Every week, I scour the blogs (at least, those that are in my reader, a list that is getting longer and longer) to extract posts of interest to fans of middle grade fantasy and science fiction. Here's what I found this week (please let me know if I missed your post, or the posts of your friends and family! Send me links at any time during the week!)
But first. Nominations for the Cybils close on the fifteenth of October. Many fine books have been put forward in middle grade sci fi/fantasy, but I've pulled together a list of books that haven't been nominated, just to remind people who might love them passionately that they aren't on the list yet.
Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel, at The Secret Adventures of Writer Girl
The Apothecary, by Malie Meloy, at Karissa's Reading Review, Shall Write, and Boomerang Books
A Beautiful Friendship, by David Weber, at Book Aunt (Kate, aka Book Aunt, wrote to tell me that this is a good one for middle grade readers, even though it's listed as YA, so here it is)
Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld, at YA Bibliophile
The Blue Umbrella, by Mike Mason, at Back to Books
Bigger than a Breadbox, by Laurel Snyder, at Stacked
Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at A Backwards Story, The Book Rat, Galley Smith, and The Book Smugglers
The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, at My Reading Frenzy, Random Musings of a Bibliophile, and There's a Book
The Crimson Shard, by Teresa Flavin, at Nayu's Reading Corner
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact, by A.J. Hartley, at Lucy Was Robbed
Diamonds and Doom (The Raven Mysteries) by Marcus Sedgwick, at Wondrous Reads
Down the Mysterly River, by Bill Willingham, at The King of Elfland's Second Cousin
Flood and Fire, by Emily Diamond, at Charlotte's Library
The House of Arden, by E. Nesbit, at Tor
Icefall, by Matthew Kirby (it might not be fantasy, but it sure reads like it) at Charlotte's Library, Cracking the Cover, Figment, and Fuse #8
The Inquisitor's Apprentice, by Chris Moriarty, at Boing Boing and The Scattered Bookshelf
Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Candace's Book Blog, Karissa's Reading Review, A Backwards Story, and Reading Vacation
The Obsidian Dagger: Being the Further Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle, by Catherine Webb, at Bart's Bookshelf
Sally's Bones, by MacKenzie Cadenhead, at We Be Reading
Sea of Trolls, by Nancy Farmer, at One Librarian's Book Reviews
The Secret War, by Matt Myklush, at Reading Vacation
Secrets of the Crown, by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, at Shannon Whitney Messenger
The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere 1), by Jacqueline West, at Jean Little Library
The Storm Begins (History Keepers) by Damian Dibben, at Nayu's Reading Corner
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at My Reading Frenzy
The White Assassin, by Hilary Wagner, at Shannon Whitney Messenger
Authors and Interviews:
Maile Meloy (The Appothecary) at Boomerang Books
Matthew Kirby (Icefall) at Cracking the Cover
Margaret Peterson Haddix (who has a story in Guys Read: Thriller) at Literary Asylum
R.A. Jones (The Obsidian Pebble) at The O.W.L.
Matt Myklush (The Secret War) at Reading Vacation
Clete Barrett Smith (Aliens on Vacation) at The Enchanted Inkpot
Teresa Flavin (The Blackhope Enigma, and its sequel, The Crimson Shard, just released in the UK) at Nayu's Reading Vacation
Hilary Wagner (The White Assassin) at Literary Rambles
Erin Mcguire (illustrator of Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu) at A Backwards Story
Patrick Ness was on a blog tour to celebrate the US release of A Monster Calls; Tasha at Waking Brian Cells was the last stop, and has the full list.
Anne Ursu (Breadcrumbs) was also on tour; here are some stops--Galley Smith, at Book Rat, and at The Book Smugglers, where you can find more links.
And Galaxy Games, by Greg Fishbone, was also on tour--you can find the stops here , and here's a guest post by Greg Fishbone at Susan Kaye Quinn
At her blog, Illustration Matters, Joan Charles talks about her work in progress--illustrating The Ice Castle, by Pendred Noyce.
Other good stuff:
At SF Signal, Simon Haynes (Hal Junior: The Secret Signal) asks "Where all the junior science fiction has gone"
The Canadian Children's Book Centre announced a new award: The Monica Hughes Award will honour excellence in the children’s science fiction and fantasy genre and comes with a $5,000 cash prize which will be awarded annually beginning in October 2012. And the winner of the Canadian Children's Literature Award was Plain Kate, by Erin Bow (thanks to Cynsations for the news).
You've probably heard this already, but The Washington Post has announced that Rick Riordan will be working on a new series based on Norse mythology.