This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs

Although there are several letters of the alphabet missing (B, which used to be a good initial letter for mg sff books (Breadcrumbs, Bigger Than a Breadbox, etc), seems to have fallen from favor, and C and S are now in the lead), I hope you enjoy this week's round-up of all the middle grade sci fi/fantasy blog posts I found this week! Please let me know if I missed yours!

The Reviews:

Above World, by Jenn Reese, at Pro(B)logue

The Cabinet of Earths, by Anne Nesbit, at Beyond Books

Castle in the Air, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Equus Phasmatis

The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, at Book Love

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Chronal Engine, by Greg Leitich Smith, at Jen Robinson's Book Page

The Crowfield Demon, by Pat Walsh, at Charlotte's Library

Dragon Castle, by Joseph Bruchac, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

Earthseed, by Pamela Sargent, guest post by Deva Fagan at The Intergalactic Academy (Deva has just let me know that this is actually more YA....but having put it in, I don't feel like taking it out again.....)

Eye of the Storm, by Kate Messner, at Great Kid Books

Fairy Lies, by E.D. Baker, at Charlotte's Library

The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielson, at Singing and Reading in the Rain

Fibble, by Dale E. Basye, at Back to Books

The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, at Fyrefly's Book Blog

Heir Apparent, by Vivian Vande Velde, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Hereville, by Barry Deutsch, at Finding Wonderland

The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde, at My Favorite Books

Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Museum of Thieves, by Lian Tanner, at Susan Dennard

Remarkable, by Lizze K. Foley, at Welcome to my Tweendom

The Ruins of Gorlan, by John Flanagan, at Just Deb

Scary School, by Derek the Ghost, at Geo Librarian

Secondhand Spirits, by Juliet Blackwell, at Fantasy Literature

The Secret World of Arriety, Vols 1 and 2, by Studio Ghibli, at Book Dragon

Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders book 2), by Brandon Mull, at Reading Fairy Tales

The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan, at Challenging the Bookworm

The Starshard, by Frederick S. Durbin, at Book Chelle

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at Read in a Single Sitting

The Trap (Magnificent 12 book 2), by Michael Grant, at Book Dreaming

Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, reviewed by Patrick Ness at The Guardian

Witch Hill, by Marcus Sedgwick, at The Book Smugglers

The Wizard of Dark Street, by Shawn Thomas Odyssey, at BooksYALove

Zahrah the Windseeker, by Nnedi Okorafor, at Bibliophilia--Maggie's Bookshelf

A two for one at Ms Yingling Reads--The Dead of Winter, by Frank Priestly, and A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

Authors and Interviews

Barry Hutchison (The 13th Horseman) at Big Book Little Book

Greg Leitich Smith (Chronal Engines) at Writing With a Broken Tusk

Sarwat Chadda (Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress) at My Favorite Books

Matthew Cody (The Dead Gentleman) at Literary Asylum

Brandon Mull (Seeds of Rebellion) at Cracking the Cover

Jenn Reese (Above World), at The Writer Librarian

Derek the Ghost (Scary School) at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia (giveaway) and at The O.W.L. (also a giveaway)

Katherine Roberts (Sword of Light) at The Book Cellar

Roy Gillman (The Daemon Parallel) guest post at Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

Other Good (?) Stuff:

The School Library Journal Battle of the Kids' Books took a sad turn (in my opinion) on March 15 when the one undeniably middle grade fantasy book in the running, The Cheshire Cheese Cat, was squashed by Chime. A Monster Calls (which I think is mg, although some would differ) is now the only hope of mgsff--unless the C.C.C. returns as the winner of the Undead Poll.

Meet the Cat Scientists of the 1960s! (found via io9)

Disappointingly and distressingly, Teens Read Too, where I got all my book release information, seems to have gone dark. So, unless I find another good source, I'll no longer be doing posts listing the new releases of mg and ya sci fi/fantasy.

And finally, I saw this at Tor and had to share it with you--Gandalf and Bilbo a la Calvin and Hobbs, by CoolJohnny


  1. Thanks for linking to my guest post! But I should mention that Earthseed is technically more of a YA book (there's sex and drinking, in addition to some pretty dark moments with quite a bit of violence) so I wanted to just mention that so as not to mislead anyone.

    1. I have never read it....and so my eyes only passed lightly over your review! I've added a Warning....

  2. Thank you for linking to my posts! If you want to put up another, I posted a review of Heir Apparent on Friday (link: http://ceceliabedelia.blogspot.com/2012/03/retro-friday-heir-apparent.html). Publisher's Weekly said it was ages 8-12, School Library Journal grades 6-9... so on the edge, I suppose.

    And as always, thanks!

  3. Thanks so much for the link, Charlotte, and for another wonderful set of must-read material. :)

  4. Hey! Thanks so much for the link to my Ruins of Gorlan review AND for all the other's you've found for us. Enjoy your Sunday...just off to pick a new book to read. Sigh. One of my favorite things to do I must say.

  5. I just clicked over and went "Hey! That's my blog!" Thanks for linking to Book Love ;) And I'm so glad you're following the BoB!! I was definitely rooting for The Cheshire Cheese Cat, but had a feeling that Chime would win... But who knows? As you said, Pip and Too could always come back from the dead!

  6. Thank you all for stopping by, and of course for your posts!


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