Good morning, and welcome to another week's worth of my middle grade sci fi/fantasy blog reading! If I missed your post, please let me know.
First: Nominations for the Cybils are open till October 15; if you haven't nominated your favorite eligible mg sff book (one published between Oct 16, 2011 and Oct 15, 2012 in the US or Canada) please do so! I say "middle grade," but this category also includes elementary--so it's anything above easy readers/short chapter books but below YA (so the Dragonbreath books, for instance, go into this category). YA sci fi/fantasy has c. 120 books so far; mg/elementary has only about 80, in large part, I think, because it relies more on gatekeepers to nominate its books.
To jog people's memories, I've put together two little lists of books published in the first half the nomination year--here, and here. Last year, for the record, this category had c. 150 books. (The nonfiction, poetry, and book apps. categories also need more love!)
And here's a Cybils related question for those of you who have read The One and Only Ivan to ponder--typically, talking/sentient animals go in the fantasy category (The Cheshire Cheese Cat, for instance, won last year). Is Ivan a real guerrilla, or a fantasy guerrilla?
3 Below, by Patrick Carman, at Book Nut
The Bridge of Time, by Lewis Buzbee, at Time Travel Times Two
The Brixen Witch, by Stacy DeKeyser at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
The Castle in the Attic, by Elizabeth Winthrope, at Quirky Bookworm
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, by Clairat Presenting Lenore
Cold Cereal, by Adam Rex, at Semicolon
Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, at Maria's Melange
The Death of Yorik Mortwell, by Stephen Messer, at Akossiwa Ketoglo
The Demonkeeper Series, by Royce Buckingham, at Musings of a Book Addict (the last two, Demoncity and Demoneater, are Cybils eligible)
Down the Mysterly River, by Bill Willingham, at 300 Pages
Ever, by Gail Carson Levine, at Read In a Single Sitting
The Ghost of Graylock, by Dan Poblocki, at Fantasy Literature
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Good Books and Good Wine and The Book Smugglers
Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger--this one is on a blog tour with lots of stops; you can find a nice list of them here; other reviews at In Bed With Books, and Carina's Books
The Key (Magnificent 12), by Michael Grant, at Book Dreaming
Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris, by Marissa Moss, at Good Books and Good Wine and The Write Path
Monsters on the March (Scary School), by Derek the Ghost, at Imaginary Reads
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath, at Semicolon
Operation Bunny, by Sally Gardner, at Nayu's Reading Corner and Fantastic Reads (more elementary than middle grade)
Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, at Semicolon
Professor Gargoyle, by Charles Gilman, at Jen Robinson's Book Page and Now is Gone
Renegade Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at Semicolon
The Seven Tales of Trinket, by Shelley Moore Thomas, at My Brain on Books
The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, by Nikki Loftin, at Presenting Lenore
The Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver, at My Precious and My Favorite Books
Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz, at Semicolon
Unlocking the Spell, by E.D. Baker, at Cracking the Cover
The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMan, at Back to Books
The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons, by Barbara Mariconda, at Ms. Yingling Reads
The Wednesdays, at Puss Reboots
The Wikkeling, by Steven Arnston, at Novels, News, and Notes
Authors and Interviews
Philip Pullman (Grimm Tales) at The Telegraph
Lois Lowry (The Giver, and now Son) at Story Snoops
Catherynne M. Valente on "Looking Glass Girls" at Good Books and Good Wine and on "Childhood and Growing Up" at The Book Smugglers (giveaway) and as "the Big Idea" at Whatever
Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities) at Bookyurt
Lisa McMann (Unwanteds: Island of Silence) at The Enchanted Inkpot
Grace Lin (Starry River of the Sky) at The Enchanted Inkpot
Jama's Alphabet Soup , Pragmatic Mom, and Charlotte's Library
Stephanie Burgis (Renegade Magic) at Templar Publishing--the third, and final, book in her trilogy is coming out this month in the UK
Margaret Peterson Haddix at A Thousand Wrongs (giveaway)
Morgan Keyes (Darkbeast) at Avery Flynn
Jenn Reese (Above World) at The Writing Nut
Other Good Stuff
Pinterest. I might have to try doing this for mg, although I think it would be hard to come up with 100. However, check out this paperback cover for Claws, by Mike and Rachel Grinti (my review)--I just saw it at my son's Scholastic Book Fair. You can also note how the "cut off face trend" extends to the cat.
A director's cut of the Harry Potter books??? at BBC News
A new fairy tale reimagining, revisiting, retelling blog/literary journal--Unsettling Wonder
It's always fun to buy a sci fi/fantasy book for a needy library serving kids who needs books badly--so here's your chance, at the Guys Lit Wire book fair for Ballou Sr High School in D.C.
Ray Bradbury's final, beautifully inspiring, essay, at LitStack
So this newly discovered worm is supposed to look like Yoda?
I don't see it. However, I am glad to know what is being shown on the cover of this book (A Love Episode, by Zola Aemile), or perhaps it's something else...but what? This is just one of the many mind-shakingly awful book covers from Tutis Digital Publishing, whose ability to create incomprehensibly horrible covers is unmatched (thanks to the Guardian, for bringing this to my attention. Seriously, if you have five minutes, check these covers out).