Good morning! Here's what I found this week around the blogs that's of interest to us fans of middle grade (ages 9-12) fantasy and science fiction! Please let me know if I missed your post.
(would you all like more pictures of book covers? or do you care not at all? One reason I don't put them up is that I have a vague feeling that if I show some covers but not others, the ones I don't show will be sad...but I could get over this).
All in Good Time, by Edward Ormondroyd, at Charlotte's Library
The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, at Wandering Librarians
Bigger than a Breadbox, by Laurel Snyder, at Geo Librarian
Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at Abby the Librarian
The Centaur's Daughter, by Ellen Jensen Abbott, at Charlotte's Library (another one of those labeled YA, but just fine for older mg kids)
Down the Mysterly River, by Bill Willingham, at Tor
The Dragon of Cripple Creek, by Troy Howell, at Rangatira's Ruminations
Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull, at Susan Dennard
The Fingertips of Dustin Dorfman, by Meg Wolitzer, at Charlotte's Library
The Giver series, by Lois Lowry, at Reading Vacation
Gossamer, by Lois Lowry, at Reading Vacation
Half Upon a Time, by James Riley, at Shannon Whitney Messenger
The Inquisitor's Apprentice, by Chris Moriarty, at Book Aunt
Liesl & Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Book Aunt
The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo, at The Accidental Novelist
Mistress of the Storm, by M.L. Welsh, at Book Aunt
Rip Tide, by Kat Falls, at Bibliophile
Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, at My Brain on Books
A Tale of Two Castles, by Gail Carson Levine, at The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Time Running Out, by Panama Oxridge, at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books
Toby Alone, by Timothee de Fombelle, at Library Chicken
The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, at The O.W.L. and For the Love of Reading
Villain School: Good Curses Evil, by Stephanie S. Sanders, at Charlotte's Library
Warriors: Into the Wild, by Erin Hunter, at Fantasy Literature
Whales on Stilts, by M.T. Anderson, at The Christian Fantasy Review
Wisdom's Kiss, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, at Stacked and Stella Matutina
A World Without Heros, by Brandon Mull, at Challenging the Bookworm
Z. Raptor, by Steve Coles, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Authors and Interviews:
Greg van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World) at Writing on the Sidewalk
Stephanie Burgis (Kat, Incorrigible) at Sarvenaz Tash
Other Good Stuff:
Heavy Medal, the mock Newbery blog, is up and running again --with lots to say about middle grade fantasy books in contention (and other books too, but these things happen). So far this year, I'm don't have a mg sff book in mind for the win (do you?)...but that could change at any moment!
At Oz and Ends, you can find a fascinating reflection on Political Authority in Children's Fantasy.
There's an on-line auction of children's book art underway to support free speech, organized by the American Booksellers Association for Free Expression.
A call for papers has just gone out for a 2012 conference in Ottawa on Children's Literature and Imaginative Geography.
And finally, aren't these posters, from artist Caroline Hadilaksono, lovely? Thanks, Madigan, for the link! I would take the third trip, myself.