This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (2/23/14)

Welcome to this week's round-up--I didn't have time to do much scrounging, so may well have missed things--please let me know!
The Reviews:

Beswitched, by Kate Saunders, at Things Mean a Lot

The Blue Lady, by Eleanor  Hawken, at Nayu's Reading Corner (giveaway)

The Children Next Door, by Jean Ure, at Charlotte's Library

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at alibrarymama

The Eighth Day, by Diane K. Salerni, at Middle Grade Mafioso

Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, at Candace's Book Blog and GreenBeanTeenQueen

The Gargoyle in my Yard, by Philippa Dowding, at Mother Daughter Book Reviews

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Geranium Cat's Bookshelf

The Grimm Conclusion, by Adam Gidwitz, at Becky's Book Reviews

The House on Parchment Street, by Patricia McKillip, at Finding Wonderland

How to Catch a Bogle, by Catherine Jinx, at alibrarymama

How To Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell, at Mister K Reads

The Interrupted Tale, by Maryrose Wood, at Kid Lit Geek

The Lotus Caves, by John Christopher, at Views From the Tesseract

Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carlson, at Mister K Reads

Operation Bunny: The Fairy Detective Agency's First Case, by Sally Gardner, at Bibliophilic Monologues

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at The Book Monsters

The Quantum League: Spell Robbers, by Matthew J. Kirby, at Charlotte's Library and The Englishist

The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson, at Sonderbooks

Rose, by Holly Webb, at Sonderbooks

The Runaway King, by Jennifer Neilsen, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

The Secret Box, by Whitaker Ringwald, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Shadow Throne, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile, The A P Book Club, Jen Robinson's Book Page, and Stacked

Sidekicked, by John David Anderson, at Guys Lit Wire

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd, at Literate Lives

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at My Precious

Theodosia and the Last Pharoah, by R.A. LaFevers, at Jean Little Library

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt, at Sonderbooks

The Vengekeep Prophecies, by Brian Farrey, at The Book Monsters

Zoe and Zack and the Yogi's Curse, by Lars Guignard, at Candace's Book Blog

Three at Views from the Tesseract:  Tesla's Attic, by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman, Spider Stampede by Ali Sparks, Sasquatch Escape, by Suzanne Selfors

Two at Redeemed Reader-- The Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell, and The Time Fetch, by Amy Herrick

And two at Ms. Yingling Reads:  Handbook for Dragon Slayers and The Shadow Throne

Authors and Interviews:

Jennifer Nielsen (The Shadow Throne) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Nikki Loftin (Nightingale's Nest) at The Book Cellar (giveaway)

Neil Shusterman and Eric Elfman (Tesla's Attic) at Project Mayhem

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

A weeks' worth at Susan K. Quinn:

Monday: Warrior Faeries and Math Magick: How Susan Kaye Quinn is using a Virtual Author Visit video and Teacher's Guide to reach readers with her MG novel, Faery Swap.
Tuesday: Faery, Fairy, Sweet and Scary: a discussion with MG author Kim Batchelor on writing about Faeries in kidlit.
Wednesday: Sci Fi for the Middle Grade Set: a discussion with MG author Dale Pease about writing SF for kids.
Thursday: Writing Indie MG: a roundup of indie MG authors (Michelle Isenhoff, Elise Stokes, Lois Brown, Mikey Brooks, Ansha Kotyk) about why they write MG and how to reach readers, including their indie MG author Emblazoner's group catalog.
Friday: Marketing Indie Middle Grade - The Hardest Sell - about reaching MG readers as an MG author.

Other Good Stuff:

A Tuesday Ten of music at Views from the Tesseract

Lee and Low is giving away a copy of Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today's Youth, by Gregory J. Reed, signed by Rosa Parks herself!  Head on over to Lee and Low's Facebook page to enter; ends Feb. 26

Looking ahead to next weekend--Middle Grade March kicks off with a day long read-a-thon--more info. here

And looking even further ahead, here's the Fall 2014 Children's Sneak Preview from Publisher's Weekly --lots of good mf sff!

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