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

Here are the middle grade fantasy and sci fi related posts I found in my blog reading this week. Do let me know if I missed yours! This includes any authors or publishers out there--feel free to send me links if your mg sff book gets reviewed. What I'd really love is for people who don't know about my blog, and whose blogs I don't know about, to send me links to their mg sff posts, but this is tricky. So if you do read blogs I don't, feel free to send me those links too if it occurs to you. Thanks.

The Reviews:

The 13th Horseman, by Barry Hutchison, at Bart's Bookshelf

Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress, by Sarwat Chadda, at The Book Smugglers and My Favorite Books

Barry and the Fairies of Miller Street, by Barry Dickins and Jenny Lee, at Read in a Single Sitting

Boom! by Mark Haddon, at Mister K Reads

Candlewax, by C. Bailey Sims, at Sharon the Librarian

Caterpillar Hall, by Anne Barrett, at Staircase Wit

Dealing With Dragons, by Patricia Wrede, at Book Nut

Eye of the Storm, by Kate Messner, at Fuse #8

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Kidsmomo and Misbehavin' Librarian

The Fire King, by Paul Crilley, at Books Beside My Bed

Floors, by Patrick Carman, at The Book Zone

Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguiree, at GreenBeanTeenQueen, Sharon the Librarian, and books4yourkids

Indigo Magic, by Victoria Hanley, at Nayu's Reading Corner

The Inquisitor's Apprentice, by Chris Moriarty, at Library Chicken

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-- Detectives Extraordinaire, by Polly Horvath, at Book Nut

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at 100 Scope Notes

Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, at Page in Training and Chronicles of a Book Evangelist

Remarkable, by Lizzie K. Foley, at Book Nut

Renegade Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile and Small Review

Return to Exile, by E.J. Patten, at A Librarian's Library

Scary School, by Derek the Ghost, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi, at Parenthetical

Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at Library Chicken

You Will Call Me Drog, by Sue Cowing, at Middle Grade Ninja

Two Titanic time-travel books at Ms. Yingling Reads-Return to Titanic by Steve Brezenoff, and Ghosts of the Titanic, by Julie Lawson.

Authors and Interviews

Bianca Turetsky (The Time-Traveling Fashionista on Board the Titanic) at Charlotte's Library (giveaway)

Jennifer Nielsen (The False Prince) at Literary Rambles (giveaway)

Rebecca Barnhouse (Peaceweaver) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Lizzie K. Foley (Remarkable) at Cynsations

Other Good Stuff

Rumpelstiltskin and the power of names, a guest post by Inbali Iserles, at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

I read in the Guardian that Pottermore is finally open to the public, and duly signed up; I'm now waiting for my registration confirmation to arrive in my email. I confess to being intrigued, but my expectations are comfortably low.

However, my expectations for The Hobbit movies are getting higher with every trailer I see (unlike a certain character in the Lord of the Rings movies, the dwarves appear to wash their hair). Speaking of the Hobbit, HarperCollins is going to be pubishing movie tie-ins and extras, including behind-the-scenes movie guides, "essential Visual Companions" (does anyone else get odd futuristic images from that phrase? like dog avatar accessories?), a location guide (I would like this), and "a range of children’s books in the form of annuals, movie storybooks and feature titles, as well as a new series of lavish hardbacks written and designed by the award-winning team at Weta, who are working closely with the production team to guarantee that these books will be bursting with insider information and stunning visual imagery." I am doubtful about the "feature titles," but will wait and see...

And just cause I like to close with a picture, here's a link to classic video games reimagined as children's books, and an example:


  1. Great links. I'm so glad everyone else is loving THE FALSE PRINCE too. Now if I can just get an ARC of book 2.

    Can't wait for The Hobbit. I hope you'll share what you think of Pottermore. I haven't signed up because I don't have time to play but am curious.

    1. So far I have no enthusiasm for Pottermore. I don't want to go through all the books/movies, which you seem to have to do to unlock interesting stuff...

  2. Thanks for linking! And thanks for the heads-up on all of these middle grade books! I am always looking for new ones.

  3. Have there been MORE Hobbit trailers put out since the one at Christmas? And why haven't I SEEN them?!

    1. Well, actually not a new trailer, but there was a new production vidoe at the offical Hobbit blog in March--http://www.thehobbitblog.com/ Totally awesome!

  4. One of these days I will check in with you before this list gets posted. I reviewed Giants Beware!, Spirit Fighter, and Candlewax (which is more YA than middle grade but might be a good choice for advanced readers).

    1. Thanks Sharon! I'll put Spirit Fighter in last weeks, and add you to my google reader!

  5. Thank you- I read your round up every week, then kick myself for not getting in touch during the week. :)

  6. Thanks so much for the mention, Charlotte! I really need to pick up the False Prince and Tuesdays at the Castle--both sound brilliant.


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