This week's round-up of Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy from around the blogs (11/3/13)

I myself read less than usual this week, what with beak-making and obsessive Candy Crush playing (it is so sad that one of the things that causes me to rise lark-like from my bed each morning is the five new lives), but in event, here's what I found this week (and please let me know if I missed anything!).

The Reviews

Aesop's Secret, by Claudia White, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Alanna: the First Adventure, by Tamora Pierce, at Librarian of Snark

Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea, by Lisa and Valerie Martin, at Jean Little Library

Blue Moon, by James Ponti, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles de Lint, at That's Another Story

City of Death, by Sarwat Chadda, at In Bed With Books

City of Fire, by Laurence Yep, at Here There Be Books

Constable and Toop, by Gareth P. Jones, at Jean Little Library

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at The Writer's Nest and Kid Lit Geek

Ever After High, by Shannon Hale, at Sonderbooks

Fallout, by Todd Strasser, at A Patchwork of Books

A Grimm Conclusion, by Adam Gidwitz, at Book Nut

The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore, by Kate Maddison, at Bookyurt

Johnny and the Dead, by Terry Pratchett, at Views from the Tesseract

The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde, at Leaf's Reviews

The Last Enchanter, by Laurisa White Reyes, at Sharon the Librarian (giveaway)

Mickey Price-Journey to Oblivion, by John P. Stanley, at The Write Path

The Mysterious Howling, by Maryrose Wood, at A Reader of Fictions and Bunbury in the Stacks (audiobook reviews)

The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root, by Christopher Pennell, at The Book Monsters

Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, at Not Acting My Age

Rules For Ghosting, by A.J. Paquette, at Random Musings of  Bibliophile

The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Into the Hall of Books

The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at Ms. Yingling Reads and From the Writer's Nest

Seed Savers: Treasure, by S. Smith, at Mother Daughter Book Reviews

The String Quartet, by Dan Hupalo, at Becky's Book Reviews

Villains Rising, by Jeramey Kraatz, at Charlotte's Library

The Wells Bequest, by Polly Shulman, at Dead Houseplants and Ex Libris

Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket, at The Novel Hermit

The Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer, at Sharon the Librarian (audiobook review)

The Year of Shadows, by Claire LeGrand, at Slatebreakers

At Reading is Fun Again, a look at Adam Gidwitz's Grimm series

I also reviewed Sorrow's Knot, by Erin Bow, here, and Brandy reviewed it this week too at Random Musings of a Bibliophile, and though I'm not going to try to call it a middle grade book, I think there are many upper middle grade readers (11 and 12 ish) who would love it.

Authors and Interviews

Greg Van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World) at Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Kids

Charles Gilman (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School) at Alternative Magazine Online

Other Good Stuff

At Rinn Reads, it is science fiction month, and here is the jam-packed schedule of contributors, including a post at Maria's Melange on how sci fi benefits young minds.

A brilliant list of books to read if you want something Percy Jackson-esque, at Fat Girl Reading

And a list of ten creepy stories at Views from the Tesseract

At Stacked I found a link to pictures of literary Halloween costumes for pets; this Scarlet O'Hara pug was my favorite:


  1. I also did Cybil-nominee Anton and Cecil cats at sea http://jeanlittlelibrary.blogspot.com/2013/11/anton-and-cecil-cats-at-sea-by-lisa-and.html

  2. I'm reading several of the books on this list . . .


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