The June 3 round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy posts from around the blogs

Welcome to another round-up of the middle grade sci fi/fantasy posts I found in my weekly blog reading! Let me know if I missed yours!

The Reviews

Albrek's Tomb (Adventures Wanted #3), by M.L. Forman, at The Write Path

At the Firefly Gate, by Linda Newbery, at Charlotte's Library

Battle of the Zombies, by The Beastly Boys, at Back to Books

Castle in the Air, by Diana Wynne Jones, at HumbleIndigo

The Council of Mirrors, by Michael Buckley, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Dandelion Fire, by N.D. Wilson, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Door in the Forest, by Roderick Townley, at Bibliophile Support Group

Dragon Castle, by Joseph Bruchac, a joint review at Maria's Melange and The Brain Lair

Earwig and the Witch, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Reads for Keeps

The Emerald Tablet, by P.J. Hoover, at Raising Boys World

Eye of the Storm, by Kate Messner, at The Reading Zone

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Beyond Books and To Read or Not To Read

Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Thoughts of an Endless Dreamer

The Ninnies, by Paul Magrs, at The British Fantasy Society

Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, at A Backwards Story, Charlotte's Library, and My Precious

The Paradise Trap, by Katherine Jinks, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Serpent's Shadow, by Rick Riordan, at The Write Path

Song, by Jason Lethcoe, at HumbleIndigo

The Unseen Guest, by Maryrose Wood, at A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea-Cozy and Sharon the Librarian

A two for one at Ms. Yingling Reads-- Zac and the Dream Stealers, by Ross MacKenzie, and The Color of Bones, by Tracy Edward Wymer.

Authors and Interviews

Jennifer E. Smith (The Storm Makers) at There's a Book

Caitlen Rubino-Bradway (Ordinary Magic) at A Backwards Story

Derek the Ghost (Scary School) at The Book Pixie

Anne Ursu (Breadcrumbs) at Novel Novice

A character interview with the princes from A Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, at Small Review

Other Good (?) Stuff

Harry Potter, Seriously--at Nine Kinds of Pie

Question: can you think of any mg sff titles that are quotations from famous poems? At Tor, there's a post that plays one of my favorite type cocktail party games--how many spec fic titles come from Blake’s “The Tyger” and how many from Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress.”

Another interesting question--Would a unicorn be qualified to be president? Some people think not...and have raised questions about what exactly is hiding beneath Mitt Romney's hair... (I myself think that just because someone might have a horn doesn't mean they shouldn't be president. And have now spent far too long trying to imagine a unicorn wanting to be president).

And now, before I go off to BEA on a 4:30 bus, I must
a. dig up and pot lots of plants from the garden as a present for my son's teacher who has a new house with no plants in the garden yet
b. go to Staples to print out and mount two posters for a public meeting on underwater archaeology at one o'clock this afternoon
c. attend said meeting, and give a brief talk (mercifully already written)
d. write a blog post for Monday
e. plant tomatoes and potatoes (I am awfully late on planting this year)
f. go to the bank

If you are going to BEA, and might want to say hi, this is what I look like (give or take a cat and a blanket):


  1. Thanks for another great round-up. Have fun at BEA.

  2. Thanks for THE EMERALD TABLET inclusion! Hope you have a wonderful time at BEA. Wish I was going :)

  3. Wow, that is a lot to get done by 4:30. I suspect you will manage it, though. See you at the BEA.

  4. Have fun at BEA! And thanks for including my review in the round up!

  5. That is so great that you post what is happening in the middle grade world of books. Thanks for adding me to your list. Dorine- The Write Path


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