Here are all the middle grade fantasy and science fiction related blog posts etc. I found this week; please let me know if I missed your!
The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, at Eva's Book Addiction
The Bassumtyte Treasure, by Jane Louise Curry, at Charlotte's Library
Beasts (The Mystic Phyles) by Stephanie Brockway and Ralph Masiello, at Charlotte's Library
Blue Fire, by Janice Hardy (Healing Wars book 2) at books4yourkids
The Cheshire Cheese Cat, at Books of Wonder and Wisdom
The Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh, at Bookish
Darkfall, by Janice Hardy (Healing Wars book 3) at books4yourkids
Dragon Castle, by Joseph Bruchac, at Fuse #8
Elliot and the Pixie Plot, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, at Boys and Literacy
Galaxy Games, by Greg Fishbone, at TheHappyNappyBookseller
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland...., by Catherynne M. Valente, at Reads for Keeps
Ghostopolis, by Doug Tennapel, at Karissa's Reading Review
Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld, at Karissa's Reading Review and Biblio File
Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, by James Rollins, at Becky's Book Reviews
Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, by James Rollins, at Becky's Book Reviews
Kevin's Point of View, by Del Shannon, at Nayu's Reading Corner
Lair of the Bat Monster (Dragonbreath) by Ursula Vernon, at Good Books and Good Wine and Jean Little Library
Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Ex Libris
The Magic City, by E. Nesbit, at Tor
Masterwork of a Painting Elephant, by Michelle Cuevas, at Book Dragon
Monstrum House: Locked In, and Creeped Out, by Z. Fraillon, at Cracking the Cover
The Mostly True Story of Jack, by Kelly Barnhill, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile and Paige in Training
The Orphan of Awkward Falls, by Keith Graves, at My Favorite Books
Pilot and Huxley, by Dan McGuiness, at Jean Little Library
The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia
The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Trafton, at Good Books and Good Wine
Small Persons With Wings, by Ellen Booream, at slatebreakers
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at The Book Smugglers
Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at Sonderbooks and Random Musings of a Bibliophile
The Wikkeling, by Steven Arntson, at Becky's Book Reviews
Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, at My Reading Frenzy
Kate aka Book Aunt compares and contrasts this year's trio of mice books.
In the spirit of the season, at Great Kid Books you can find a compilation of truly creepy stories.
And I also want to mention the Animorphs Re-Read that's ongoing at the Intergalactic Academy
Authors and Interviews
James Riley (Half upon a Time) at Cynsations
Roderick Gordon at The Guardian on self-publishing Tunnels, and how it became the start of a successful series.
Greg Fishbone (Galaxy Games) shares his experiences on "surviving the sophomore outing" at Cynsations, and talks about "making the jump from writer to author" at Adventures in YA and Children's Publishing.
Leonard Marcus annotated the fiftieth anniversary edition of The Phantom Tollboth, and stops by Educating Alice to chat about it.
An interview with M.P. Kozlowsky (Juniper Berry) at From the Mixed Up Files
Other Good Stuff:
NPR's Kids' Book Club kicks off with Neil Gaiman and The Graveyard Book.
Alice in Wonderland fans must read this article in The Guardian, and consider visiting Liverpool.
You've probably already seen the official trailer to The Secret World of Arrietty--but if you haven't, here at The Book Yurt is one of the many places you can watch it. I tried to read The Borrowers to my boys, but the beginning is slow, and it didn't take sigh sigh.
A giant lego figure washes up on a Florida beach--
I'd suggest not reading the news story; it's more fun to imagine one's own! My mind immediately rewrote The Iron Giant, by Ted Hughes....
And if you're looking for something to add a little rainbow sparkle to your holiday table:
You can actually buy this--visit ThinkGeek to see what's really in the can!
And finally, never before seen illustrations for the Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien, can be seen at The Mary Sue: