Another week, another round-up! Let me know if I missed your post!
Back to Blackbrick, by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, at The Book Monsters
Bliss, by Kathryn Littlewood, at A Reader of Fictions
The Bridge to Never Land, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, at Carstairs Considers
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, by Claire Legrand, at Beyond Books
The Creature Department, by Robert Paul Weston, at Reading is Fun Again
The Dragon's Boy, by Jane Yolen, at Sharon the Librarian
The Drowned Vault, by N.D. Wilson, at 300 Pages
Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull, at Book Nut
Falling In, by Frances O'Roark Dowell, at Book Banshee Reviews
Ghost Hawk, by Susan Cooper, at So I'm Fifty
The Grimm Conclusion, by Adam Gidwitz, at One Great Book
How To Catch a Bogle, by Catherine Jinks, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia
Jinx's Magic, by Sage Blackwood, at Waking Brain Cells and Charlotte's Library
The Lives of Christopher Chant, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Tales of the Marvelous
Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carson, at Nayu's Reading Corner
The Misadventures of the Magician's Dog, by Frances Sackett, at Charlotte's Library
North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler, at The Ninja Librarian
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at The Reading Nook Reviews
The Path of Names, by Ari B. Goelman, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Peaceweaver, by Rebecca Barnhouse, at Not Acting My Age
Rose, by Holly Webb, at Geo Librarian
Secrets of the Terra Cotta Soldier, by Ying Chang Compestine and Vinsonat Compestine, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Skellig, by David Almond, at Bookshelves of Doom
The Storm Makers, by Jennifer E. Smith, at Mister K Reads
Taylor Davis and the Clash of Kingdoms, by Michelle Isenhoff, at This Kid Reviews Books
The Third Door, by Emily Rodda, at Charlotte's Library
Whatever After: Fairest of All, by Sarah Mlynowski, at The Reader's Perch
When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snickett, at The Book Monsters
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin, at Here There Be Books
Authors and Interviews
Karen Foxlee (Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy) at The Reading Nook Reviews
Other Good Stuff
Project Mayhem pays tribute to Eva Ibbotson
EMG SF Cybils panelists reflect on books they loved that didn't end up on the shortlist, at Views from the Tesseract,
Anyone who wants to add to their list of MG fantasy and sci fi to look forward to is advised to check out this list at Views From the Tesseract.
And a quick shout out to Mother Daughter Book Reviews, where there's a new weekly round-up of kidlit, where I found several of the links above.
Not middle grade, but I want to put the link where I might find it again:
Last year I vowed to read more sci fi/fantasy for grown-ups....and that kind of turned into reading all of Discworld and not much else. This year I will try again, with the help of the List of Awesome from Io9 of "All the Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming in 2014."
A lot of us wring our hands about diversity in sci fi/fantasy books and fandoms; author and director Balogun is doing something about it. He's organizing a symposium this spring in Atlanta --"a full day of Black speculative fiction workshops, performances, art, games, contests and vending – all for our youth." More (somewhat preliminary) information here at Chronicles of Harriet.
Finally--Story Time from Space!
"Story Time From Space, with support from CASIS, will send children’s books & demonstrations to the International Space Station.
While in space, astronauts will videotape themselves reading books to the children of Earth.
The videos will be edited and placed in the Story Time From Space library. The library will be housed here on the Story Time From Space website.
Astronauts on the ISS will also conduct and videotape educational demonstrations to complement the science concepts in the Story Time From Space books."