This Week's Middle Grade Sci Fi/Fantasy Round-up (6/23/13)

 Welcome to another week of middle grade sci fi/fantasy fun (and yes, there are no less than three sci fi books represented this week!).  Please let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews

The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, at Book Nut

The Apprentices, by Maile Meloy, at Speculating on SpecFic

The Bell Between Worlds, by Ian Johnston, at From the Writer's Nest

Bigger Than a Bread Box, by Laurel Snyder, at That's Another Story

The Brixen Witch, by Stacy DeKeyser, at Reading Rumpus Book Reviews 

Claws, by Mike and Rachel Grinti, at crunchings and munchings

The Cup and the Crown, by Diane Stanley, at Sonderbooks

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Abby the Librarian 

Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, at Don't Be Afraid of the Dork

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Jalyn Reads

The Fellowship for Alien Detection, by Kevin Emerson, at Bluerose's Heart

Frogged, by Vivian Vande Velde, at Book Trends

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, by Mary Downing Hahn, at Ex Libris

Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander, at In the Forgotten Realm

Goulish Song, by William Alexander, at The Book Monsters

Haunters, by Thomas Taylor, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, at A Word's Worth 

The Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire 3), by Tui T. Sutherland, at Charlotte's Library

Horton's Miraculous Mechanisms, by Lissa Evans, at Sonderbooks

In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz, at Michelle I. Mason

In Search of Goliathus Hercules, by Jennifer Angus, at Sharon the Librarian

Jack Templar, Monster Hunter, by Jeff Gunhus, at Sher A Hart (review at the end)

Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger, at Dark Faerie Tales

King of Shadows, by Susan Cooper, at Reads for Keeps

The Last of the Dragons, by A. de Quincey, discussed by Lucy Coates at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Dark Faerie Tales

Odessa Again, by Dana Reinhardt, at Jen Robinson's Book Page

Once Upon the End, by James Riley, at Shannon Messenger

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at Mister K Reads

The Planet Thieves, by Dan Krokos, at BookYAReview, Alice Marvels, Charlotte's Library, and Books In Bloom

The Reluctant Assassin, by Eoin Colfer, at Bookfever and Paranormal Sisters

Rump, by Liesl Shutliff, at Deb A. Marshall

The Runaway King, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Kid Lit Geek

Runemarks, by Joanne Harris, at Great Imaginations 

Sidekicked, by John David Anderson, at Charlotte's Library

Storybound, by Marissa Burt, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

The Throne of Fire, by Rick Riordan, at Fyrefly's Book Blog 

Wednesdays in the Tower, by Jessica Day George, at Librarian of Snark

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, by Alan Garner, at Fantasy Literature

The Wells Bequest, by Polly Shulman, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile and Charlotte's Library

The Wimpy Vampire Strikes Back, by Tim Collins, at Wondrous Reads

The Vengkeep Prophecies, by Brian Farrey, at Kid Lit Geek 

Zombie Mommie, by M.T. Anderson, at Confessions of a Bibliovore

Authors and Interviews (last week there were so many; this week not so much)

Malia Ann Haberman (Chase Tinker and the House of Magic) at somewhere in the middle

Other Good Stuff

The shortlists for 2013 Scottish Children's Book Awards were announced last week, and the books in the 8-11 year old category are all fantasy/sci fi, and look appealing as all get out (found at Waking Brain Cells):

Accidental Time Traveller cover Black Tide cover Really Weird Removals cover
The Accidental Time Traveller by Janis Mackay
Black Tide by Caroline Clough
Really Weird Removals.com by Daniela Sacerdoti

Here's me looking at diversity in MG sci fi/fantasy so far this year, with help from authors and commenters.

Elizabeth Wein's top ten dynamic duos in fiction, at The Guardian

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