This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs

Another week (minus an hour), another collection of links.  Please let me know if I missed yours!

The Reviews

The Cabinet of Wonders, by Marie Rutkoski, at Log Cabin Library

Dogsbody, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Views From the Tesseract

The Finisher, by David Baldacci, at Pissed Off Geek and Reader, Writer, Critic (and not a review,  but if you want my take on the first 119 pages, here it is)

Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, at alibrarymama

Garden Princes, by Kristin Kladstrup, at Jean Little Library

Gideon's Spear, by Darby Karchut, at Middle Grade Ninja

How To Catch a Bogle, by Catherine Jinks, at The Book Monsters

The Hypnotists, by Gordon Korman, at That's Another Story

The Icarus Project, by Laura Quimby, at The Book Brownie

Janitors, by Tyler Whitesides, at Bookshop Talk

Jinx's Magic, by Sage Blackwood, included in a round-up post at Chapter Book Explorer

Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carlson, at The Book Monsters

Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers, at Fantasy Literature

Midnight for Charlie Bone, by Jenny Nimmo, at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Mindscape, by M.M. Vaughan, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Neversink, by Barry Wolverton, at Bound By Words

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at Sarah Monsma

The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, at Log Cabin Library

The Riverman, by Aaron Starmer, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile and Megan Likes Books

Rose and the Magician's Mask, by Holly Webb, at Charlotte's Library

Sabotaged (The Missing Book 3) by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Time Travel Times Two

The Shadow Throne, by Jennifer Nielsen, at The Book Monsters, She Has Left the Room, and proseandkahn

Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper, by Michael Reisman, at Madigan Reads

Sleeping Beauty's Daughters, by Diane Zahler, at Pages Unbound

The Slither Sisters, by Charles Gilman, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd, at proseandkahn, Welcome to my (New) Tweendom, and Waking Brain Cells

The Wells Bequest, by Polly Shulman, at Leaf's Reviews

Three adventures at sea, at Views from the Tesseract:  Deadweather and Sunrise, by Geoff Rodkey, Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carlson, and Oliver and the Seawigs, by Philip Reeve.

Authors and Interviews:

Natalie Lloyd (A Snicker of Magic) at Literary Rambles (with giveaway)

Laurisa White Reyes (The Celestine Chronicles) at Word Spelunking (with giveaway)

Suzanne de Montigny (The Shadow of the Unicorn) at One Writer's Journey

Other Good Stuff

If you want to go into MG SFF tbr overload, here's a list I compiled of forthcoming books--lots and lots of beautiful forthcoming books--at Middle Grade March, with a bonus giveaway of and ARC of A Hero's Guide to Being and Outlaw!

At GreenBeanTeenQueen, the most recent guest post in the "So You Want to Read Middle Grade" series is Stephanie Whalen, offering lots of MG Sci Fi book suggestions. 

And Stephanie's Tuesday Ten at Views From the Tesseract is "Birds of a Feather."

And for more listy fun, at SF Signal, the current "Mind Meld" asks a variety of great folks what sci fi or fantasy books they'd recommend for kids under ten.

The Canadian Children's Book Centre has announced its shortlist for the 2014 Canadian Literature Association-- which includes Curse of the Dream Witch, by Allan Stratton,   And The Accidental Time Traveller, by Janis Mackay, is the winner in the Younger Readers category of the Scottish Children's Book Awards.

There's a petition at change.org asking publishers to stop labeling children's books as "for boys" and "for girls."  My ten-year-old son, who is personally affected by this issue, has signed, and is very proud of his first foray into activism!

If I win the lottery I shall go to this September's Diana Wynne Jones conference in Newcastle, UK.  

But even without winning the lottery I will probably make it to Boscon (the Boston Sci Fi convention) in February of 2015 because Robin McKinley is the guest of honor....

There's a new issue of Middle Shelf Magazine up, with lots of mg sff goodness in it.

Movie News!  The Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, is coming to the big screen, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona.

Living in a sci fi world back in the 16th century-- rocket cats (and birds) as weapons of war.  If only the rocket cats (and birds) could escape afterwards....

The Kombat Kittens, on the other hand, seem to be willing participants...


  1. Oh, DWJ conference! I'd love to go to that someday.

    Speaking of DWJ, have I urged you to read Reflection On the Magic of Writing? It's not so much about writing as about the relationship of children with fantasy. My copy is bristling with sticky notes.

    Someone reviewed Jinx's Magic this week, http://chapterbookexplorer.blogspot.com. They reviewed Fortunately the Milk too, and... I am not sure if Ghosts of Tupelo Landing is fantasy? I know the first book wasn't, though it was very good.

    1. Yes, I have that! It's very good.

      And I've put the Jinx link in too....thanks.

  2. Thanks for posting all these links each week!

  3. Oh man, thanks for the rocket cats and birds picture! That's fantastic.


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