Welcome to another week of middle grade speculative fiction gleaned from around the blogs!
The 13th Sign, by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, at A Backwards Story
The Age of Akra (Starchild Book 1), by Vacen Taylor, at Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Building Blocks, by Cynthia Voigt, at Charlotte's Library
The City of Death, by Sarwat Chadda, at Charlotte's Library
A Dash of Magic, by Kathryn Littlewood, at A Reader of Fictions
Double Vision: Agent 711, by F.T. Bradley, at Charlotte's Library
Dragon Defender, by J.A. Blackburn, at When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kid's Book
Fairest of All, and If the Shoe Fits, by Sarah Mlynowski, at Michelle I. Mason
Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, at The Book Monsters and Semicolon
The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate, by Scott Nash, at Puss Reboots
Hive Mind, by Timothy J. Bradley, at Views From the Tesseract
Jinx's Magic. by Sage Blackwood, at By Singing Light
Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra, by Jason Fry, at Charlotte's Library
The Lonely Lake Monster, by Suzanne Selfors, at The Book Monsters
Magicalamity, by Kate Saunders, at Jean Little Library
Moonkind, by Sarah Prineas, at In Bed With Books
The Mostly True Story of Jack, by Kelly Barnhill, at Project Mayhem
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at The Book Smugglers
Parched, by Melanie Crowder, at That's Another Story
The Path of Names, by Ari Goelman, at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at Great Books for Kids and Teens
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, by Lloyd Alexander, at Tor
Renegade Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at alibrarymama
Rootless, by Chris Howard, at The Musings of a Book Addict
The Sasquatch Escape, by Suzanne Selfors, at The Book Monsters
Seven Stories Up, by Laurel Snyder, at Becky's Book Reviews
Spell Robbers (Quantum League Book 1), by Matthew J. Kirby, at Ms. Yingling Reads and Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Under Plum Lake, by Lionel Davidson, at Views From the Tesseract
Westley the Zombie Book 1: Rrrrrrggggle!, by Monsieur J and Mister F, at This Kid Reviews Books
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop, by Kate Saunders, at Jean Little Library
Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple, by Lars Guignard, at Carpiello's Writing Pages
Three books linked by trains-- The Glass Sentence, by S.E. Grove, The Mark of the Dragonfly, by Jaleigh Johnson, and The Boundless, by Kenneth Oppel, at Views From the Tesseract
Authors and Interviews:
Rachel Searles (The Lost Planet) at The Book Monsters, Literary Rambles, and Maria's Melange
Lemony Snicket interviews Kate DiCamillo at Buzzfead
Other Good Stuff:
The 2014 Amelia Bloomer Project list has been announced, and includes two MG fantasies--
Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carlson, and Garden Princess, by Kristin Kladstrup. My mind is now running over the other MG sci fi/fantasy books of 2013, assessing them for feminist content....I'm thinking Handbook For Dragonslayers, by Merrie Haskell, might count. I always forget to send in recommendations by the time September comes around, but will try to do better this year.
The Fifth Annual Boys Read Pink Month is here at Ms. Yingling Reads -- as the mother of boys, I think it is so so so important to make it clear to boys that reading a book that's pink or has a girl on the cover doesn't make you any more or less any particular gender! From Karen's post: "Interestingly enough, when I tell the boys that they are encouraged to do this, they have a look of relief on their faces, and check out all manner of books with great gusto."
Inscription Magazine, an online magazine of speculative fiction for teens that actively seeks diversity, is up and running.
If you are looking for a gripping-as-all-get-out YA (but good for upper MG readers too) speculative fiction read, this might be a good time to buy Variant, by Robison Wells, or its sequel, Feedback, to help an author going through a pretty bad rough spot.
stunning (?) revelation about Hermione and Ron, and Flora and Ulysses winning the Newbery but how could I not mention them? My main regret viz the ALA awards was that I had hoped that the novel version of My Neighbor Totoro would get some Batchelder love, but alas, it was not to be.
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