This Week's Middle Grade Fantasy and Science Fiction Round-up (!/6/2013)

 Welcome to the first mg sff round up of 2013!  In case anyone is new to these posts, what I do is read skim as many blogs as I can, looking for reviews of mg sff, so that I can gather them all together in one easily found place so that fellow fans of the genre can enjoy them.   Please let me know, this week, or any week, if you have a post for me, or if I missed a post by you or your loved ones.

The Big News:

The Cybils Shortlists have been announced, and here are the lovely books us first round mg sff panelists came up with!  (click here to see the blurbs we wrote for them)

Beswitched by Kate Saunders
Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

The Reviews:

The Aviary, by Kathleen O’Dell, at Beyond Books

The Cup and the Crown, by Diane Stanley, at Kid Lit Geek

Elliot and the Goblin War, by Jennifer Nielsen, at My Precious

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Bookends and Literate Lives

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Ex Libris

Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling--Michael Morpurgo at The Guardian

Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill, at Karissa's Reading Review

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at Challenging the Bookworm

Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, at Stacked

The Path of Beasts, by Lian Tanner, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, at books4yourkids 

Pip and the Wood Witch Curse, by Chris Mould, at Charlotte's Library

Posiden and the Sea of Fury, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, at The Write Path

Shadow Breakers, by Daniel Blythe, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Spirit Fighter, by Jay Law, at Challenging the Bookworm

Tilly's Moonlight Garden, by Julia Green, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snickett, at Biblio File 

Two fantasy moth books--Margaret and the Moth Tree, by Brit Trogan and Kari Trogan, and The Grey Ghost, by Julie Hahnke, at Charlotte's Library

Other Good Stuff:

At From the Mixed Up Files, Sayantani DasGupta asks--Is there a shortage of girls in mg sff?  I think not, myself, and the comments are full of recommendations.  Watching the books I'm offering to my own young fantasy reader, I'm rather thrilled to see how many books with central characters who are girls he's loving, and I think that if you want your boy to "read girls," mgsff is your best bet.  Followed by graphic novels.

Which is illustrated by my own look at the mg sff sequels and series continuators coming out this spring--6 star girls (one being a girl dragon) and 3 star boys.

For those interested in diversity in mg sff--here's my round up of all the 2012 books I found whose central protagonists aren't white kids.

It would actually take 2.5 million seagulls to lift the Giant Peach (via The Guardian).   Logistically challenging.


  1. So glad The False Prince made the short list. Fingers crossed that it wins. Thanks for the fantastic round-up as usual.

    1. Yes, I think that's my favorite too!


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