This week's middle grade fantasy and sci fi round-up (October 28, 2012)

Welcome to another week's worth of my middle grade fantasy/sci fi blog gleenings!  Please let me know if I missed your post.

First:  I have two giveaways going on right now, and it would make me happy if more people entered.  First, Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris, and second, an awesome prize pack of middle grade goodness from Penguin.   Please enter.

The Reviews:

Be My Enemy (Planesrunner), by Ian McDonald, at The Intergalactic Academy

The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander, at alibrarymama

The Book of Wonders, by Jasmine Richards, at Semicolon 

The Cloak Society, by Jeramey Kraatz, at Charlotte's Library and Ms. Yingling Reads and also at Book Aunt (scroll down)

Deadweather and Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg, book 1), by Geoff Rodkey, at Book Nut

The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess, by  Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams, at Parenthetical

Earwig and the Witch, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Semicolon

The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood, by Barb Ullman, at Jean Little Library

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at That Blog Belongs to Emily Brown

Freakling, by Lana Krumwiede, at My Precious

Gathering Blue, by Lois Lowry, at Becky's Book Reviews

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, by Mike Jung, at Book Aunt (scroll down)  

The Giver, by Lois Lowry, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente, at janicu's book blog, Book Harbinger,  and Chachic's Book Nook

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne Valente, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat, by Ursula Moray Williams, at Nayu's Reading Corner

Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander, at A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy

The Golden Door, by Emily Rodda, at Sharon the Librarian

The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate, by Scott Nash, at books4yourkids 

House of Many Ways, by Diana Wynne Jones, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill, at BooksYALove and Charlotte's Library

The Iron Ring, by Lloyd Alexander, at Quirky Bookworm

Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Fantasy Literature

Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan, at Book Nut and Kid Lit Geek

Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris, by Marissa Moss, at Charlotte's Library (giveaway)

The Ninnies, by Paul Magrs, at Strange and Random Happenstance 

Once Upon a Toad, by Heather Vogel Frederick, at Charlotte's Library

Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, at Sonderbooks

Peaceweaver, by Rebecca Barnhouse, at Semicolon

The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachman, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

Renegade Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at Book Nut 

The Rock of Ivanore, by Laurisa White Reyes, at Semicolon

The Secret Prophecy, by Herbie Brennan, at Book Aunt (scroll down)

Small Change for Stuart (aka Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms), by Lissa Evans, at The Book Smugglers

Snow in Summer, by Jane Yolen, at Semicolon and Becky's Book Reviews

The Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver, at Book Nut

The Storm Makers, by Jennifer E. Smith, at alibrarymama

Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits, by Daniel McInerny, at Middle Grad Mafioso

Summer and Bird, by Katherine Catmull, at Great Imaginations

The Supernaturalist, by Eoin Colfer, at Maria's Melange

The Tilting House, by Tom Llewellyn, at By Singing Light

Time Twister: Journal #3 of a Cardboard Box, by Frank Asch, at Time Travel Times Two

The Undertakers--  Rise of the Corpses, and Queen of the Dead, by Ty Drago, at The Book Smugglers

The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons, by Barbara Marionda, at Book Nut

The Whispering House, by Rebecca Wade, at Good Books and Good Wine

Authors and Interviews

Morgan Keyes (Darkbeast) at The Enchanted Inkpot

William Alexander (Goblin Secrets) at Nerdy Book Club

Katherine Catmull (Summer and Bird) at Adventures in YA & Children's Publishing

Jeannie Mobley (Katerina's Wish) at The Children's Book Review (I think this might well be historical fiction with a fantasy-esque side story nestled inside it, but it's still of interest

Ty Drago (The Undertakers) at The Book Smugglers

Shelby Bach (Of Giants and Ice) at Literary Rambles (giveaway)

Jacqueline Kelly (of Calpurnia Tate fame) on her new book, Return to the Willows (as in, Wind in the...), at the NY Times

Anne Ursu (Breadcrumbs) at the New York Public Library Blog

Other Good Stuff

Click-Clack the Rattlebag, a short story written and performed by Neil Gaiman, free at Audible until October 31.

Harry Potter and The Quiet Book--a cute as all get out interactive felt version from Julie's Blog (thanks to Finding Wonderland for the link)

S is for Satyr, with Philip Womack, at Scribble City Central

Cool author chat today: 

In Conversation with Rachel Hartman,
Stefan Bachmann, and Christopher Paolini
10/28/12 2PM - 3PM 2012

 Tor has a piece on horror stories for children, and also offers this comparison of Dwarves then and now (I love that original Dutch cover to pieces):


  1. That Dutch cover is awesome. I would buy a copy of that.

    1. I love his little wave so much, and the expressions of the dwarves...

  2. I also reviewed The Mark of Athena at Kid Lit Geek:


  3. I reviewed The Supernaturalist (by Eoin Colfer) :)

  4. Great links. Thanks for compiling them and including mine for Of Giants and Ice even though I forgot to e-mail you about it.

  5. Thanks Mistia and Maria--you are added!

  6. Thank you for posting this compilation, Charlotte!


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