The first week of "child at new school" has mercifully ended, and we have great hopes that soon our new path habits* will be peacefully set in stone. In the meantime, there has been much reading and reviewing of middle grade science fiction and fantasy this week around the blogs, and it is, as always, a pleasure to gather it all together for your reading pleasure! When I say "all," it's with the recognition that I've probably missed lots, so let me know if I missed you post!
Big City Otto, by Bill Slavin, at A Year of Reading
The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright, at Waking Brain Cells
The Chestnut King, by N.D. Wilson, at Read in a Single Sitting
The Dragon of Cripple Creek, by Troy Howell, at Maltby Reads!
The Dragon Princess, by E.D. Baker, at Library Chicken
Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls, by Lynne Jonell, at Library Chicken
Fiendish Deeds (The Joy of Spooking, Book 1), by P. J. Bracegirdle, at Beyond Books
Fly Trap, by Frances Hardinge, at By Singing Light
Galaxy Games: The Challengers, by Greg Fishbone, at Charlotte's Library
The Girl Behind the Glass, by Jane Kelley, at Charlotte's Library
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente, at One Librarian's Book Reviews
Hazzardous Universe, by Julie Wright & Kevin Wasden, at LDS Women's Book Review
Hero, by Mike Lupica, at Donna St. Cyr
Juniper Berry, by M.P. Kozlowsky, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
The Last Council (Amulet Book 4), by Kazu Kibuishi, at A Year of Reading
The Last Dragon, by Jane Yolen, at Madigan Reads
The Midnight Gate, by Helen Stringer, at Books & Other Thoughts
Muddle Earth Too, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, at The Book Zone (for boys)
Nurk, by Ursula Vernon, at Library Chicken
The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell, at Stacked and Small Review
The Resisters, by Eric Nylund, at Maltby Reads!
Return to Exile, by E.J. Patten, at Reading Vacation
The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere 2), by Jacqueline West, at Mister K Reads
Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus, by R.L. LaFevers, at Read in a Single Sitting
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, by R.L. LaFevers, at Anita Silvey's Book a Day Almanac
There's No Such Thing as Ghosts, by Ursula Vernon, at Library Chicken
Trundle's Quest, by Allan Jones, at Geo Librarian
Under the Green Hill, by Laura L. Sullivan, at Beyond Books
The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog and The Elliott Review
Warrior Sheep Go West, by Christine & Christopher Russell, at Wicked Awesome Books
Wisdom's Kiss, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, at Book Aunt (who's assured me it's a middle grade crossover)
The Wizard of Dark Street, by Shawn Thomas Odyssey, at Susan Dennard
At Pickled Bananas, you can find short looks at Bad Island and Ghostopolis, by Doug Tennapel. For more graphic novel goodness, here are the first two books of the Three Thieves series, Tower of Treasure and At the Sign of the Black Rock, by Scott Chandler, at A Year of Reading.
At Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, you can find three out of the ordinary fantasy books--A Dark Horn Blowing by Dahlov Ipcar, Seaward by Susan Cooper, and Geraldine McCaughrean’s The Stones Are Hatching.
Author and Interviews:
Adam Jay Epstein (The Familiars) at There's a Book
Andrew Jacobson (co author of The Familiars) also at There's a Book
And there's an interview with the two of them at Kid Lit Frenzy
Other Good Stuff:
Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, is slated to be made into a movie by the same folks who brought us Coraline (more at Bookyurt)
My college chum Els (hi Els!) has assembled a lovely list of sci fi/fantasy school stories over at Tor.
Sherwood Smith talks about "the problem of kids and science fiction" at Book View Cafe Blog
And finally, continuing the whole "back to school" thing--here is a bunny classroom of great disturbing-ness that I would love to see someday in real life (from the taxidermy work of Victorian eccentric Walter Potter, via io9, where you can see many more pictures of dressed up dead animals....)
Here's a close up. Really cute, until you think about it....
*nothing to do with mg sff, but here is my favorite piece of writing on path habits--Konrad Lorenz discussing water shrews.