This Sunday's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (7/1/2012)

Here's what I found this week--enjoy! And of course let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews:

Aliens on a Rampage, by Clete Barrett Smith, at The HappyNappyBookseller

The Bonehill Curse, by Jon Mayhew, at My Favorite Books

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at RoeSpot and Michelle Mason

Brigitta of the White Forest, by Danika Dinsmore, at Middle Grade Fiction Finder

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, at Best Fantasy Books Blog

The Crowfield Demon, by Pat Walsh, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Deadweather and Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg, Book 1), by Geoff Rodkey, at Charlotte's Library

Dogsbody, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Dust Girl, by Sarah Zettel, at Confessions of a Bibliovore

Elf Girl and Raven Boy, by Marcus Sedgwick, at Wondrous Reads

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, at One Librarian's Book Reviews and Page In Training

Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at Library Chicken

Iron-Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill, at Diary of a Book Addict

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, at Fyrefly's Book Blog

Midnight for Charlie Bone, by Jenny Nimmo (audiobook review), at Known to Read

Mind If I Read Your Mind? (Ghost Buddy #2) by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, at Ms. Yingling Reads

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, at Geo Librarian

My Very Unfairy Tale Live, by Anna Staniszewski, at The Book Cellar

Parsley Sage, Rosemary, and Time, by Jane Louise Curry, at Charlotte's Library

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier, at Adventures of a Book Wyrm

Scary School, by Derek the Ghost, at Small Review

The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere, 1) by Jacqueline West, at Book Nut

Ship of Souls, by Zetta Elliott, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

The Silver Bowl, by Diane Stanley, at The Book Smugglers

Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin, at Fuse #8

The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex, at Teach Mentor Texts

The Whispering House, by Rebecca Wade,at books4yourkids

You Can't Have My Planet, But Take My Brother Please, by James Mihaley, at Jean Little Library

Authors and Interviews:

Sarvenaz Tash (The Mapmaker and the Ghost) at Cynsations

Michael A. Rothman (Heirs of Prophecy) at Books Are Magic

Derek Kent. aka Derek the Ghost. (Scary School) at Imaginary Reads

Joanne Levy (Small Medium at Large) at A Thousand Wrongs (plus giveaway)

Other Good Stuff:

Thank goodness for io9, one of my go to sites for Concluding Whimsical Images. They did not disappoint this morning- Knitted Monster Masks!


  1. Wow! It's encouraging to see so many middle grade reviews this week. Thanks for shsaring them.

    1. I know--I was a little worried that the number would drop of sharply in summer!

  2. Greetings! I'm posting a bit on my own blog about science fiction. My goal this summer is to find some great recent science fiction books (middle grade and YA) that I can recommend to students and teachers. Prior to this summer, it seemed like I was up to date on fantasy, but still recommending mostly books from the 80s and early 90s (and before) in science fiction.

    If you care to take a look, this is the link to the strand where I include the science fiction I'm reading (as well as a few posts explaining why I think Science Fiction (and fantasy) are such powerful tools for building our minds and imaginations.

  3. Love these round-ups (as ever)!


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