Hi. Here are the middle grade (ages 9-12) fantasy and science fiction focused posts that I found I found in my blog reading this past week. Please let me know if I missed yours, or anyone elses!
The Book of Wonders, by Jasmine Richards, at Cracking the Cover
Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at My Favorite Books
The Dragon's Tooth, by N.D. Wilson, at Karissa's Reading Review
Elliot and the Goblin War, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, at The Introverted Reader
Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep, by Liz Kessler, at Nye Louwon-My Spirit
Fairy Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm, by Michael Buckley, at Mister K Reads
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (a new, beautifully illustrated edition from Taschen) at Books of Wonder and Wisdom
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, at Bookie Woogie
Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at RoeSpot--More Coffee, Please... and Book 'em Benj
Jellaby, by Kean Soo, at Back to Books (graphic novel)
Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Adventures of a Book Wyrm and Bunbury in the Stacks
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, at Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia and Something Different Every Day
My Very UnFairy Tale Life, by Anna Staniszewski, at Geo Librarian
Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, by D. Robert Pease, at Charlotte's Library
Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, at Fyrefly's Book Blog
Revenge of the Horned Bunnies (Dragonbreath book 6) by Ursula Vernon, at Charlotte's Library
Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, at Reads for Keeps
Stealing Magic: a Sixty Eight Rooms Adventure, by Malorie Malone, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at Good Books and Good Wine
Ms. Yingling looks at several fantasies in one post--Bigger Than a Breadbox, by Laurel Snyder, The Rock of Ivanore, by Laurisa White Reyes, and Replication: The Jason Experiment, by Jill Williamson.
Authors and Interviews:
Jasmine Richards (The Book of Wonders) at Cracking the Cover
Here's Neil Gaimen's Mythcon Guest of Honor Speech from 2004, which he's just put up on his website. It's a look back at his childhood reading of Lewis and Tolkien and Chesterton...
Other good stuff:
At SF Signal, many authors share the books that introduced them to fantasy and sci fi (of particular interest, perhaps, to those raising the next generation of fans!)
Here's an article from last week I forgot to put in--at the Guardian, Imogen Russell Williams talks Alternate history lessons for children's fiction (including, among other good things, Ellen Renner's Castle of Shadows which has been on my wants list for ages, so I was thrilled to find it's coming out here in the US in March!)
At Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, Lucy Coats reflects on Baba Yaga
Wrinkle In Time aniversery celebratory postings continue--Amy's Library of Rock takes a look at Meg Murry, and you can find this week's participants in the 50 years/50 blogs event (this weeks theme-Sharing A W in T) here at the event's facebook page
. And at the NY Times, there's "'A Wrinkle in Time' and its Sci Fi Heroine."
I have a post up about the Amelia Bloomer List, from a middle grade fantasy perspective
And finally, thanks to Queen's Thief Week, organized by Chachic, of Chachic's Book Nook, this past week has been one of my most favorite blog reading weeks ever! Wonderful interviews, guest posts, and tons of great comments (including lots from MWT herself! Chachic has also included links to posts elsewhere--lots of good reading there too.