Welcome to mg sff roundup post #105 in which I have compiled all the mg sff related things I found in this week's blog reading! This being mg sff roundup #105 means I have been spending my early Sundays in this fashion for over two years, which stuns me more than somewhat. Thank you, bloggers, for writing about mg sff, thank you blog readers for stopping by, and thank you writers and publishers for making it all possible!
You may have noticed that I don't have a logo for these round-ups. I have tried to come up with one, but all my troubled brain offers me is a picture of a rainbow unicorn kitten clinging to the back of a rocket, and I don't think we want that. If anyone feels like taking a stab at creating a single image that embodies all the goodness of mg sff, please do!
Anyway. Please let me know if I missed your link (I've been known to miss my own posts). And (she says shyly) if you like these round-ups, any mention on your own blog would be appreciated!
The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True, at the excelsior file
Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor, at Slatebreakers and Good Books and Good Wine
The Annotated Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie with notes by Maria Tatar, at The Children's Book-A-Day Almanac
The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy (audiobook review) at The Nocturnal Library
Between Two Ends, by David Ward, at Books Beside My Bed
Bless This Mouse, by Lois Lowry, at Books Beside My Bed
The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, at Literate Lives
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg et al., at books4yourkids
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, by L. Frank Baum, at Strange and Random Happenstance
Fly Trap, by Frances Hardinge, at Good Books and Good Wine
The Last Musketeer, by Stuart Gibbs, at The Fourth Musketeer
The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman, at Book View Cafe
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Book Nut and Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Hades: Lord of the Dead, by George O'Connor, at Madigan Reads
The Hidden Gallery, by Maryrose Wood, at Good Books and Good Wine
The History Keepers: the Storm Begins, by Damian Dibben, at Charlotte's Library
Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at The Book Smugglers
The Inquisitor's Apprentice, by Chris Moriarty, at Kirkus
Janitors, by Tyler Whitesides, at Geo Librarian
Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Waking Brain Cells
Midnight Blue, by Pauline Fisk, at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, at Stacked
The Only Ones, by Aaron Starmer, at Parenthetical
Princess of the Wild Swans, by Diane Zahler, at Small Review, continuing at Ruby's Reads
Reckless, by Cornelia Funke, at Library Chicken
A School for Villians, by Ardyth De Bruyn, at Nayu's Reading Corner
The Secret of the Magic Ring, by Karen McQuestion, at Karissa's Reading Review
Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, at Jennifer Rumberger
The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere 1), by Jacqueline West, at Library Mama
Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan, at Good Books and Good Wine
Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at Scattered Pages and LDS Women's Book Review
Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, at Guys Lit Wire
Three Norse fantasies (Troll Blood, Bracelet of Bones (YA), and Runemarks) at Fantastic Reads
Authors and Interviews
Delia Sherman (The Freedom Maze) is this week's Big Idea-er at Whatever
Merrie Haskell (The Princess Curse) at Small Review
Other Good Stuff:
Sherwood Smith on the "zing" of the Harry Potter books at The Book View Cafe
The New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2011 list is not one to delight the fan of fantasy for kids; there are only two "middle grade" books that might count--Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, and The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, by Meg Wolitzer, and in one of these (Duncan Dorfman) the fantastical element is so small a part of the plot that it's being considered for the Cybils Awards as a straight middle grade. However, A Monster Calls (which is as much middle grade as it is anything else) is there in the YA section.
Kirkus was more fantasy friendly; here's what they picked:
Deb Marshall will be hosting a Middle Grade Readathon January 2-8. More info. here!
And Erica at the Book Cellar is hosting a YA/MG Fantasy Book Challenge--here's the list of 2012 books she's gathered so far, and here's the sign up page.
Mary at Kidlit.com writes about books with animal characters, from the point of view of an agent. Very timely, given that this is the Year of the Middle Grade Mouse.
Boys Read is recommending two fantastic books by the late, much lamented Ben Boos--Swords, and Fantasy: An Artist's Realm
This coming Saturday will find me in Boston, at The Exquisite Conversation The Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books! with Katherine Paterson, MT Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan and James Ransome at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, Dec 3, at 1 p.m. I'll also be attending the wine and cheese event after the presentations, a fundraiser for The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. It sure would be comforting to know if any of you all are going, and might want to talk to me....