Welcome to another round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction posts from around the blogs! Every week I scour the web for posts, and this is what I found this time around.
Annother good round-up is Shannon Messenger's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday feature, where Shannon cheerleads an enthusiastic cabal of active contributors. I feel rather wistful that I haven't been able to generate the same excitement for my round-ups; out of all the links below, only one was sent directly too me, and because I look for posts written on any day of the week, I don't expect people to mention these round-ups when they review mf sff.
So anyway, feel free to send me links! You can even send me links to posts you didn't write! Authors--you are welcome to send me reviews your book has gotten from the past week! (I do, however, always reserve the right not to include reviews that are too brief or insubstantial to seem worth linking too, or which don't seem a good fit to me). My email address is charlotteslibrary at gmail dot com.
Feel free to review more new releases of mg sff! There are lots of books that get almost no blog coverage at all--I had time on my hands this morning, and looked for reviews of recent releases, and came up virtually empty.
Mentions of these round-ups are also appreciated--thanks all of you who've done so in the past!
The 13th Horseman, by Barry Hutchison, at Mr. Ripleys Enchanted Books
Above World, by Jenn Reese, at Tripping Over Books
The Apothacary, by Maile Meloy, at books4yourkids
Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress, by Sarwat Chadda, at The Book Zone
The Aviary, by Kathleen O'Dell, at books4yourkids
Bad Island, by Doug TenNapel, at Finding Wonderland
Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott and Larry Tuxbury, at Charlotte's Library
The Cabinet of Earths, by Anne Nesbit, at Karissa's Reading Review
The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, at Reads for Keeps
The Demon's Watch, by Conrad Mason, at Babbleabout (also an interview)
Enchantress from the Stars, by Sylvia Louise Engdahl (audio book review), at Sonderbooks
Entwinned, by Heather Dixon, at Jenny's Books
The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman, at The Book Smugglers
Henrietta Sharp and the Magic Lunchbox, by Jan Welborn-Nichols, at The Children's Book Review
The Humming Room, by Ellen Potter, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia, The Hollow Cupboards, and The Book Cellar
Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Book Nut
The Lost Conspiracy, by Frances Hardinge, at Parenthetical
Peaceweaver, by Rebecca Barnhouse, at Karissa's Reading Review
Princess of the Wild Swans, by Diane Zahler, at Charlotte's Library
The Ogre of Oglefort, by Eva Ibbotson, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Scary School, by Derek the Ghost, at Charlotte's Library
The Secret World of Arriety, Vol. 1 (Film Comic) by Studio Ghibliat Back to Books
The Star Shard, by Frederick S. Durbin, at Crowding the Book Truck
The Sunbird, by Elizabeth Wein, at The Book Smugglers
Treasure of Green Knowe, by L.M. Boston, at Strange and Random Happenstance
Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at One Librarian's Book Reviews
Under the Mountain, by Maurice Gee, at A Strong Belief in Wicker
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, at things mean a lot and No Twiddle Twaddle
The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, at Read in a Single Sitting
Wonder Show, by Hannah Barnaby, at The Alternative
Authors and Interviews and Editors and Illustrators
Ellen Potter (The Humming Room) at Kid Lit Frenzy
Merrie Haskell (The Princess Curse) at Literary Rambles (giveaway)
Joan Holub (Goddess Girls co-author) at The O.W.L. (giveaway)
Conrad Mason (The Demon's Watch), at Babbleabout (also a review)
How Oddfellow's Orphanage, by Emily Winfield Martin, came to be--a post by its editor at Random Acts of Reading
Sarvenaz Tash (The Mapmaker and the Ghost) at I Read Banned Books
An article from the Guardian in 1960 about Mary Norton (The Borrowers)
Laurisa White Reyes writes about "Finding Female in Middle Grade Fantasy" at Ellie Rowlins' blog
At Fabled Earth, Emily Fiegenschuh is showcasing the artwork she did for Frederick Durban's new book, The Star Shard, when it first came out, serialized in Cricket Magazine.
Other Good Stuff:
Derek Landry (Skulduggery Pleasant) shares his top ten villains at The Guardian
Jill at the O.W.L. has kicked off her March of Middle Grade Books
Not mg sff related, but still a good thing--it's Bloggiesta time! Head over here to It's All About Books to sign in to a weekend of blog improvement mania.
And also not directly mg sff related is the news (to me--I'm late to this party) that the POC Reading Challenge, which went quiet at the beginning of the year, is up and running!
And finally, here's a rather fetching writing prompt at io9