A third list of books to tempt the reader who hasn't yet nominated anything in mg sci fi/fantasy

I really thought that I'd read a lot of middle grade sci fi/fantasy this past year...but lo, I didn't.  And as a direct result, I continue to wonder if one of the mg sff books that I haven't yet read from this Cybil's year is The One.

And so I spent a happy little time at Kirkus, reading reviews....and found these, none of which have been nominated!  So if you think one of these combines most beautifully kid appeal and quality writing, do nominate it

The Crimson Shard, by Teresa Flavin

Gustav Gloom and the People Taker

The Mourning Emporium, by Michelle Louvric

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Troll Hunters by Michael Dahl

Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach

Heart of Stone, by M.L. Welsh

The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer

Deadly Pink, by Vivian Vande Velde (nominated-goody!  I'm looking forward to reading this one!)

Crow Country, by Kate Constable (ages 10-14, so perhaps more at home in YA)

Dark Lord, by Jamie Thomson

The land of Neverbelieve, by Norman Messenger (perhaps more at home in picture books)

Unlocking the Spell, by E.D. Baker

The Icarus Project by Laura Quimby (now nominated!)

The Mapmaker's Sons by VL Burgess (now nominated, but yoiks!  Not eligbile cause of coming out too late in the month.  Sorry.)

Robin Hood, by David Calcutt  (although goodness knows Robin Hood might not be fantasy...Scarlet, for instance, is in regular YA not YA sff, but it sounds really good!)

And all of these are in addition to the books from my previous two posts, here and here.


  1. I think Robin Hood straddles the line. Sort of an individual call.

  2. I feel like I've buried my head in the sand, because I'm only familiar with a couple of these.

    1. Isn't it the truth! I thought I was little Miss Au Courant with mg sff, and, lo, I hadn't heard of most of these either. I think I need to subscribe to Kirkus etc.! Read more! Buy more books! Neglect the household tasks with even more enthusiasm! sigh.

  3. Yes...Charlotte. I so hear ya on the read more, buy more, neglect house....lol. Man. Oh. Man.

  4. What with worries other parents Judging, with negative social implications for the children, there's a limit to how much I can neglect....sigh.


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