This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi/fantasy from around the blogs (December 16, 2012))

This is the last round-up before the world ends, so I hope you enjoy it.  Please let me know if I missed your post.  I follow about 400 of you in google reader (which is why I don't comment much--I'm too busy skimming), but there are so many blogs out there a girl just can't find everyone.

The Reviews

Beauty and the Beast: The Only One Who Didn't Run Away, by Wendy Mass, at Semicolon

Bliss, by Kathryn Littlewood, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Cabinet of Earths, by Anne Nesbet, at Book Nut

Chance Fortune and the Outlaws, by Shane Berryhill, at Madigan Reads

The Cup and the Crown, by Diane Stanley, at Semicolon

Deadly Pink, by Vivien Vande Velde, at Semicolon

The Emerald Atlas and The Fire Chronicle, by John Stephens, at Kid Lik Geek

The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon, by S.S Taylor, at In Bed With Books and Jen Robinson's Book Page

The Fire Chronicle, by John Stephens, at The Write Path and Charlotte's Library

Freakling, by Lana Krumwiede, at Challenging the Bookworm

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, by Mike Jung, at Semicolon

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Book Nut

Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander, at Great Kid Books and alibrarymama

The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, at Sharon the Librarian 

In the Nick of Time, by J. Lee Graham, at Time Travel Times Two

The Icarus Project, by Laura Quimby, at Book Nut

Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill, at The Book Smugglers

Island of Silence, by Lisa McMann, at Challenging the Bookworm

The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde, at Charlotte's Library and Finding Wonderland

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at Barbara Ann Watson

Princess of the Silver Woods, by Jessica Day George, at The Book Smugglers and A Backwards Story

Princess of the Wild Swans, by Diane Zahlerat Kid Lit Geek

Shiverton Hall, by Emerald Fennell, at Bart's Bookshelf

The Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver, at The Irish Banana

Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schiltz, at Fuse #8

Tilly's Moonlight Garden, by Julia Green, at Jean Little Library 

Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, at Shelf Elf

Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, by Lars Guignard, at Sharon the Librarian

At Random Musings of a Bibliophile, quick looks at four mg fantasies: The Graverobber's Apprentice, by Allan Stratton, Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, The Sea of Trolls, by Nancy Farmer, and The Star Shard, by Frederic S. Durbin.

And more quick reviews at Candace's Book Blog:  The Flame of Olympus, by Kate O'Hearn, The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo, and Once Upon a Merigold, by Jean Ferris. 

Author and Interviews:

Mike Jung (Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities) at Cynsations
Sarwat Chadda (Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress) at The Book Smugglers

Other Good Stuff:

I missed this list in November--School Library Journal's compilation of Middle Grade Fantasy you should have in your library.

(and I made my own little list of fantasy books to give a nine-year old boy)

Jenn Reese reminds us of middle grade books that have been honored by the Norton Award, and urges nominators to keep this age group in mind this year.

What's with all the dead parents in middle grade fantasy? at KimberlyLynKane

We went to see The Hobbit last night, and were pretty happy with it (though some of us, ie me, felt there was too much fighting, felt that Rivendell looks too much like a Thomas Kincade painting, and thought Galadriel's dress was silly).  But in any event, it would be very helpful to have studied this dwarf identification flowchart in advance, and perhaps even to have it printed out, with a little pen light on hand, to consult during the movie.  My younger son and I like Kili best (which makes me sad in advance about the ultimate ending....).


  1. Thanks for all the links Charlotte. And awesome that you saw The Hobbit already. I can't wait to see it.

  2. Thanks for the SLJ link. I had missed that too.

    " Rivendell looks too much like a Thomas Kincade painting"
    This made me snort Pepsi up my nose.

  3. A couple of my library helpers have taken to saying "This will be due on January 3rd, even if the world ends." They are advising fellow patrons to brave the zombie apocalypse to return their books on time.

    I have to wait until spring to see The Hobbit. The LOTR movies made trudging across snowy fields on my way to work a little weird, since I thought a lot about Mordor and wanting to be an elf librarian. Wouldn't that be the BEST job?

  4. "Umm, Gildor, would you mind returning that scroll? You've had it for seven centuries, and Glorfindel has put a recall on it. Thank you."


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