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

Here's what I found this week from around the blogs...as ever, let me know if I missed any posts of mg sff relevance!

The Reviews:

Bad Island, by Doug TenNapel, at Fuse #8

The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander, at Bookie Woogie

The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg van Eekhout, at Suburban (in)Sanity

The Dark City, by Catherine Fisher, at One Librarian's Book Reviews (I gave my own ARC of this away to a 12 year old boy I know, who liked it so much that he made (or at least started to make) his own recording of it so that his mother could listen to it on her commute to work)

Dr. Proctor's Fart Powder--Time Travel Bath Bomb, by Jo Nesbo, at Wondrous Reads

Enchanted Glass, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Confessions of a Bibliovore

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente, at Fuse #8

The Green Book, by Jill Paton Walsh, at Just Booking Around

Half-Magic, by Edward Eager, at Anita Silvey's Book-a-day Almanac

Human.4, by Mike Lancaster, at Charlotte's Library (one of those "YA" books that works for 11, even 10 year olds. My 10 year old is enjoying it, at any rate).

The Memory Bank, by Carolyn Coman, at Jen Robinson's Book Page

Scumble, by Ingrid Law, at Jen Robinson's Book Page

Spellbinder, by Helen Stringer at Kid Lit Frenzy

Three Lives to Live, by Anne Lindburgh, at Charlotte's Library

The Throne of Fire, by Rick Riordan, at Libri Dilectio

Tom's Midnight Garden, by at Anita Silvey's Children's Book-a-Day Almanac

Truth or Dare, by P.J. Night, at It's all about books

The Wikkeling, by Steven Arntson, at Candace's Book Blog

Other Good Stuff:

Helen Stringer (The Midnight Gate) at Wicked Awesome Books, Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books, and Kid Lit Frenzy

Here's the 2011 Guardian Children's Fiction long list, nicely presented at Waking Brain Cells.

And finally, the winners of last week's mg sff giveaway (which was a thank you from me to all of you who read these round-ups!):

Kerry wins an ARC of Orphan of Awkward Falls, Stephanie wins an ARC of Jewel of the Kalderash, and Heidi (aka Geo Librarian) gets an ARC of The Unwanteds! (I'll be emailing you all later to ask for your addresses!)


  1. My book is middle-grade, I believe, though frankly I think it's age eight through adulthood:


  2. Hey, thanks for the mention, Charlotte! I really liked that book, too.

  3. Thanks for your words of encouragement--kept me going when to books became too heavy to hold! And Patrick Stewart's deep baritone is good to hear, especially with The Last Battle.

  4. That story about The Dark City made me smile! What an awesome kid!


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