This week's middle grade fantasy and science fiction roundup (March 17, 2013)

Welcome the round-up of what I found this week!  Please let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews:

The Arctic Incident, by Eoin Colfer, at Fantasy Literature

Ash Mistry and the City of Death, by Sarwat Chadda, at The Book Zone

Bot Wars, by J.V. Kade, at Heise Reads & Recommends

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles de Lint, at A Reader of Fictions and Charlotte's Library

Deadweather and Sunrise, by Geoff Rodkey, at Justin's Book Blog 

E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core!,  at Wondrous Reads 

The Fellowship for Alien Detection, by Kevin Emerson, at BooksYALove, The Write Path, Bumbles and Fairy-Tales, and Sonderbooks

Finn Finnegan, by Darby Karchut,  at Middle Grade Ninja 

Freakling, by Lana Krumwied, at Maria's Melange

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, by Mike Jung, at Stephanie Ruble (giveaway)

The Genius Files, by Dan Gutman, at Log Cabin Library

House of Secrets, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, at Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books 

The Invisible Tower, by Nils Johnson-Shelton, at Geo Librarian

Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Island of Silence, by Lisa McMann, at Karissa's Reading Review

Jinx, by Sage Blackwood, at Ageless Pages Reviews

Mirage, by Jenn Reese, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Mister Monday, by Garth Nix, at Mister K Reads

My Epic Fairy Tale Fail, by Anna Staiszewski, at The Write Path and The Book Cellar

The Ogre Downstairs, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Dead Houseplants

The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, at We Fancy Books

The Princess for Hire trilogy, by Lindsey Leavitt, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Return to Exile, by E.L. Patien, at My Precious

The Runaway King, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Cracking the Cover, Candace's Book Blog, Sonderbooks, Becky's Book Reviews, and Literary Rambles (giveaway)

The Snow Merchant, by Sam Gayton, at Playing By the Book

A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff, at Alice Marvels

Timecatcher, by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, at Charlotte's Library

The Ultra Violets, by Sophie Bell, at Justin's Book Blog

Zom-b Underground, by Darren Shan, at Ms. Yingling Reads

A two for one post at Book Aunt-- Garden Princess, by Kristin Kladstrup, and A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff

Authors and Interveiws

Barbara Brooks Wallace (Miss Switch and the Vile Villains) at Cynsations

Jenn Reese (Mirage) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Sara Crowe (literary agent) talks about Sky Jumpers, by Peggy Eddleman, at Literary Rambles (giveaway)

Darby Karchut (Finn Finnegan) at Middle Grade Ninja

Two MG SFF blogtours are wrapping up--here are the stops for The Fellowship of Alien Dection and here are the stops for The Chroncles of Egg

Other Good Stuff:

Lee and Low has been showcasing the winners of this years New Vision Finalists; in this final post of the series, the authors talk about diversity in genre fiction for middle grade and YA audiences.

A list of Irish fantasy for (mostly middle grade) kids at Charlotte's Library, which was just considerably expanded thanks to a very knowledgeable blog reader.

First Book has announced that the two publishers chosen to provide books for their Stories for All Project (making multicultural books available to providers of books to kids in lower income communities) are Lee and Low, and Harper Collins. (read more here at the NY Times)


  1. Thanks for all the links and including my giveaway of The Runaway King at Literary Rambles. Sorry I forgot to e-mail you about it.

    1. No worries! You're in my reader, so I catch your posts anyway.

  2. Thank you for including me as well, it is so nice of you to do this each week. I always look forward to checking out all the great things you've found.

  3. Do you only review traditionally published books? Do you have a separate section for self-published stories if they fall within middle grade and YA fantasy and science fiction? Just curious, or if you can point me in the direction of a site that does do this--review self-pubbed books. Thanx.

    1. Although I do on occasion review self-published books, at the moment I'm swamped and not taking any more on. The thing to do is to check the about section on the various blogs that review books similar to feel in yours--a good blog will say what sort of books the blogger accepts, and give you contact information. Good luck to you!

  4. Charlotte, thanks for the shout-out for my book. And what a great list!


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