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

Hi. If by any chance you are new to my weekly round-ups of middle grade sci fi and fantasy, here's how it works--I read blogs all week and bookmark posts about mg sff, which I then share on Sundays! I miss lots of posts, and even ones I actually read and planned to include sometimes get lost in the shuffle (sadness), so let me know if I missed yours!

The Reviews:

Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magic Power, by David Pogue, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott and Larry Tuxbury, at Maltby Reads

Beswitched, by Kate Saunders, at Charlotte's Library

The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg van Eekhout, at Wands and Worlds

Down the Mysterly River, by Bill Willingham, at The Speculative Scotsman and at Good Books and Good Wine

The Girl Who Cirumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente, at Eva's Book Addiction

Ghost Messages, by Jacqueline Guest, at Geo Librarian

Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld, at Wandering Librarians

The Jewel of the Kalderash, by Marie Rutkoski, at Beyond Books

The Light Princess, by George MacDonald, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Mostly True Story of Jack, by Kelly Barnhill, at Geo Librarian

Sidekicks, by Dan Santat, at books4yourkids

The Six Crowns series, by Allan Jones, at Literate Lives (I was wondering about this series--I think I'll have to try it on my own eight year old)

Skellig, by David Almond, at Anita Silvey's Book a Day Almanac

The Tale of Emily Windsnap, by Liz Kessler, at My Favorite Books

The TimeRiders series, by Alex Scarrow, at My Favorite Books

The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, at The Reading Fever

Well Wished, by Franny Billingsley, at Charlotte's Library

Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, at One Page at a Time and Rachel's Reading Timbits

The Wizard of Dark Street, by Shawn Thomas Odyssey, at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog

I have a tendency to forget to include the reviews over at Kidsreads.com--it only shows up in my google reader after the month is over. But playing catch up a bit, here are a few of their reviews from the past few weeks:

The Empire of Gut and Bone, by M.T. Anderson, here

Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck, by Dale E. Basye, here

Noah Barleywater Runs Away, by John Boyne, here

The Resisters, by Eric Nylund, here

and finally, Anne at Black and White overs Part II of a compilation of field guides to fantastical creatures

Authors and Interviews:

Arthur Slade (The Hunchback Assignments series) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Jonathan Auxier (Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes) at Literary Asylum

Shawn Thomas Odyssey (The Wizard of Dark Street) at YA Bound and Mel's Books and Info

Other Good Stuff:

Old, but still very good news--The Queen's Thief series, by Megan Whalen Turner, won the Mythopoeic Award for children's literature.

Just for kicks, here's the list of all the past winners in that category--how many have you read? I have read 10...
  • 1992 Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  • 1993 Knight’s Wyrd by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
  • 1994 The Kingdom of Kevin Malone by Suzy McKee Charnas
  • 1995 Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl
  • 1996 The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones
  • 1997 (Combined with Adult Literature)--The Wood Wife by Terri Windling
  • 1998 Young Merlin trilogy by Jane Yolen
  • 1999 Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
  • 2000 The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley
  • 2001 Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun
  • 2002 The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson
  • 2003 Summerland by Michael Chabon
  • 2004 The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
  • 2005 A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
  • 2006 The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
  • 2007 Corbenic by Catherine Fisher
  • 2008 The Harry Potter series b J.K. Rowling
  • 2009 Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • 2010 Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
And finally, Doret (aka TheHappyNappyBookseller) has a post of great and mournful relevance: How to Work/How to Shop at a Liquidated Borders


  1. Technically since you already pointed to Cheryl R's review of The Glass Swallow, mine is just a redo, I guess.

    I love that MT Anderson writes for MG audiences. He's just so ...smart. Which obviously means brilliant kids everywhere. :)

  2. My love affair with the Heck series has hit a bump. Fibble found its way onto the did not finish pile.

    I've read three of the winners. Where the Mountain meets the Moon, Graceling and Summerland.

    What if you've only read one book in the winning trilogy or series?

    Because I've read just the first book in the Stroud trilogy.

  3. I've only read three, but if you count the Stroud books as three separate ones then I've read six! Summerland is really good, btw. If anyone reading this comment HASN'T read Summerland-- you really should.

    (Thanks to linking to me, too!)

  4. Oh Tanita, do not be sad--I would have linked to you, really, but I think Glass Swallow sounds more YA; Cheryl's review never got into a mg sff round up either!

    Too bad about Fibble, Doret--maybe the next one will work for you!

    I have never read Summerland! But I guess I should...


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