This week's Middle Grade Fantasy and Science Fiction round-up (6/16/13)

I think this might be the most reviews I have ever rounded-up!  I was particularly diligent/obsessed in my hunting this week, because it seemed like I might be able to make a dream come true--a review for every letter of the alphabet.  Sadly, no Y review ever materialized, and I wasn't able to get a hold of a Y book in time, so I am saving my precious X review for another week....

Please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews:

The Apprentices, by Maile Meloy, at Charlotte's Library and A Reader of Fictions

The Borrowers, by Mary Norton, at Tor

Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets, by Malia Ann Haberman, at Im's Book Shelf

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, at Charlotte's Library

City of Lies, by Lian Tanner, at The BiblioSanctum (audiobook review)

The Clockwork Three, by Matthew Kirby, at Sylvia Liu Land

Counterclockwise, by Jason Cockcroft, at Time Travel Times Two

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, and Lace and Fog Autheress and Reading Rumpus Book Reviews 

The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at New, Borrowed, Used 

Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, at Fuse #8 

The Girl Behind the Glass, by Jane Kelley, at Kiss the Book

The Glitter Trap, by Barbara Brauner, at Small Review

Handbook For Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell, at Bibliophilic Monologues

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, at Cari's Book Blog (audiobook)

The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, by Christopher Healy, at Lori Calabrese Writes!

The Hidden Gallery, by Maryrose Wood, at Sonderbooks

Hit the Road, Helen (Myth-o-mania#9), by Kate McMullen, at Ms. Yingling Reads 

Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Karissa's Reading Review (audiobook)

The Ifs, by J.D. Pooker, at Sapphyria's Book Review (there's a large excerpt, and then the review)

In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Infinity Ring series, books 1 and 2, at Great Books for Kids and Teens

Island of the Aunts, by Eva Ibbotson, at Here There Be Books

Jinx, by Sage Blackwood, at alibrarymama  and Kid Lit Geek

Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger, at Fiction Freak

The Key and the Flame, by Claire Caterer, at Book Nut

Larklight, by Phillip Reeve, at alibrarymama (audiobook)

Loki's Wolves, by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr, at On the Nightstand

The Lost Heir, by Tui T. Sutherland, at Challenging the Bookworm

Lupus Rex, by John Carter Cash, at Tor

Mirage, by Jenn Reese, at The Book Smugglers

My Very Unfairy Tale Life, by Anna Staniszewski, at Michelle I. Mason  (giveaway)

New Lands, by Geoff Rodkey, at Easy as Pie

North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at Staircase Wit

Pi in the Sky, by Wendy Mass, at Pub Writes

The Planet Thieves, by Dan Krokos, at Watchamacalit Reviews

The Quirks: Welcome to Normal, by Erin Soderberg, at Secrets and Sharing Soda

The Raven Mysteries series, by Marcus Sedgewick, at Wondrous Reads

Remarkable, by Lizzie K. Foley, at Temre Beltz 

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Trafton, at The Book Smugglers

Saranormal, books 6 and 7 (Giving Up the Ghost and The Secrets Within), by Phoebe Rivers, at Charlotte's Library

Shadow Breakers, by Daniel Blythe, at Books Beside My Bed

Shadow Chaser, by Jerel Law, at The Write Path

The Suburb Beyond the Stars, by M.T. Anderson, at An Obsolete Child

Summerkin, by Sarah Prineas, at Charlotte's Library

The Trouble with Toads, by Danyelle Leafty, at Sher A Hart 

Tunnels, by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, at Log Cabin Library

Unlocking the Spell, by ED Baker, at  Sharon the Librarian

The Unseen Guest, by Maryrose Wood, at Sonderbooks

Verdigris Deep, by Frances Hardinge, at things mean a lot

The Wells Bequest, by Polly Shulman, at Ms. Yingling Reads and A Reader of Fictions

What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World, by Henry Clark, at For Those About to Mock

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop, by Kate Saunders, at books4yourkids

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle, at Book Nut (audiobook)

Zombie Mommy, M.T. Anderson, at Sticky Books

Four reviewlets at Random Musings of a Bibliophile--In a Glass Grimmly, Rump, Tilly's Moonlight Garden, and The Vengekeep Prophecies.

Authors and Interviews

Marissa Burt (Story's End) at Literary Rambles (giveaway)

Melanie Crowder (Parched) at Smack Dab in the Middle

Philip Reeve (writing about gender and romance in fantasy) at Cynsations

Mary G. Thompson (Escape From the Pipe Men) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Dan Krokos (The Planet Thieves) at My Shelf Confessions

Mikey Brooks (The Dream Keeper) at Shirley Bahlmann Biz

Kelly Light (on illustrating The Quirks) at inkygirl

Barry Wolverton (Neversink) at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Andrea Offermanm (illustrator of many middle grade covers, as well as picture books) at Writing and Illustrating

Other Good Stuff

A nice list of mermaid books for girls, at Readatouille

Scholastic is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the year Harry Potter arrived in the US, and the forthcoming paperbacks with Kazu Kibuishi covers.  Plan a Harry Potter Celebration for you library, and be entered to win a party prize pack.  Here's more information.

And just because I think its a Good Thing, here's something cool from io9--how ordinary people can become citizen scientists.

And finally, if you want to come play with me at this year's US Discworld convention, the conference hotel rate has been extended until June 19th....

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