This week's round-up of Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction postings from around the blogs

Next week will be the 200th MG SFF round-up post!  I will try to make it Special in some way... In the meantime, if I missed your post this week (and there were some open tabs on my computer that were closed by certain younger persons in my house, so I might well have) let me know!

The Reviews:

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, by Terry Pratchett, at The Book Smugglers

Exile, by Shannon Messenger, at Book Nut

Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit, at Fantasy Literature

Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamilllo, at Books of Wonder and Wisdom, books 4yourkids, and Book-a-day Almanac

The Ghost Prison, by Joseph Delaney, at In Bed With Books

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Let the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente, at A Reader of Fictions

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, by Catherynne M. Valente, at A Reader of Fictions, The Book Monsters, and Good Books and Good Wine

Guys Read: Other Worlds, edited by Jon Scieszka, at A Reader of Fictions

The Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

House of Hades, by Rick Riordan, at What a Nerd Girl Says and there are doubtless tons of other, which perhaps you can find for yourself it you are interested :)

How to Catch a Bogle, by Catherine Jinks, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at alibarymama

The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde, at Challenging the Bookworm and Becky's Book Reviews

Listening for Lucca, by Suzanne LaFleur, at The Children's War

The Lost Kingdom, by Matthew J. Kirby, at The Last Entwife

The Magic Half, by Annie Barrows, at Hope is the Word

Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carson, at The Book Smugglers

The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield, by John Bemelmans Marciano, at Librarian of Snark

The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald, at Views from the Tesseract

The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at The Book Smugglers, books4yourkids, The Book Monsters,  Bookyurt, and The Brain Lair

The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson, at Charlotte's Library

The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at She Has Left the Room

The Strangers (Books of Elsewhere 4), by Jacqueline West, at Charlotte's Library

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Twighlight Robbery, aka Fly Trap, by Frances Hardinge, at Things Mean a Lot

Wake Up Missing, by Kate Messner, at Next Best Book

The Witch's Guide to Cooking With Children, by Keith McGowan, at Charlotte's Library

Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series review, at Bunbury in the Stacks

Authors and Interviews

Anna Staniszewski (My Epic Fairytale Fail) at Katie L. Carroll

Frances Sackett (The Misadventures of the Magician's Dog) at Paperback Writer Blog

Other Good Stuff:

At Teen Librarian Toolbox, you can find tips for turning your library into Lovecraft Middle School (a series by Charles Gilman)

Three recommended speculative fiction series-es at Project Mayhem

Found at Educating Alice--help Jonathan Stroud write a Halloween story, with the characters from Lockwood and Co.!

A post about Other Worlds at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles (the first of three)

The Cybils nomination period closes on Tuesday--I have several lists of books for those who haven't yet nominated in Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, the most recent of which is this list of books that look interesting to me

And just another reminder that Kidlitcon is on in Austin Veterans Day weekend.  I have my Insiders Guide: Austin 2009 guidebook in hand, and am busily reading such gems as  "One startling statistic is that the Austin labor force increased 44 percent in the decade from 1980 to 1990" (page 5) and the fact that the Austin airport has "two runways (as opposed to one)" (page 31).   I have also learned that the residents of Austin are "hardworking."  I'm arriving Thursday and staying over Sunday, and plan to visit the Zilker Botanical Garden (the image below is from their Prehistoric Garden) and as many used book stores as I can find (suggestions welcomed!)


  1. hey, you're coming to Austin! Yay! I recognized the park from the photo (that section is one of my favorite parts of the park). Hope you enjoy! I'd recommend some things to do in Austin, but I'm more familiar with north of Austin. Hope you enjoy Kidlitcon! I was hoping to making it out this year, but *sigh* life got in the way. Are you going to recap the event? I'm definitely interested :)

    1. Oh, rats that you can't be there. I will recap to the best of my ability, which is questionable...even when I try to take notes, mostly I just end up with a page of doddles....

  2. Looking forward to your Kidlitcon recap, and thanks for the links.

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my review of House of Hades :) You are WAY awesome :)

    1. You're welcome! It's the first and only review I looked at; I want to read it myself before reading any more :)


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