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.
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....).