Hi everyone. Here's this weeks round-up of all the middle grade sci fi and fantasy posts etc. I found in my blog reading this week! Please let me know if I missed yours.
Above World, by Jenn Reese, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia
Between Two Ends, by David Ward, at Lisa is Busy Nerding
The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright (audio book review), at Abby the Librarian
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, at Becky's Book Reviews
The Devil's Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen, at The Children's War
Entwinned, by Heather Dixon, at Read in a Single Sitting
Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Kazu Kibuishi, ed. at The HappyNappyBookseller
The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Geo Librarian, The Book Smugglers, The Reading BookWyrm, Reading Between Classes, BooksYALove, Fantasy's Ink, and Charlotte's Library
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre, at Waking Brain Cells
The Humming Room, by Ellen Potter, at Tor
Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at YA Sleuth
The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary, at Middle Grade Ninja
Neversink, by Barry Wolverton, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia (giveaway) and The Write Path (also a giveaway)
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Paperquake, by Kathryn Reiss, at Charlotte's Library
Project Jackalope, by Emily Ecton, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Quest for the Secret Keeper, by Victoria Laurie, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Remarkable, by Lizzie K. Foley,in the New York Times Sunday Book Review
Return to Exile, by Eric Patten, at Geo Librarian
The Rise of the Darklings, by Paul Crilley, at Books Beside My Bed
The Ruins of Noe, by Danika Dinsmore, at Book Twirps
Seeing Cinderella, by Jenny Lindquist, at Nye Louwon
The Song of the Quark Beast, by Jasper Fforde, at Bart's Bookshelf
Spirit Fighter, by Jerel Law, at Sharon the Librarian
The Storm Makers, by Jennifer E. Smith, at Ms. Yingling Reads (scroll down)
Sword of Light, by Katherine Roberts, at Rebecca's Book Blog
The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex (audio book review), at Good Books and Good Wine
Tom's Midnight Garden, by Phillipa Pearce, and The Doll in the Garden, by Mary Downing Hahn, at Time Travel Times Two
The Wind of Life Series, by Oliver Neubert, at The Musings of a Book Addict
You Can't Have My Planet, But Take My Brother, Please, by James Mihaley, at Ms. Martin Teaches Media
Young Fredle, by Cynthia Voigt (audio book review) at Library Mama
The Zombie Chasers, by John Kloepfer, at Ms. Yingling Reads (scroll down)
Authors and Interviews:
Eric Patten (Return to Exile) at From the Mixed Up Files...
Barry Wolverton (Neversink) at There's a Book, The Other Side of the Story, The National Children's Book Examiner (giveaway), Lori Calabrese Writes!, (giveaway), and Another Gray Day (giveaway)
Marissa Burt (Storybound) at The Lucky 13s and A Thousand Wrongs (giveaway)
Other Good Stuff
Narnia in the eyes of a young Muslim reader, in the Huff Post religion blog, thanks to Educating Alice
Kate Coombs (aka Book Aunt) brings us the Second Annual Pistachio Awards
At Geo Librarian, there's a smorgasbord of mg sff goodness in a two posts on favorite chapter books.
The Hugo Awards, whose nominees were just announced, don't exactly tilt middle grade, but I was pleased to see that Ursula Vernon, of Dragonbreath Fame, has a book nominated in the graphic novel category. Digger is one of those rare books, a wombat fantasy, and it's been on my wish list for ages.
Continuing in the cute critters vein, check out this poignant kiwi staring in a short animated film which I found at The Secret Adventures of Writer Girl.
On the fairy tale side of things--Sue Purkiss has a guest post on The Wild Swans at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, Ruth Sanderson is talking 12 Dancing Princesses at Cynsations, and Kate Forsyth shares her favorite Rapunzel retellings at Read in a Single Sitting (she's just published a new one herself, but for adults--Bitter Greens).
You've probably seen this picture of President Obama and Lieutenant Uhura (aka Nichelle Nichols) but I had to post it because I think it is utterly swell.
And if you want something more seasonally appropriate, I found this cake picture from 1941 at The Children's War, where you can also find a lovely advertisement for the ham of yesteryear. Note the staked, earless bunny faces on the top of the cake: