The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick Riordan, at Fyrefly's Book Blog
Chronal Engine, by Greg Leitich Smith, at BooksYALove
The Dragon's Tooth, by N.D. Wilson, at Riv Reads
The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Ghost Knight, by Cornelia Funke, at Charlotte's Library
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by at Emily's Reading Room, There's a Book, and A Backwards Story
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms, by Lissa Evans, at Cracking the Cover
The Humming Room, by Ellen Potter, at A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Teacozy (arguably not fantasy, but I've been counting it...)
Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Legends of Zita the Space Girl, by Ben Hatke, at That Blog Belongs to Emily Brown!
The Mapmaker and the Ghost, by Sarvenaz Tash, at That's Swell
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-Detectives Extraordinaire, by Polly Horvath, at GreenBeanTeenQueen
Neversink, by Barry Wolverton, at Good Books and Good Wine, Bunbury in the Stacks, and books4yourkids
The Ogre of Ogglefort, by Eva Ibbotson, at Library Chicken
Ordinary Magic, by Caitlin Rubino-Bradway, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Peaceweaver, by Rebecca Barnhouse, at My Precious
Priscilla the Great: the Time-travelling Bullet, by Sybil Nelson, at Finding Wonderland
Renegade Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at Patrick Samphire's Blog
The Secrets of Ordinary Farm, by Tad Williams and Deborah Beale, at Nayu's Reading Corner
The Storm Makers, by Jennifer E. Smith, at The Blog on the Hill
Twice Upon a Time, by James Riley, at Shannon Messenger
A World Without Heroes, by Brandon Mull (part 1) at The Brain Lair
Authors and Interviews:
Christopher Healy (The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom) at Literary Asylum and Kid Lit Frenzy
Sarvenaz Tash (The Mapmaker and the Ghost) at Bookyurt
James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) at Neverendingsearch (a post on author visits)
Other Good Stuff:
Those who, like Guardian columnist Tim Lott, want to escape from the cliche of pinkness in girls book, should check out this list at Fantastic Reads
The movie rights to The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom have been picked up by Fox Animation
Kate Coombs talks Ogres and Trolls at The Enchanted Inkpot (and also shares her own Diana Wynne Jones tribute at her blog).
Here are the YA books in the running for the Locus Awards, which include the older middle grade/YA Akata Witch:
- Planesrunner, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
- Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk)
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)
- Goliath, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)
I've never been entirely sure what I think about Le Petit Prince (mainly because the logistics of the prince's life on his his tiny planet seemed undeveloped to me), but it's still interesting that two pages that didn't make it into the final version have been discovered (sadly, neither of them are concerned with planetary logistics).
And finally, next Saturday my boys and I will be going (d.v.) to the Watch City Seampunk Festival, in Waltham, MA. It is the first steampunk festival for us. Here's one event that I'm looking forward to:
M.T. Anderson, Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link read from their stories in Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (children’s & young adult event). 3:30 PM at Back Pages Books, 289 Moody Street, Waltham, MA.
So if you see me, with my two impeccably dressed (ha ha) and well-mannered (more likely) boys in tow, do say hi!