice Hardy (The Healing Wars series) at The Compulsive Reader

Stephanie Burigs (Kat, Incorrigible) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Glenn Dakin (Candleman) at Nayu's Reading Corner

Helen Stringer (The Midnight Gate), at The O.W.L. (includes give away)

Nathan Bransford (Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow) at From the Mixed Up Files

Eric Nylund (The Resistors) at Random Acts of Reading

Matthew Kirby (The Clockwork Three) at From the Mixed Up Files

Other Good Stuff:

The Book Smugglers (it was great to meet them in person at the Book Blogger Convention!) showcase the mg sff books they took home with them.

Here's Alan Rickman's good-bye to Snape, from Empire Magazine, via Bookshelves of Doom

Giveaway Details:
There will be three winners (ie, one book each). Leave a comment to enter, make sure there's a way to contact you, and let me know the order in which you want them. International friends are welcome to enter too! I'll pick the winners just before I post (d.v.) next week's roundup.


  1. I really appreciate all of the time and effort you put into these posts! They are a must read for me each week.

    (Contest - Orphan 1, Unawanteds 2, Jewel 3)

  2. Oh, how wonderful! I always find the best books here. I'll enter... 1)Orphan 2)Unwanteds 3)Jewel

  3. I really love those silhouette book covers; that series (Cabinet of Wonders, et al) is so great!

    And how sweet of you to pick up extra books! I hope to follow you around at one of these things someday, seeing how you pick up all the discards!

  4. Thank you so much for the giveaway! What a nice added treat for the weekly round-up. :)

    They all look great, but I think I'll go with:

    -Jewel (only last because I haven't read the others yet)

    imagesandwords at optonline dot net

  5. Thank you all for entering! I am surprised that all of you have put Orphan first! Would that I had had a larger bag and could have taken Orphans home for all of you--this was one of the ones that had been left behind in a meeting room that I rescued.

    I am assuming that those of you who are putting Jewel last haven't, like Small Review, read the first ones...plese do because they are really good!

    And I guess, Tanita, that since you have already seen me in my natural habitat, as it were, I have nothing to lose by letting you follow me around next time!

  6. They all look wonderful, but I'm going to go with the popular order of 1)Orphan 2) Unwanteds 3) Jewel

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!


  7. They all look great, but at my house we are DYING for the release of The Jewel of the Kalderash! So my list is: 1) Jewel; 2) Unwanteds; 3) Orphan.

  8. I'm with everyone in saying how happy I am you do these posts! They are fantastic. I'm not sure which of the three I'd want most, so I say any of them!

  9. Thank you for holding this giveaway! For me, I'd really love the Jewel, Unwanteds, or the Orphan in that order.

    Thanks so much! And please contact me at: sbthibana@gmail.com


  10. I love these round-ups that you do. Thanks for all the hard work. Just for your information, I've started doing a weekly post on a fantasy/sci-fi book (Fantastic Fridays). This week's is Small Persons with Wings at http://geolibrarian.blogspot.com/2011/05/fantastic-friday-small-persons-with.html. For the giveaway, I'd like 1-Jewel, 2-Unwanteds, 3-Orphan.

  11. Thanks for another wonderful round-up, and for putting up these ARCs from BEA (heard so many good things about all these already).

    Looks like I'm drawn to the same ones as everyone else:
    My list is 1) Orphan 2) Unwanteds 3) Jewel

    My email is safielstar AT hotmail DOT com

    Thank you :)

  12. You are all very welcome, and thanks for your thanks!

    I find it interesting that The Unwanteds, which was perhaps the most sought after at BEA. because, I think, of the YA cache of its author, is not yet first on anyone's list.

    And thanks for the link, Geo Lirarian! I've put it up, and do remind me next time if I miss your post, although I will try to be sure to stop by.

  13. Thanks for a great blog: it's one of my favorites on my feed reader.

    ( 1:Unwanteds, 2:Orphan, 3:Jewel )

  14. Great round-up. I'd like 1. Unwanteds. 2. Orphan 3. Jewel. Thanks for the contest.

  15. Like others, I use your round-ups to help me order for my library. And I feel bad that I've been sooo busy this month at school (it's research paper season) that I haven't posted!

    1) unwanted 2)orphan 3) jewel


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