This week's round-up of middle grade science fiction and fantasy from around the blogs (5/25/14)

Greetings from cold, grey Rhode Island.  No beach fun for us today, staying inside and reading is much more appealing!

 Here are the results of this week's blog gleaning--please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews:

The Ash Mistry adventures--The Savage Fortress, and The City of Death, by Sarwat Chadda, at proseandkahn

The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg Van Eekhout, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

The Boys of Blur, by N.D. Wilson, at books4yourkids 

The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Haskell, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile 

The Children of the King, by Sonya Hartnett, at Becky's Book Reviews

Deadly Pink, by Vivian Vande Velde, at Leaf's Reviews

The Demon Notebook, by Erika McGann, at Mom Read It

The Inventor's Secret, by Andrea Cremer, at Book Nut

Jinx's Magic, by Sage Blackwood, at Semicolon

London Calling, by Edward Bloor, at Time Travel Times Two

The Mark of the Dragonfly, by Jaleigh Johnson, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, at thebookshelfgargoyle, books4yourkids, and The Write Path

Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, by D. Robert Pease, at SW Lothian

Northwood, by Brian Faulkner, at Librarian of Snark 

Oddfellow's Orphanage, by Emily Winfield Martin, at books4yourkids

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at Laurisa White Reyes 

The One Safe Place, by Tania Unsworth, at Charlotte's Library

A Question of Magic, by E.D. Baker, at Pages Unbound 

Ripple Effect, by Timothy J. Bradley, at Views From the Tesseract

Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff, at books4yourkids

Saving Lucas Biggs, by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague, at Charlotte's Library

The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Ciao Bella

The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at alibrarymama

Small Medium at Large, by Joanne Levy, at Madigan Reads

The Snow Spider, by Jenny Nimmo, at Views From the Tesseract

The Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver, at books4yourkids 

The Spirit Animal series, by varoius authors, at proseandkahn

Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz, at books4yourkids

Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet, by Eleanor Cameron, at Tor

The Thickety: a Path Beings, by J.A. White, at Charlotte's Library

The Unicorn Thief, by R.R. Russell, at Sharon the Librarian

Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple, by Lars Guignard, at DJ's Book Corner (audiobook review)

Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paulo Bacigalupi, at Bookshelves of Doom 

Authors and Interviews

S.E. Grove (The Glass Sentence) at Shelf Talker

Jennifer Nielsen (The Ascendance Trilogy) at Guys Lit Wire

Jaleigh Johnson (The Mark of the Dragonfly) at The Hiding Spot

Jacqueline West (The Books of Elsewhere) at Literary Rambles and The Book Cellar

Jonathan Auxier (The Night Gardener) at Nerdy Book Club

Laurisa White Reyes (The Celestine Chronicles) at Carpinello's Writing  Pages

Other Good Stuff

A feast of spring MG sci fi/fantasy covers at The Enchanted Inkpot

Exciting Tolkien news--"lost" live speech to be released

I hope all of you who are going to Book Expo America have a lovely time!  I myself am staying home and looking forward to Armchair BEA!  It begins tomorrow, so it's not too late to join in the fun from the comfort of your own home!

For those who are house-hunting- the childhood home of Philipa Pearce, four miles outside Cambridge, is for sale; she used its garden as the setting for Tom's Midnight Garden.  (Given the current owners' taste in interior decoration, it's not at all clear to me why they bought this lovely old house in the first place!).


  1. I love the cover round-up, thank you for posting. I'm looking forward to attending Armchair BEA too (first time) -- hope to "meet" you there!

  2. *blink* the inside...i mean...i get that not everyone likes period interiors but....that red room and...omg WHY?

    1. Yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking too!

  3. The house does not have enough bookshelf space!

  4. I like a nice Georgian house, and I like a nice modern kitchen, and I might even like the two of them at once, but there is nothing I like about that red room except maybe the French doors. I would like to have seen a photo of the medieval fishponds, too!


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