This week's round-up of Middle Grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (1/19/14)

It's a rather nice little round-up this week--thanks, you all.  But maybe it could be even better- let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

The Abominables, by Eva Ibbotson, at Children's Book-a-Day Almanac

Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea, by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin, at The Book Monsters

Atlantis Rising, by T.A.  Barron,  at The Book Monsters

Code Name 711 (Double Vision), by F.T. Bradley, at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Frogged, by Vivian Vande Velde, at Tales of the Marvelous

The Ice Dragon, by George Martin, at Manga Maniac Cafe

The Interrupted Tale, by Maryrose Wood, at A Reader of Fictions

The Jupiter Pirates: The Hunt for the Hydra, by Jason Fry, at Views From the Tesseract

Lockwood and Co.: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at Fantasy Book Critic

Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris, by Marissa Moss, at Next Best Book

Moonkind, by Sarah Prineas, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

New Lands, by Geoff Rodkey, at Carstairs Considers

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at Sharon the Librarian and Giraffe Days

Pi in the Sky, by Wendy Mass, at The Book Monsters

Risked, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Rose, by Holly Webb, at alibrarymama

Rose and the Lost Princess, by Holly Webb, at Charlotte's Library, with bonus short list of "magical servant" books

The School For Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Pretty in Fiction and Readingrat's

The Secret of Platform 13, by Eva Ibbotson, at Iris on Books

Spirits of the Sun (Diego's Dragon, Book 1), by Kevin Gerard, at Kid Lit Reviews

Thor, Viking God of Thunder, by Graeme Davis, at Fantasy Literature

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt, at Kid Lit Geek

What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World, by Henry Clark, at Books For Boys

William and Mary, by Penelope Farmer, at Charlotte's Library

Winter of the Robots, by Kurtis Scaletta,  at Ms. Yingling Reads

Authors and Interviews

Kate Messner (Wake Up Missing) at Cuppa Jolie

Justin Swap (The Magic Shop) at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Eden Unger Bowdish (The Atomic Weight of Secrets) at In High Spirits

Kristin Pulioff (Princess Madeline and the Dragon) at Books Direct

Other Good Stuff

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for this year's Edgar Awards--I was pleased to see The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, on the list.  

The line-up for School Library Journal's Battle of the Books has been announced, with a number of fine mg spec books represented! 

Laurisa White Reyes talks about finding female in middle grade fantasy at Ellie Rollins

I enjoy Stephanie's Tuesday Tens very much--this week at Views from the Tesseract she looks at sisters in fantasy and sci fi books.

Multicultural Children's Book Day is coming on Jan. 27--more at The Nerdy Book Club

At books4yourkids there are two great posts about Greek mythology--one listing reference and non-fiction books, and one on fiction, from chapter books to YA.

Pat Rothfuss' fundraiser for Heifer International-- Worldbuilders-- ends in 12 days; there are many fine books that donors can win, including these lovelies for us readers of younger books.


  1. Lovely roundup as always! I'm off to check out the Edgar nominees (so glad to see that Lockwood & Co. was recognized!). Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

  2. I loved the Edgar nominee list - so many good books! (And we recognized Lockwood & Co. first!)


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