This week's Round-Up of Middle Grade Sci fi/fantasy from around the blogs

Another week, another round-up-please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

The Alchemist War, by John Seven, at Sharon the Librarian

The Aviary, by Kathleen O'Dell, at Great Imaginations

The Black Cauldron, by Lloyd Alexander, at Hope is the Word

The Bridge to Never Land, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson at Fyrefly's Book Blog

The Creature Department, by Robert Paul Weston, at Good Books and Good Wine

Dark Lord: School's Out, by Jamie Thompson, at Charlotte's Library

Dogsbody, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Here There Be Books

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Readaraptor
Earthfall, by Mark Walden, at Fantasy Book Critic

The Finisher, by David Baldacci, at On Starships and Dragonwings

The Forbidden Library, by Django Wexler, at Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

Fortune's Folly, by Deva Fagan, at Small Review

Game of Clones, by M. E. Castle,  at Mom Read It

Grimmtastic Girls, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, at The Write Path

How I Became a Ghost, by Tim Tingle, at By Singing Light

The Iron Empire, by James Dashner, at Charlotte's Library

Lord and Lady Bunny- Almost Royalty, by Polly Horvath, at Book Nut

The Mark of the Dragonfly, by Jaleigh Johnson, at Word Spelunking (also an interview)

Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers, at Tor

The Mythomaniacs, by Jules Bass, at The Children's Book Review

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, at Fuse #8

Operation Bunny, by Sally Gardner, at the New York Times and Wondrous Reads

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at My Precious  and Word Spelunking

The Orphan and the Thief, by M. L. Legette, at The Ninja Librarian

The Prince Who Fell From the Sky, by John Claude Bemis, at Dead Houseplants

The Purple Girl, by Audrey Kane, at thebookshelfgargoyle

The Quirks in Circus Quirkus, by Erin Soderberg, at Story Time Secrets

The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at Batch of Books

The Ruby Pendant, by Dorine White, at Laurisa White Reyes

Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff, at Jean Little Library

Sky Raiders, by Brandon Mull, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Spell Robbers (Quantum League 1), by Matthew J. Kirby, at The Hiding Spot

Switched at Birthday, by Natalie Standiford, at Charlotte's Library

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket, by John Boyne, at Nerdy Book Club 

Tesla's Attic, by Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop, by Kate Saunders, at The Book Monsters

Witch Week, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Tales of the Marvelous

A World Without Princes, by Soman Chainani, at The Social Potato Reviews

Pushing YA-wards, and not exactly spec. fic., but of great interest--three books about kids creating imaginary worlds at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles  --Peter's Room, by Antonia Forest, They Do Things Differently There, by Jan Mark, and The Traitor Game, by B.R.Collins.

And at Views from the Tesseract, a threesome of aliens

Authors and Interviews

Maureen Doyle McQuerry (Time Out of Time: Beyond the Door) at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Lauren Magaziner (The Only Thing Worse Than Witches), at Word Spelunking

M.P Kozlowksy (Dyerville Tales) at Middle Grade March 

Rachel Searles (The Lost Planet) at Middle Grade March

Other Good Stuff: 

"The 10 best fictional evil children" at The Guardian

Jim Hensen's Creature Shop Challenge premieres on SyFy March 25; read more at Once Upon a Blog

And also from Once Up a Blog, Snow White in her glass casket is on display at the Museum of Natural History in NY, as part of their "Power of Poison" exhibit.


  1. Charlotte, did you see the pieces by Walter Dean Myers and son Christopher Myers in the New York Times today? They're frontpaged on the website, righthand side. They both address different aspects of the issues we've discussed before... both the paucity of black protagonists, and the limited storylines available to those who do exist.

  2. Whoa on that Snow White Display! Thanks for the round-up!


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