Welcome to another fun-filled middle grade science fiction and fantasy round-up of what I read around the blogs this week! Please let me know if I missed your link; please feel free to email me links at any time during the week.
I am toying with the idea of offering these round-ups as a direct email newsletter type thing--would anyone be interested?
13 Gifts, by Wendy Mass, at Book Nut
The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, at The New York Times Book Review
Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at Good Books and Good Wine and Waking Brain Cells
The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, at TheHappyNappyBookseller
Chronicles of the Red King: The Secret Kingdom, by Jenny Nimmo, at Charlotte's Library
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Plot, by A.J. Hartley, at lucy was robbed
Finding Angel, by Kat Heckenbach, at Magical Ink
The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, at Jean Little Library
Harding's Luck, by E. Nesbit, at Tor
The History Keepers: the Storm Begins, by Damian Dibben, at Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books
The Inquisitor's Apprentice, by Chris Moriarty, at Good Books and Good Wine and Charlotte's Library
Ivy and the Meanstalk, by Dawn Lairamore, at Reading Vacation
Justin Thyme, by Panema Oxridge, at Charlotte's Library
Liesel and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at books4yourkids
Phillipa Fisher and the Dream Maker's Daughter, by Liz Kessler, at What's Happening in Rm 249
The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell, at Library Mama and The Book Smugglers
Rip Tide, by Kat Falls, at Karissa's Reading Review, Book Reviews and English News, and Bart's Bookshelf
The Royal Treatment, by Lindsey Levitt, at Good Books and Good Wine
Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer, by Derek Landy, at The Book Zone (for boys)
Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan, at A Backwards Story
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at So Many Books, So Little Time, The Book Zone (for boys) and Brooke Favero
Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, at Books Kids Like
A Year Without Autumn, by Liz Kessler, at Birdbraind(ed) Book Blog and Becky's Book Reviews
Authors and Interviews:
Janice Hardy (Darkfall) at Literary Rambles
Greg Fishbone (Glaxey Games) at Odds and Ends and From the Mixed-up Files (the full tour schedule can be found here)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Circle of Secrets) at From the Mixed-up Files
Patrick Carman (one of the authors of Guys Read: Thriller) at Literary Asylum
Simon Haynes (Hal Junior: The Secret Signal) at Susan Kaye Quinn
PHC Marchesi (Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes) at Susan Kaye Quinn
Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (The Familiars) at The O.W.L., and at The Enchanted Inkpot
Matthew Kirby (Icefall) at Whatever (even though Icefall isn't, technically, fantasy, it still reads as such!)
Shannon Messenger (the forthcoming Keeper of the Lost Cities--congratulations, Shannon!) at Author Turf
An interview with Stacy Whitman, of Tu Books (publishers of multicultural sci fi/fantasy for kids and teens) at Diversity in YA
Other Good Stuff:
A steampunk appreciation of Scott Westefeld's Leviathan trilogy at Tor
The science behind Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, at theeldertree
Fifty years of The Phantom Tollbooth at The New Yorker
A panel of authors addresses the question "Magical Schools: What are they Good for?" recapped at Tor
Trivia Tuesday at Books Kids Like features A Wrinkle in Time
Very excitingly, Shannon Hale has announced that there's a forthcoming sequel to The Princess Academy!
Here's a news item I missed--the winners of the 2011 Golden Duck Awards (for excellence in Children's Science Fiction Literature)
And I missed this article in the Guardian last week on "The enchantments of witch fiction." (One of my favorite books, Witch's Brat, by Rosemary Sutcliff, is mentioned)
Nominations have closed for the Cybils; here's the list of what was nominated for mg sff (down about 25 from last year's 150). It will change somewhat as a few books get shuffled around categories. If anyone wants to read along, at Hope is the Word you can find an Armchair Cybils challenge.
At Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, Katherine Langrish has a lovely mystical voyages series--up now, Jason and the Argonauts.
And just in case you want inspiration for Halloween desert, here's a gallery of horrific cakes!