This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi/fantasy goodness (3/10/13)

Happy Spring Forward Day, if you can muster any enthusiasm for it, and welcome to this week's round-up of middle grade (ages 9-12 ish) fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs.  I have a nagging feeling that somewhere bloggers are blogging prolifically about mg sff and I'm not finding them, so do please let me know if a.  you have a post I missed  or b. you saw someone else's post that you think is worth sharing.

(I have been thinking for a while about creating a mgsff round-up icon; this is my first attempt.  I think the nose cone/tower roof needs to be more defined).

The Reviews:

The Battles of Ben Kingdom:  The Claws of Evil, by Andrew Beasley,  at Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books

Beswitched, by Kate Saunders, at alibrarymama

The Cabinet of Earths, by Anne Nesbet, at Kristen Evey

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles de Lint, at Tor, Fantasy Literature, and BooksYALove

The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper, at Sonderbooks

Dark Lord: The Early Years, by Jamie Thomson, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Dead Kid Detective Agency, by Evan Munday, at That's Another Story

Deadweather and Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg), by Geoff Rodkey, at GreenBeanTeenQueen and Akossiwa Ketoglo

Dragonsong, by Anne McCaffrey, at alibrarymama

Emily Knight I am..., by A. Bello, at Fantastic Reads 

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Fellowship For Alien Detection, by Kevin Emerson, at Candace's Book Blog 

Freaks, by Keiran Larwood, at Charlotte's Library

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, by Mike Jung, at Finding Wonderland 

George's Secret Key to the Universe, by Stephen and Lucy Hawking, at Maria's Melange 

Icefall, by Matthew J. Kirby, at Mister K Reads

The Little Secret, by Kate Saunders, at Beyond Books

The Runaway King, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Ms.. Yingling Reads, Finding Wonderland, Book Nut, Small Review, Charlotte's Library, and In Bed With Books

A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia (giveaway)

Unlocking the Spell, by E.D. Baker, at Charlotte's Library

W.A.R.P.:  The Reluctant Assassin, by Eoin Colfer, at Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, at Postcards From La-La Land 

and at Tales of the Marvelous, at look at the first three Oz books

Authors and Illustrators

Illustrator Erin McGuire on creating the cover art for Anne Ursu's new book (The Real Boy) at Nerdy Book Club

Frances Hardinge (A Face Like Glass) at Tor

Anna Staniewski (My Epic Fairy Tale Fail) at Literary Rambles 

Robin LaFevers (Nathaniel Flood--Beastologist series, Theodosia series)--
"The Play's The Thing," at Writer Unboxed

The Chronicles of Egg is on tour--here are the stops

Kit Grindstaff (The Flame in the Mist) at Corsets, Cutlesses, and Candlesticks

Other Things of Interest

Not middle grade, but of interest (especially for those of us looking to expand our age ranges, reading-wise)--the James Tiptree Jr. Award winners have been announced!

The SLJ's Battle of the Kids Book's is about to begin, with three mg sff contenders--Starry River of the Sky, Splendors and Glooms, and The One and Only Ivan.  Of these three, my favorite is Starry River....The Undead Poll (where readers can vote for a book that was eliminated early to rise from the dead and fight in the final round) closes tomorrow.


  1. Ah!! So excited to see the cover for The Real Boy! I hadn't seen it elsewhere yet. Loved Breadcrumbs so much, really looking forward to reading Ursu's next book.

    1. Me too! Her pre-Breadcrumbs series, about kids confronting Greek mythology, is very good too; the first one is called The Shadow Thieves.

  2. The Runaway King sure is making the rounds.

    1. It was a very nice little gathering of us, wasn't it? All favorite bloggers of mine!

  3. Hello there... thanks for all the links to follow! Please put my student blog on your radar. They've been busy writing reviews and many fall into the fantasy and science fiction genre. We'll add a link to your blog on our blog roll!


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