It being Father's Day, I have been wracking my brains trying to come up with Good Fathers in mg sff. The best one I could come up with is the dad in A Whole Nother Story--sympathetic, interested in his kids, and determined to bring their mom back. I also like Septimus Heap's father lots. But mostly dads seem deader or absenter even than moms....and even nice dads, like Min Li's in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, get pushed of stage pretty fast...
Do you have a favorite mg sff dad?
Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, by Dave Roman, at Geek Dad and Charlotte's Library
The Beejum Book, by Alice O. Howell, at Books & other thoughts
Cinder and Ella, by Melissa Lemon, at its all about books and Reading Vacation (where you can also find this character interview)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente, at Just Booking Around
Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld, at The Compulsive Reader
Invisible Inkling, by Emily Jenkins, at Postcards from La-La Land
Juniper Berry, by M.P. Kozlowsky, at TheHappyNappyBookseller
Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, at One Librarian's Book Reviews
My Father's Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett, at Anita Silvey's Book-a-Day Almanac
Nation, by Terry Prachett, at Stacked (audiobook review)
No Passengers Beyond this Point, by Gennifer Choldenko, at Bookends
Noah Barleywater Runs Away, by John Boyne, at Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia
The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Trafton, at Becky's Book Reviews
The Seven Sorcerers, by Caro King, at books4yourkids
Spellbound, by Jacqueline West, at Books Together
A Tale of Two Castles, by Gail Carson Levine, at Charlotte's Library
Zombiekins, by Kevin Bolger, at Somewhere in the Middle
Other Good Things:
At Cracking the Cover, you can read about how a father and his son turned their bedtime ritual into the fantasy novel Sword of Darrow.
At Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, Fairytale Reflections continues with Gwyneth Jones, and Anita Slivey looks back with fondness at Brian Jacques
For Harry Potter fans, head over to Tor, where there's an ongoing Potterpalooza celebration going on until the release of the final movie. And of course there's
And finally, to celebrate the release of Juniper Berry (my review coming up on Wednesday, d.v.), Walden Media is holding a writing competition:
"Juniper Berry is a story about a girl trapped in a modern-day fairy tale: a world that is both terrifying and enticing. After you read the first two chapters, write your own story of terror and temptation in 500 to 1500 words. Make your story appropriate for kids. The first sentence should start with “Mother and father aren’t quite right.”
Who: The contest is open to US residents between the ages of 9 and 14.
When: Send your entry before July 1, 2011.
Prizes: One winner will receive the following prize:
- One Apple® iPad®
- Selection of Walden Pond Press eBooks, hardcovers and paperbacks
- Story featured on walden.com