This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi/fantasy from around the blogs, with bonus rabbits wearing egg costumes

Welcome to this week's round-up of middle grade (ages 9-12 ish) fantasy and science from around the blogs! Please let me know if I missed your link.

The Reviews

The Cabinet of Earths, by Anne Nesbet, at alibrarymama 

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles de Lint, at Reading to Know

The Colossus Rises, by Peter Lerangis, at Bobs Books Blog

The Dead Gentleman, by Matthew Cody, at Books for Boys 

Dragonsinger, by Anne McCaffrey, at alibrarymama (audiobook review)

Dust Girl, by Sarah Zettel, at Charlotte's Library (arguablyl more YA, but if I don't put it in I would have anything this week....)

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Writer of Wrongs 

The Frog Who Croaked (Platypus Police Squad) at Fuse #8 (more a sneak preview than a review, but still.)

Gabriel Stone and the Divinity of Valta, by Shannon Duffy, at So I'm Fifty 

The House of Many Ways, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Fighting Dreamer

House of Secrets, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, at Scott Reads It

In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz, at The Book Monsters

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

Jinx, by Sage Blackwood, at Book Nut, Random Musings of a Bibliophile, and Waking Brain Cells

Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger, at Writer's Alley

The Legend Thief, by E.J. Patten, at My Precious

Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb, by Ally Malinenko, at Middle Grade Ninja

The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan, at Good Books and Good Wine (audiobook review)

The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell, at alibrarymama

Rat Runners, by Oisin McGann, at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books 

The Runaway King, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Jen Robinson's Book Page  and The Book Monsters 

Return to the Willows, by Jacqueline Kelly, at Reads for Keeps

The Savage Fortress, by Sarwat Chadda, at Guys Lit Wire 

The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Bound by Words 

The Secret War, by Matt Myklusch, at BooksYALove
and Bookworm Blather

The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere 1), by Jacqueline West, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

The Silver Door, by Emily Rodda, at The Write Path

A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff, at Nerdy Book Club

"They Might Be Dangerous," a short story by Kate Messner, at Maria's Melange

The Treekeepers, by Susan McGee Britton,  at The Write Stuff

The Water Castle, by Megan Frazer, at Kid Lit Geek

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop, by Kate Saunders,  at Bookin' with Bingo 

Authors and Interviews

Stephanie Burgis (Stolen Magic) writes about being caught in the middle of the conflict between Simon and Schuster and Barnes and Noble.  (Dueling Magics, a short story set in the world of Kat, Incorrigible, is available for free at Smashworlds)

Luciano Storti (the music maestro from the trailer for The School of Good and Evil) at the website for the book

More Good Stuff

If you enjoy drooling over middle grade speculative fiction, here are two posts rounding up all the new and recent covers  at the Enchanted Inkpot:  one and two 

Lovely illustrations of the creatures and plants from the world of Tankborn, and its new sequel, Awakening, by Karen Sandler

A round-up of mg and ya books drawing on Greek mythology at books4yourkids

At Kirkus--"More Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Kids Should Be Reading In School."   I can't remember ever reading any sci fi or fantasy in school....

Not directly mg sff relevant, but I'm giving away a copy of Writing Children's Books For Dummies (very helpful) and it ends tomorrow.


  1. Thanks for all the awesome links. Hope you have a great day!

  2. I wrote a post this week about Kate Messner's science fiction short story "They Might Be Dangerous" and some related materials (the story is about aliens)


  3. I guess I'm lucky: I read most of those SFF books on Kirkus' list in school. I wish that Kirkus could've expanded on their list to include not just the most commonly assigned SFF books as well, though. Would've loved to read about what other teachers have been assigning their kids to read in terms of SFF!

  4. huh, I've actually read a lot of those books on Kirkus's list, and in school no less! And to think, I was originally going to post that the only SFF book I read in school was The White Mountains by John Christopher. Guess that one just left a particularly strong impression.

  5. I love that you do this! :) Will have to check out many links this week. :)


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