This week's (very substantial) round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy postings from around the blogs (2/16/14)

I found lots of posts this week!  But if I missed yours, I'm sorry--please send me the link!

The Reviews

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield, by John Bemelmans Marciano, at Magic Words

The Abominables, by Eva Ibbotson, at The Book Monsters

The Accidental Time Traveller, by Janis Mackay, at Time Travel Times Two

Aesop's Secret, by Claudia White, at A Woman's Wisdom

Back to Blackbrick, by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, at Barbara Ann Watson

The Cabinet of Wonders, by Marie Rutkoski, at Dead Houseplants

The Cloud Forest, by Joan North, at a pile of leaves

Fairest of All (Whatever After 1), by Sarah Mlynowski, at Carstairs Considers

Finally, by Wendy Mass, at book4yourkids

The Forbidden Library, by Django Wexler, at Views from the Tesseract

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, by Mike Jung, at That's Another Story

Jinx, by Sage Blackwood, at Semicolon, and Rachel Neumeier (also Jinx's Magic)

Jinx's Magic, by Sage Blackwood, at Kid Lit Geek

Knightley and Son: Cracking the Code, by Rohan Gavin, at Jen Robinson’s Book Page

The Luck Uglies, by Paul Durham, at Views from the Tesseract

Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carlson, at alibrarymama

Magic Trix: Secrets and Spies, by Sara Grant, at Nayu’s Reading Corner

The Mesmer Menace, by Kersten Hamilton, at Sharon the Librarian

The Monster in the Mudball, by S.P. Gates, at Boys and Literacy

No Returns (The Battleband Saga book 1), by Gail Giles and Deb Vanasse, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at Jen Robinson's Book Page, Ms. Yingling Reads, and books4yourkids

Pillage, by Obert Skye, at Leaf's Reviews

Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale, at The Ninja Librarian

The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell, at Booked til Tuesday

The  Quirks--Welcome to Normal, and Circus Quirkus, by Erin Soderberg, at A Year of Reading

The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at Ex Libris

The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson, at Semicolon

Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff, at Pages Unbound

The Sasquatch Escape, by Suzanne Selfors, at Literate Lives

The Secret Box, by Whitaker Ringwald, at The Write Path

Secrets of the Book, by Erin Fry, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Seven Wild Sisters, by Charles de Lint, at Charlotte's Library

Sidekicked, by John David Anderson, at Sonderbooks

The Sleeping Army, by Francesca Simon, at Charlotte's Library

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd, at Nerdy Book Club

A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff, at Not Acting My Age

Tesla's Attic, by Neil Shusterman and Eric Elfman, at Ms.Yingling Reads

The Twistrose Key, by Tone Almhjell, at The Book Smugglers

The Water Mirror, by Kai Meyer, at Blog of Erised

The Wells Bequest, by Polly Shulman, at The Book Monsters

The Wolf Princess, by Cathryn Constable, at Ex Libris

Yesterday's Doll, by Cora Taylor, at Charlotte's Library

Zoe and Zaq and the Tiger Temple, by Lars Guignard, at Pragmatic Mom and Geo Librarian

Two at Redeemed Reader--The Twistsrose Key, by Tone Almhjell, and Jinx's Magic, by Sage Blackwood

Two of the Cybils shortlisted books, The Water Castle and Sidekicked, at alibrarymama

Three short reviews at Views from the Tesseact-- The Magician's Tower, by Shawn Thomas Odyssey, A Question of Magic, by E.D. Baker, and Song of the Quarkbeast, by Jasper Fforde.

Authors and Interviews

Anne Ursu (The Real Boy) at MINNPOST

Vivian Vande Velde (Deadly Pink, and many more) at Awake at Midnight

Karen Foxlee (Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy) at Nerdy Book Club

Other Good Stuff

The 2013 Cybils Winners have been announced--particular congratulations to Jonathan Stroud and The Screaming Staircase!

Con or Bust is currently holding its on-line auction to help fans of color attend SFF cons; the auction ends Sunday, February 23.

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlists have been announced; there are several middle grade fantasy books not yet published here in the US that sound rather good.

A nice long post about PL Travers at Reveries Under the Sign of Austin, Two

Laurel Snyder--"Boys Will be Boys, and Girls Will Be Accommodating"

In the realm of the utterly adorable, which you have probably seen but regardless, Kids Read to Shelter Cats

And finally, I was awfully proud this week to reveal the cover of the fourth book in Sarah Prineas' marvelous middle grade fantasy series--the Magic Thief: Home; here's the cover again, and at the actual post there's a sneak peak at some of the interior art.


  1. Wow! Lots of awesome links. And love the cover to Sarah's new book.

  2. Whoops: it wasn't me that posted about the Abominables. Though I wish it was.

    1. A brand new type of mistake! How Exciting. And now fixed.

  3. Wow, that is a long list this week!


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