This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (1/26/14)

Welcome to another week of middle grade sci fi/fantasy blog post rounding-up; please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews:

Bigger Than a Bread Box, by Laurel Snyder, at Jen Robinson's Book Page

Dead City, by James Ponti, at Charlotte's Library

Diego's Dragon Book 1: Spirits of the Sun, by Kevin Gerard, at Sharon the Librarian

Dragon Defender, by J.A. Blackburn, at When I Grow Up, I Wanna Write a Kid's Book

The Escape of Princess Madeline, by Kristin Pulioff, at When I Grow Up, I Wanna Write a Kid's Book

Fallout, by Todd Strasser, at Next Best Book

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Laurisa White Reyes

Fireborn, by Toby Forward, at Charlotte's Library

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Fantasy Literature

How To Make Friends and Monsters, by Ron Bates, at The Book Monsters

Hunted (Spirit Animals 2), by Maggie Stiefvater, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

Jordan and the Dreadful Golem, by Karen Goldman, at This Kid Reviews Books

Joshua Dread, by Lee Bacon, at Ms.Yingling Reads

The Last Present, by Wendy Mass, at Book Nut

Nightingale's Nest, by Nikki Loftin, at Views From the Tesseract

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at Librarian of Snark, Ex LibrisWondrous Reads, and Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Quantum League 1: Spell Robbers, by Matthew J.  Kirby, at Jen Robinson's Book Page

The Sandman and the War of Dreams, by William Joyce, at Back to Books

The School For Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, guest review by a young reviewer at Teen Librarian's Toolbox

The Serpent's Ring, by H.B. Bolton, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Seven Stories Up, by Laurel Snyder, at Slatebrakers and Rosanne Parry

Song of the Mountain, by Michelle Isenhoff, at The Book Monsters

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd, at School Library Journal

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt, at Reads for Keeps

Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at Ciao Bella

The Water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore, at The Write Path

Winterling, and its sequel Summerkin, by Sarah Prineas, at alibrarymama

Three Space Adventures at Views From the Tesseract -- Starbounders by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos, and The Lost Planet by Rachel Searles

Authors and Interviews

Anna Staniszewski (My Very Unfairy Tale Life) at Mother Daughter  Book Reviews

Other Good Stuff:

Ten African American characters in middle grade fantasy and science fiction at Views From the Tesseract

How to Build a Fictional World, a video by Kate Messner (Wake Up Missing), found at Bookshelves of Doom

At Book Nut, Melissa shares ten really good books that didn't make the EMG SF Cybils Shortlist

And finally, a beautiful, though somewhat troubling, installation of fairies from the Royal Shakespeare Company (found at Once Upon a Blog):

Commissioned by and developed for the Royal Shakespeare Company and later adapted for the Enchanted Parks, Sprite Symphony is a magical installation using projections and sound to create a beautiful yet dark display of fairies that have been trapped in jam jars and are trying to escape their glass cages. 

The fairies knock and tap on their jars and thereby create a polyphonic musical composition.

The sprites are currently exhibited in a Victorian display cabinet in the RSC theatre foyer in Stratford upon Avon

1 comment:

  1. Great round-up Charlotte! There are a few on this list that are in my to-be-read pile. I have been wanting to read The Girl Who Circumnavigated... for such a long time and now that I've read another glowing review, I really feel I need to get on that one! So many books, so little time! :-)


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