Welcome to another week's engatherment of what I found in my blog reading pertaining to middle grade (ages 9-12) science fiction and fantasy. I myself haven't read much this week, as I am in the throes of dining room remodeling, so much so that my little one, who has been known to say, "I guess you love books more than you love your own little child," said "You have been working too hard. You should sit down and read." Truer words were never spoken.
But in any even, other people have been reading and reviewing. Please let me know if I missed your post!
Above World, by Jenn Reese, at A Backwards Story
Astronaut Academy, by Dave Roman, at Guys Lit Wire
Beswitched, by Kate Saunders, at Readatouille
The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander, at Book Nut
The Boy Who Howled, by Timothy Powers, at Readatouille
Castle of Shadows, by Ellen Renner, at Cracking the Cover
Dragon Castle, by Joseph Bruchac, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Dragonbreath--Lair of the Bat Monster, and Revenge of the Horned Bunnies, by Ursula Vernon, at Ms. Yingling Reads
The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at The O.W.L.
The Filth Licker, by Christy Burne, at BooksYALove
Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander, at The Book Monsters
The Groosham Grange series, by Anthony Horowitz, at The Write Path
Half Upon a Time, by James Riley, at The Book Cellar
Heirs of Prophecy, by Michael A. Rothman, at From Tots to Teens
Kat, Incorrigible, and its sequel, Renegade Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at Jean Little Library
The Kindling, by Brandon Bell, at A Casual Read and Geo Librarian
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer, at Gossamer Obsessions
Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at The Dancing Reader
The Magic Tunnel, by Caroling D. Emerson, at Charlotte's Library
The Name of This Book is Secret, by Pseudonymous Bosch, at library_mama
Nation, by Terry Pratchett, at YA's the Word
The Princess and Curdie, by George MacDonald, at Becky's Book Reviews
Project Jackalope, by Emily Ecton, at books4yourkids
Scream Street: Flame of the Dragon, by Tommy Donbavand, at Wondrous Reads
The Serpent's Shadow, by Rick Riordan, at Beyond Books
Spellbound (The Books of Elsewhere), by Jacqueline West, at Book Nut
The Storm Makers, by Jennifer E. Smith, at Bookalicious
The Unseen Guest (Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place) by Maryrose Wood, at Book Nut
The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, at Everyday Reading
Authors and Interviews
Timothy Powers (The Boy Who Howled) at Readatouille
Joanne Levy (Small Medium at Large) at The O.W.L.
Carolyn Turgeon (Next Full Moon) at Literary Rambles (plus giveaway)
Katie W. Stewart (The Dragon Box) at The Reading Cafe
Michael A. Rothman (Heirs of Prophecy) at It's Raining Books
Other Good Stuff
Hufflepuff pride--"Sorted This Way," from The Mary Sue
"G is for Grim" (as in Death Dog)--Susan Price (Ghost Drum) at Scribble City Central
The favorite fairy tale retellings of various bloggers, at Random Acts of Reading
I'm always on the lookout for new lists of multicultural sci fi/fantasy, and here's a nice one at This Blog Belongs to Emily Brown, and here's an article on why parents should read multicultural books to their kids (found via Waking Brian Cells)
Cold fantasy for a hot summer's day, at Charlotte's Library
A nice piece on Eva Ibbotson at The Telegraph (also found via Waking Brain Cells)
And finally, from NOAA: "No evidence for aquatic humanoids has ever been found."
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