The Sunday's Round-up of Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy postings from around the blogs

Hi. Here's what I found this week; let me know if I missed your post! (I try to find all the posts I can, and am rather pleased that I found four blogs this week that I had never visited before (I think), but I know I am missing lots....so do let me know).

The Reviews:

100 Cupboards, by N.D. Wilson, at Challenging the Book Worm

Bad Island, by Doug TenNapel, at Stacked

The Blackhope Enigma, by Teresa Flavin, at Bookyurt

A Boy and His Bot, by Daniel H. Wilson, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Cart and Cwidder, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Just Booking Around

The Chalice of Immortality, by Erica Kirov, at Manga Maniac Cafe

The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carman Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, at Fuse #8

City of Fire, by Laurence Yep, at All Things Urban Fantasy

Comet in Moominland, by Tove Jansson, at Anita Silvey's Book-a-Day Almanac

The Dark City, by Catherine Fisher, by Janicu's Book Blog

Down the Mysterly River, by Bill Willingham, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at BC Book Talk

Entwined, by Heather Dixon, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

Found, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Truly Bookish

Gear School, by Adam Gallardo, Nuria Peris, and Sergio Sandoval, at Wandering Librarians

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, by Mary Downing Hahn, at My Favorite Books

The Giver, by Lois Lowry, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, at Books Beside My Bed

Lair of the Bat Monster, by Ursula Vernon, at Library Chicken

The Last Dragon, by Jane Yolen, at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

The Magical Ms. Plum, by Bonny Becker, at Geo Librarian

The Midnight Gate, by Helen Stringer, at TheHappyNappyBookseller

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, at The YaYaYas and Parenthetical.net (I vaugely thought this was more YAish than MGish, but I just read it last week myself, and would not hesitate to give it to an older middle grade reader. Appologies to anyone whose review I didn't include in round-ups past)

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier, at Hip Mama Jenn and Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing

Rip Tide, by Kat Falls, at So Many Books, So Little Time

Scary School, by Derek the Ghost, at The Picnic Basket

Sidekicks, by Dan Santat, at Bookends

The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex, at YA Bibliophile

The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, at Ex Libris

Vanished, by Sheela Chari, at TheHappyNappyBookseller (I hadn't pegged this one as fantasy, but I'll take Doret's word (ie, her comment below) for it!)

Verdigris Deep, by Frances Hardinge, at Geranium Cat's Bookshelf

Violet Wings, by at Nayu's Reading Corner

The Wicked Enchantment, by Margot Benary-Isbert, at Charlotte's Library

Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, at Karissa's Reading Review

At The Book Zone (for Boys), you can find a look at two of the Booksurfers series by David Gatward.

And at Amy's Library of ROCK, here's a thank you letter to Adam Gidwitz, describing how his Tale Dark and Grimm saved her summer reading club....

Authors and Interviews:

Jonathan Auxier (Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes) at Literary Rambles

Matt Myklusch (the Jack Blank series) at Manga Maniac Cafe

Barry Hutchison (the Invisible Fiends series) at Wondrous Reads, where there's also a review of Doc Mortis.

Erica Kirov (The Magickeepers series) at Manga Maniac Cafe

Bill Doyle (Attack of the Shark-Headed Zombie, at Literary Asylum.

Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams (Goddess Girls) at Cynsations


  1. Another great roundup!

    I have got a review of Diana Wynne Jones's Cart and Cwidder at my blog:

  2. I never really consider the references I make to books on my blog proper reviews, but I feel this week I MUST share my "Open Letter to Adam Gidwitz," on the experience of sharing A Tale Dark and Grimm with my Summer Reading Club: http://rockinlibrarian.livejournal.com/222746.html

  3. thanks guys! I also just added a review of my own which I over looked....

  4. I also reviewed Vanished by Chari.

    Thanks for another great round up.

  5. I think Vanished is on the cusp of the fantasy /fiction line but there is an age old curse on Neela's veena


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