Welcome to the first middle grade science fiction and fantasy round-up of September! Here are all the posts I found this week; please let me know if I missed yours.

The Reviews

Bridge of Time, by Lewis Buzbee, at Charlotte's Library

Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Darkbeast, by Morgan Keyes, at Not Acting My Age

The Demon Notebook, by Erica McGann, at Nayu's Reading Corner

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire, 1), by Tui T. Sutherland, at Fantasy Literature

Eye of the Storm, by Kate Messner, at Presenting Lenore

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Cracking the Cover

The Ghost of Graylock, by Dan Poblocki, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Ghost of Opalina, by Peggy Bacon, at Charlotte's Library

Gods and Warriors, by Michelle Paver, at Bookyurt

Gustav Gloom and the People Taker, by Adam-Troy Castro, at Carina's Books

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, at Stacked

The Kindling, by Brayden Bell, at My Precious

The Month of Zephram Mondays, by Leslie A. Susskind, at Nayu's Reading Corner

Mutiny in Time, by James Dashner, at Cracking the Cover

The Prarie Thief, by Melissa Wiley, at Jen Robinson's Book Page

The Prince Who Fell from the Sky, by John Claude Bemis, at Carina's Books

The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell, at Tales of the Marvelous

Renegade Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at The Book Smugglers

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Tracton, at books4yourkids

Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schiltz, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin, at Stacked and Abby the Librarian

What Came from the Stars, by Gary Schmidt, at Jen Robinson's Book Page

The Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer, at Read in a Single Sitting

Writers and Interviews:

Jennifer Nielsen (The False Prince) at Emily's Reading Room

James Dashner (Mutiny in Time) at Cracking the Cover

Morgan Keyes (Darkbeast) at Jill Archer and An Exchange of Words

Other Good Stuff:

BBC Three will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publications of Grimm's Fairy Tales with interviews and readings from "poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse, John Agard, the poet and playwright, Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, and the writer of comic fantasy stories, Sir Terry Pratchett." For more info, here's the Guardian article. [Which is correct--Grimm's Tales, as the Guardian has it, or Grimms' Tales, since there were two brothers????]

Not related to mg sff at all, but these reviews are Utterly Funny (thanks to This is Not the Six World Novel)

Of Bloggish interest:
The schedule for Kitlitcon 2012 is up! And it looks great. This is the most fun conference ever (if, of course, you are a children's book blogger. If you are a dairy farm, perhaps, not so much).

Sign ups are now ongoing for the A More Diverse Universe blog tour, which will happen Sept 23rd to Sept. 29th. "To participate, you need only read and review one book in the speculative fiction genre that was written by a person of color."

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is coming Sept. 10-14 (with no awards this year, which I think is for the best).

This week's round-up brought to you by the Poodle Moth, coming soon to a backyard near you:


  1. Thanks for sharing your roundup! I look forward to it each week. I'll see you in a few weeks - what fun KidLitCon will be!

  2. Ooooooooh, thank you for the heads up on the Diverse Universe tour. I went and signed up immediately, but I'm dying to review THORN by Intisar Khanani well before the end of the month!! Oh, the agony.

  3. Thanks so much for the mention, Charlotte, and for the great links, as usual!


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