Welcome to this week's round-up of what I found in my blog reading of interest to us fans of middle grade science fiction and fantasy! I have a nasty feeling that I got careless this week, and went through my blog reader without extracting all the posts I should have, so do let me know if I missed yours!!!!
The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True, by Gerald Morris, at The Brain Lair
Bella at Midnight, by Diane Stanley, at Finding the Write Way
The Bloomswell Diaries, by Louis L. Buitendag, at Jean Little Library and Madigen Reads
The Cheshire Cheese Cat at Geo Librarian
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg et al., at Great Kid Books and at Book Nut
Circus Galacticus, by Deva Fagan, at The HappyNappyBookseller and Charlotte's Library
The Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh, at Sci Fi Chick
Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom, by Tim Byrd, at Library Chicken
Floors, by Patrick Carman, at Literate Lives
Found, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at The Accidental Novelist
The Freedom Maze, by Della Sherman, at Stella Matutina and at Tor
Galaxy Trotters, by Marie C. Lukic, at Fantasy Book Review
The Game of Sunken Places, by M.T. Anderson, at Mister K. Reads
Janitors, by Tyler Whitesides, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis, at The Fiction Enthusiast
Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at The Book Smugglers
The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, (audio book review) at Good Books and Good Wine
Magical Mischief, by Anna Dale, at Mom Read It
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness (audio book review) at Good Books and Good Wine
The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell, at The Allure of Books
Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, at Charlotte's Library
The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere 1) by Jacqueline West, at Muggle-Born.net
The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan, at Book Nut
Return To Exile, by E.J. Patten, at Reading Tween
The Roar, by Emma Clayton, at Great Books for Kids and Teens
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, by R.L. LaFevers, at Small Review
Torn, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Charlotte's Library
The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, at GreenBeanTeenQueen and Geek Girl's Book Blog
We Are Not Eaten by Yaks, by C. Alexander London, at The O.W.L.
Young Fredl, by Cynthia Voight (audio book review) at Good Books and Good Wine
At Strange and Random Happenstance, Miss Eliza looks at the first three Oz books here, here, and here.
There's new blog in town, Time Travel Times Two, focused on time travel stories for kids! Here's this week's post, which looks at Charlotte Sometimes, by Penelope Farmer, and The Switching Well, by Peni R. Griffin
Ms. Yingling also has a two for one post--Double Spell, by Janet Lunn, and Wonkenstein: The Creature From My Closet, by Obert Skye.
Conn Iggulden is best known for The Dangerous Book for Boys, but he also has a great series (perfect for the eight year old set) about the Tollins, tiny beings who are Not fairies. Here's his list of his top ten books about tiny people.
Authors and Interviews:
C. Alexander London (We Dine With Cannibals) is interviewed at From the Mixed Up Files and at The O.W.L., and created a special video which you can see at Watch.Connect.Read
Deva Fagan (Circus Galacticus) at TheHappyNappyBookseller--part one, and part 2
Robin LaFevers (the Theodosia Throckmorton and Nathaniel Fludd series) at Small Review
Karen Cioffi (Walking Through Walls) at Seattlepi
Kat Heckenback (Finding Angel) on magic in Christian fiction, at Decompose
Other Good Stuff:
The Enchanted Inkpot asks--is that science fiction or fantasy?, and Rachel Neumeier (The Floating Islands, which I think is just find for mg readers) ponders the divide between mg and YA (and I now wonder why I put YA in caps, but not mg...)
Deva Fagan talks about the power of diverse science fiction at Diversity in YA Fiction
At Once Upon a Blog I found a dvd that's going on my Christmas present list-Re-enchantment. Here's the blurb: Re-enchantment is an immersive journey into the hidden meanings of fairy tales. Presented as an interactive multi-platform documentary project exploring why fairy stories continue to enchant, entertain, fascinate and horrify contemporary adult audiences.
The Re-enchantment DVD features a series of 10 x 3-minute animated documentaries (interstitials), which explore the themes at work in fairy tales. Each episode offers a rich visual design and presents a new way of thinking about these familiar and much loved stories.
And finally, muppets auditioning for the part of Yoda (found at Tor)