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

Yay!  School is over!  I took my ex-fifth grade to the bookstore to get his graduation present, and we came home with Dreamwood, by Heather McKay (so nice to share the reading taste of one's child).

Here's what I found in this past week; please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews:

The Aviary, by Kathleen O'Dell, at Shadow in the Window

The Eighth Day, by Dianne K. Salerni, at The Reading Nook

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Tales From the Raven 

The Feral Child, by Che Golden, at Waking Brain Cells

Fizz and Pepers at the Bottom of the World, by M.G. King, at SWLothian

Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, at Hidden in Pages

The Glass Sentance, by S.E. Grove, at The YA Bookcase

The Homeward Bounders, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Mark of the Dragonfly, by Jaleigh Johnson, at alibrarymama

A Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring 1), by James Dashner, at The Write Path

Nightingale's Nest, by Nikki Loftin, at alibrarymama

Operation Robot Storm, by Alex Milway, at Charlotte's Library

Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain, by Richard Roberts, at This Kid Reviews Books

The Savage Fortress, by Sarwat Chadda, at alibrarymama

The School For Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at A Journey Through Pages

The Story of the Amulet, by E. Nesbit, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Thickety: a Path Begins, by J.A. White, at BooksForKidsBlog

Turning on a Dime, by Maggie Dana, at Charlotte's Library

The Unicorn Thief, by R.R. Russell, at Best Kids' Reads (giveaway)

Zahrah the Windseeker, by Nnedi Okorafor, at The Book Smugglers

Authors and Interviews

Heather Mackay (Dreamwood) at Nerdy Book Club

Jonathan Auxier (The Night Gardener) at The Busy Librarian 

Maureen McQuerry's tour stops for Beyond The Door

Other Good Stuff

A Tuesday Ten of Introverts at Views From the Tesseract

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award finalists have been announced; here are finalists for Children's Literature:
  • William Alexander, Ghoulish Song (Margaret K. McElderry)
  • Holly Black, Doll Bones (Margaret K. McElderry)
  • Joseph Bruchac, Killer of Enemies (Tu Books)
  • Sara Beth Durst, Conjured (Walker Children’s)
  • Robin McKinley, Shadows (Nancy Paulsen Books)
The call for submissions for Lee and Low's New Visions Award for authors of color has gone out.

If you want a challenge, you can see how many of these 100 first lines you recognize at Views From the Tesseract

From Once Upon a Blog--a look at a fantastic fairy tale garden in Australia, and how it came back to life after a devastating wildfire (the pictures from the immediate aftermath of the fire are especially powerful)


  1. Come on over and check out my review of The Unicorn Thief by RR Russell (and enter to win a hardcover copy). You can find it HERE!

    1. thanks Nicole--added you into the list.

  2. I'll have to go read that review for The Aviary -- I love when it gets attention!

  3. That's a good list of finalists!


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