Welcome to another week in which I round up all the blog posts I could find which I would like to have read in someone else's round up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy, if it weren't for the fact that I am the rounder upper....Please let me know if I missed your post!
And isn't that a lovely origami Smaug? (found at Tor).
Any Which Wall, by Laurel Snyder, at Time Travel Times Two
Bigger Than a Breadbox, by Laurel Snyder, at There's a Book
The Black Cauldron, by Lloyd Alexander, review by Bit, bibliophile in training, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at Sonderbooks
Claws, by Mike and Rachel Grinti, at My Precious
The Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh, at books4yourkids
Darkbeast, by Morgan Keyes, at Ms. Yingling Reads and Sharon the Librarian (giveaway--extended from original date)
Deadweather and Sunrise, by Geoff Rodkey, at The Book Monsters
Ely Plot (The Wickit Chronicles, book 1) by Joan Lennon, at A Thousand Wrongs
Half Magic, by Edward Eager, at Tor
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, at Book Nut
In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz, at Waking Brain Cells
Invisible World, by Suzanne Weyn, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Island of Silence (Unwanteds, book 2), by Lisa McMann, at Heise Reads & Recommends
Lily's Ghosts, by Laura Ruby, at Read in a Single Sitting
Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, at Book Nut and Becky's Book Reviews
The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, at Literary Rambles (giveaway)
The Prince Who Fell From the Sky, by John Claude Bemis, at Ex Libris
Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale, at Books Together and Becky's Book Reviews
Princess Academy, and Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, at Slatebreakers
Seeing Cinderella, by Jenny Lundquist, at The Children's Book Review
The Serpent's Ring, by H.B. Bolton, at Candace's Book Blog
Seven Tales of Tinket, by Shelley Moore Thomas, at Book Aunt
Spellbound (the Books of Elsewhere 2), by Jacqueline West, at Jean Little Library
Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schiltz, at Good Books and Good Wine
The Sweetest Spell, by Suzanne Selfors, at Book Aunt (note: this is one of those marketed as YA that seem upper mg appropriate)
The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons, by Barbara Mariconda, at Book Aunt
What Came from the Stars, by Gary Schmidt, at Book Nut, Librarian's Quest, and a joint review/conversation at The Brain Lair and Maria's Melange.
Wooden Bones, by Scott William Carter, at Charlotte's Library
Monica of Educating Alice reviews Splendors and Glooms, and The Peculiar, in today's NY Times.
At Black and White, you'll find a look at three lovely read aloud fantasies for the younger set--The Robe of Skulls, by Vivian French, The Serial Garden, by Joan Aiken, and Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire, by Polly Horvath
Authors and Interviews:
Liz Kessler (Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun) at Nayu's Reading Corner
Lisa McMann (The Unwanteds) describes an inspiring school visit at the Nerdy Book Club
Morgan Keyes discusses the rituals of Darkbeast at Stiching Words, One Thread at a Time
Other Good Stuff:
It's Roald Dahl's birthday week, and The Guardian has rounded up a lovely set of "links, articles and teaching resources to help you celebrate in class."
Lots of book to movie news: Dragonlogy, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and The True Meaning of Smekday are all on their way to the big screen.
M is for Merrow at Scribble City Central
At the Nerdy Book Club, you can find a list of the top ten middle grade graphic novels (and in a comment you can find more suggestions from me....).
For those looking for mg sff ebooks, visit Fantasy Books for Kids, where every Friday five such ebooks are showcased.
Megan Whalen Turner talks about the Provensen book of fairy tales (and its scary pictures) at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles.
And finally, a lovely picture from the Etsy story of artist Elly MacKay, and boy was it hard to chose just one picture. I might very well ask for one of her pictures for my birthday...and maybe even try my own hand at doing something similar--if I do it with boys, it becomes Educational and process will matter more than (lack) of beautiful product. (Thanks to Chasing Ray for the introduction).