Welcome to the 198th round up of Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs. I had the idea for it at Kidlitcon four years and a month ago...and it has become a cornerstone of my blog. The point of this is that Kidlitcon is a great place to go and get ideas and come back all enthusiastic, it really is, and I am going, and I would like lots to see you all there too!
As ever, please let me know if I missed your post!
The Abominables, by Eva Ibbotson, at Sharon the Librarian
Cave of Wonders (Infinity Ring), by Matthew J. Kirby, at Charlotte's Library
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey, by Jane Yolen, at Don't Forget the Avocados
Dealing With Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede, at Children's Books and Reviews
Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Middle Grade Mafioso and Tales of the Marvelous
Eight Days of Luke, by Diana Wynne Jones, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia
Evertaster: The Buttersmith's Gold, by Adam Glendon Sidwell, at S.A. Larsen
Exile, by Shannon Messenger, at In Bed With Books
and YA Book Queen
Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, at Waking Brain Cells
Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman, at Manga Maniac Cafe
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Fyrefly's Book Blog
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Sturdy for Common Things
The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, at The Reader's Patch
How to Catch a Bogle, by Catherine Jinks, at Charlotte's Library
The Misadventures of the Magician's Dog, by Frances Sackett, at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler, at Becky's Book Reviews
Odessa, Again, by Dana Reinhardt, at Time Travel Times Two
Other Worlds (Guys Read), edited by Jon Scieszka, at Views from the Tesseract
and The Write Path
The Planet Thieves, by Dan Krokos, at Nerdophiles
A Question of Magic, by E.D. Baker, at On Starships and Dragonwings and Books of Wonder and Wisdom
The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at Maria's Melange, The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow, Lynne's Book Notes, and There's a Book
Rose, by Holly Webb, at Wands and Worlds
The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at Sonderbooks
The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, by Nikki Loftin, at Akossiwa Ketoglo
Skyjumpers, by Peggy Eddleman, at In Bed With Books
Starbounders, Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobsen, at Ms. Yingling Reads
The Time Fetch, by Amy Herrick, at Puss Reboots
What Came From the Stars, by Gary Schmidt, at CSL Children's Department Blog
Wild Born (Spirit Animals), by Brandon Mull, at Getting Kids Reading
Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi, at Teen Librarian's Toolbox
An abundance of books, Part 2, including The Borrowers and Tuck Everlasting, at Things Mean a Lot
Authors and Interviews
(if you're a publicist or author with a relevant book tour, feel free to send me the link to a page with the list of all the stops!)
Artwork reveal and giveaway for The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at Bunbury in the Stacks and an interview/review at Word Spelunking
L.J. Clarkson (The Silver Strand) at SA Larsen
Frances Sackett (The Misadventures of the Magician's Dog) at Kid Lit Frenzy
Other Good Stuff
The Enchanted Inkpot offers one of its wonderful galleries of cover art featuring fall middle grade books here and here.
At Views from the Tesseract. a Tuesday Ten of Unicorns
The True Meaning of Smekday, one of the first crop of Cybils finalists, is coming to the big screen
Keilin Huang, Marketing & Publicity Assistant, and Hannah Ehrlich, Marketing & Publicity Manager at Lee and Low are over at DiversifYA in a two part interview (here's part 1)
And speaking of which, A More Diverse Universe blog celebration returns November 15-17--head to this post at Book Lust for more information, and to sign up.
Here are the Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction books nominated for the Cybils so far. If you haven't nominated yet, you could visit my lists of EMG SF books reviewed in Kirkus and SLJ during the eligibility period (Oct 16, 2013 through Oct 15, 2013), where you will fine many fine, at yet un-nominated, books.
Venetian plague doctor. If anyone has any beak advice I'd welcome it--I'm thinking chicken wire and paper mache, but want to make sure I end up with a beak that has Wearability, because there's a costume contest at school...