This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science from around the blogs (9/22/13)

Here's what I found in my leisurely perusal of/obsessive combing through the internets that's of interest to us fans of speculative fiction for kids!  Please let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews:

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, by Chris Kurtz, at Between These Pages

The Black Cauldron, by Lloyd Alexander, at Tor

The Clockwork Three, by Matthew Kirby, at J.S. Webster Mind Voyages

Curse of the Broomstaff, by Tyler Whitesides, at Geo Librarian and LDS Women's Book Review

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Never Ending Story

The Dream Catcher, by Monica Hughes, at Views from the Tesseract

Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, at Stray Thoughts

Frogged, by Vivian Vende Velde, at Sharon the Librarian

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, at YA Asylum

Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault, by Adam-Troy Castro, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

Hollow Earth, by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman, at Book Nut

How I Became a Ghost, by Tim Tingle, at Charlotte's Library

The Invisible Tower, by Nils Johnson-Shelton, at Book Twirps

Invitation to the Game, by Monica Hughes, at Retro Reads

Island of Silence (The Unwanteds Book 3), by Lisa McMann, at Xander's Middle-Grade Book Reviews

Janitors (series reviews), by Tyler Whitesides, at Julie Coulter Bellon

Joshua Dread, and its sequel, The Nameless Hero, by Lee Bacon, at Random Acts of Reading

The King's Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table), by Cheryl Carpinello  at Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carlson, at Librarian of Snark

The Magic Thief series, by Sarah Prineas, at Bibliophilic Monologues

The Monster in the Mudball, by S.P. Gates, at Middle Grade Ninja and All the World's In Words

Mousemobile, by Prudence Breitrose, at Sharon the Librarian

No Passengers Beyond This Point, by Gennifer Choldenko, at Next Best Book

Other Worlds (Guys Read), edited by Jon Scieszka, at Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader and Maria's Melange

Persephone the Daring (Godess Girls), by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, at  The Children's Book Review

Peter Pan in Scarlet, by Geraldine McCaughrean, at The Cheap Reader

The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at Bookalicious, Ms. Martin Teaches Media, and Ms. Yingling Reads

The Rock of Ivanore, by Laurisa White Reyes, at Sharon the Librarian

Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell, at Bookyurt

The Ruby Key, by Holly Lisle, at Pages Unbound

The School For Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Feminist Fairy Tales

The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at Book Yurt and Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Shadow on the Dial, by Anne Lindbergh, at Charlotte's Library

Sky Jumpers, by Peggy Eddleman,  at Akossiwa Ketoglo, Kid Lit Frenzy, Michelle Devon, and The Haunting of Orchid Forstythia

The Time Fetch, by Amy Herrick, at In Bed With Books

Wake Up Missing, by Kate Messner, at Wandering Librarians and The Write Path

The Watcher in the Shadows, by Chris Moriarty, at Good Books and Good Wine

Wild Born (Spirit Animals 1), by Brandon Mull, at Geo Librarian and Charlotte's Library

You Can't Have My Planet, But Take My Brother, Please! by James Mihaley, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Zoe and Zack and the Ghost Leopard, by Lars Guignard, at My Guilty Obsession (audiobook review)

More than Reviews

"Moral Ambiguity in Percy Jackson and the Olympians" at Tor

"The Economy as Villain in The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand" at Teen Librarian Toolbox

Revisiting Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series, at Tales of the Marvelous

Authors and Art and Interviews

Oliver and the Seawigs, by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre--The Thurlestone art and story,  at Wondrous Reads

Kathi Appelt (True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp) at Through the Wardrobe

Holly Webb (Rose) at Hidden in Pages and Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

Shannon Hale, on writing a story for Other Worlds, the latest installment of Guys Read

Sharon Ledwith (The Last Timekeepers) at Carpinello's Writing Pages

H.B. Bolton (The Serpent's Ring) at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Bobbi Miller (Big River's Daughter) at Smack Dab in the Middle

Other Good Stuff

Ten fantasy/sci fi books for kids set in New York, at Views from the Tesseract

Ten Titanic time travel tales, at Time Travel Times Two

Not MG SFF, but great fun none the less--blogging advice from L.M. Montgomery at Becky's Book Reviews

For those of you who hadn't noticed the number of space stories for kids is on the up-tick, the Guardian says this is so (but without giving many examples...)

"Disenchanting the Fairy Godmother" at The Book Wars

SCBWI creates an award for Kid Lit published non-traditionally

The call for program proposals for the 7th Annual KidLitCon (Austin, Texas, November 8-9) has gone out!  I am going to be there, and I hope you are too.  If you have never been to a KidLitCon, it is a wonderful thing to be in the company of so many like-minded folks.

I am thinking of putting a proposal together for a session on the challenges and opportunities of blogging about middle grade books, that would be heavy on audience participation (more brainstorming and sharing than two or three people doing all the talking).  If this sounds like a good idea, I would love collaborators--please let me know at charlotteslib at gmail dot com.

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