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

Here's what I found in my blog reading this week. I've added a new Giveaways of mg sff section--please do let me know by email anytime if you are having one! And do feel free to let me know of any posts I've missed!

The Reviews:

Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel, at Nerdy Book Club

Bye For Now, by Kathleen Churchyard, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Changeling, by Delia Sherman, at The Book Smugglers

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, at Back to Books

Circle of Cranes, by Annette LeBox, at A Backwards Story

Eye of the Storm, by Kate Messner, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Bibliophilia-Maggie's Bookshelf

Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre, at Slatebreakers

The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman (audio book review) at The Reading Date

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, at Poisoned Rationality

Into the Wild, by Sarah Beth Durst, at Books Beside My Bed

Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Books & Other Thoughts

Medusa the Mean (Goddess Girls), by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, at Somewhere in the Middle

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at Anita Silvey's Book-a-Day Almanac

Peaceweaver, by Rebecca Barnhouse, at Charlotte's Library

The Prince Who Fell From the Sky, by John Claude Bemis, at The Intergalactic Academy

Quests and Kingdoms, by K.V. Johanson, at Carole Anne Carr (this is a non-fiction book for adults, from 2005. Have any of you all read it? Should I read it?)

Remarkable, by Lizzie K. Foley, at Waking Brain Cells

Renegde Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at Sonderbooks

The Rock of Ivanore, by Laurisa White Reyes, at Project Mayhem

Seeds of Rebellion, by Brandon Mull, at Guys Lit Wire

Storybound, by Marissa Burt, at A Backwards Story

The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner, at Susan Dennard

Whisper, by Alyson Noel, at Urban Fantasy

Winterling, by Sarah Prineas, at books4yourkids

Two time travel books at Time Travel Times Two--The Book of Story Beginnings, by Kristin Kladstrup, and Time for Andrew, by Mary Downing Hahn

Two from Ms. Yingling-- A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle, and Chronal Engines, by Greg Lietich Smith

And three from Kate (aka The Book Aunt)--Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood St. by Peter Abrahams, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, and Storybound, by Marissa Burt.


Return to Exile, by at Middle Grade Maffioso

Neversink, by Barry Wolverton, at A Thousand Wrongs

The Rock of Ivanore, by Laurisa White Reyes, at Project Mayhem

Scary School, by Derek the Ghost, at Young Readers

The Battle Begins, by Tony Abbott, at The Write Path

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, at Charlotte's Library

And I've extended my giveaway of The Time-Traveling Fashionista on Board the Titanic another day, till midnight tonight.

Authors and interviews

Sarvenaz Tash (The Mapmaker and the Ghost) at My Brain on Books

Sarwat Chadda (Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress), at The Book Zone

Barry Wolverton (Neversink) at A Thousand Wrongs

Jennifer Nielsen (The False Prince) at From the Mixed Up Files

Christopher Healy (The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom) at Muggle-born.net

Richard Ungar (Time Snatchers) at Cynsations

Stephanie Burgis (Renegade Magic) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Liz Kessler (A Year Without Autumn) at Cynsations

Other Good Stuff:

The winners of the E.B. White Read-aloud Award have been announced, and the winners in the middle grade category are two fantasies (by a sister and brother!):
  • The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr (Illus.) (Putnam Juvenile)
  • Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.) (Balzer + Bray)

It's Fairy Tale Fortnight, and although I haven't been able to contribute myself, here's Joanne Harris talking about the Pied Piper at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

Holly Black and Cassandra Clare have teamed up to write a 5 book middle grade series! The Iron Trial comes out in 2014, which seems a long way away...

Here's the blurb: "...twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has grown up knowing three rules by heart. Never trust a magician. Never pass a test a magician gives you. And never let a magician take you to the Magisterium. Callum is about to break all the rules. And when he does, his life will change in ways he can’t possibly imagine."

The movie rights have already been picked up.

Another collaboration of note--the grandchildren of Tolkien and Dickens are teaming up to write two fantasy books...

A miniature book from Queen Mary's dollhouse-- a story by cartoonist Fougasse about a fairy called Joe Smith--is to be published (in an edition large enough to read)

Don't forget to check out the stops on the Diane Wynne Jones blog tour! Here, at Greenwillow, for instance, is what Megan Whalen Turner has to say.

And finally, not exactly mg sff related, but important, Guys Lit Wire has organized another book fair for Ballou Sr. High School--these kids need books!


  1. Thanks for sharing all the reviews and news. It's exciting about Holly Black's and Cassandra Clare's books. Cassandra also has a MG series coming out with Kelley Armstrong next year that I'm excited about.

    It'll also be interesting to see what the grandsons of Tolkien and Dickens brings.

  2. I'll definitely be interested in the Black/Clare series. It's always a relief when a series stops at five books!

  3. Thanks for doing this every week! I learn so much! :D


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