Good morning. Here's what I found this week, scouring the internet in search of middle grade sci fi/fantasy related posts--please let me know if I missed yours!
Next week's round-up might be delayed, as I will be on my way home from Kidlitcon in NY, and my plans for Sunday morning are more along the lines of "have brunch with sister" than "get mg sff round-up done."
Update: registration for Kidlitcon has closed, having maxed out at 175 attendees. Wow! So many new people to meet!
Nominations for the Cybils start Oct. 1. Here are the mg sff panelists (which includes me). Every year, there are more Young Adult books nominated (not that I'm competitive about pointless things or anything). Every year, worthy MG books don't make it. Although the nominating procedures have changed somewhat, giving publishers the opportunity to fill in gaps, nominations from the floor (ie, anyone reading this!) are the backbone of the Cybils (or something). So please feel free to nominate!
Back to our main program.
The Reviews: (now with all the reviews that were in the draft post I forgot about...)
Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor, at Sonderbooks
Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer, at Fantasy Literature
A Circle of Cranes, by Annette LeBox, at Charlotte's Library
Circus Maximus (History Keepers), by Damian Dibben, at The Book Zone
Darkbeast, by Morgan Keyes, at Shannon Messenger
The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, at The Guardian
Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander, at Becky's Book Reviews
Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, by Dale Basye, at Michelle Mason
The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate, by Scott Nash, at Karissa's Reading Review
The Icarus Project, by Laura Quimby, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Books and Other Thoughts and sprite writes
Malcolm at Midnight, by W.H. Beck, at Good Books and Good Wine
Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris, by Marissa Moss, at The Fourth Musketeer
A Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring Book 1), by James Dashner, at Charlotte's Library
Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, at Bookishness
The Peculiar, by Stephan Bachmann, at My Precious
Rewind, by William Sleator, at Time Travel Times Two
Seeing Cinderella, by Jenny Lundquist, at Ms. Yingling Reads
The Seven Tales of Trinket, by Shelley Moore Thomas, at Night Writer
The Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver, at Imaginary Reads, My Brain On Books, and Karrisa's Reading Review
Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin, at One Librarian's Book Reviews
The Sweetest Spell, by Suzanne Selfors, at The Write Path and Cracking the Cover
Sword Mountain, by Nancy Yi Fan, at Semicolon
Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at Semicolon
What Came From the Stars, by Gary Schmidt, at Maria's Melange (second of a two part joint review with part 1 from last week at The Brain Lair), and at Faith Elizabeth Hough
Two mg horror stories from Ms. Yingling Reads-- Goosebumps Most Wanted: Planet of the Lawn Gnomes, by R.L. Stine, and Professor Gargoyle: Tales From Lovecraft Middle School #1, by Charles Gilman.
And a brief look at two great mg fantasy series--The Theodosia books, by R. L. LaFevers, and The Joy of Spooking series, by P.J. Pracegirldle, at Charlotte's Library
Authors and Interviews
Philip Pullman talks about rewriting Grimm at The Guardian
Morgan Keyes (Darkbeast) at The O.W.L.
Derek Taylor Kent (aka Derek the Ghost, author of Scary School) at Cracking the Cover
Caitlen Rubino-Bradway (Ordinary Magic) at Chicklish
China Mieville is interviewed by a very smart 12 year old at The Guardian
And also via The Guardian is this podcast of Jacqueline Wilson reading from, and talking about, her new Nesbit homage/sequel, Four Children and It.
Other Good Stuff:
Of course, the best of the Good Stuff is the new Hobbit trailer
The short list for the Roal Dahl funny prize has been announced (here's The Guardian's discussion), with sff nicely represented
Terri Windling talks fairy tales at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles
Pottermore has new back to school content (via The Guardian)
Vintage ads for libraries and reading...if you want to become a scary robot looking girl, there's nothing like a book (the larger the picture gets, the scarier it looks--the expressionless face, the staring eyes...):
And finally, a random tip: If you buy expensive art wallpaper, don't wipe
it with a wet sponge. You will wipe off the expensive art part.