This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (6/22/14)

Happy summer solstice!  (I myself am always depressed on the summer solstice, because unlike everyone else who seems to think that summer is now really getting going, I am sad about the fact that winter is now coming, and the days are getting shorter, etc.). 

But in any event, here's what I found in my blog hunting this week (and please let me know if I missed your post!)

The Reviews

13 Gifts, by Wendy Mass, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Haskell, at Charlotte's Library

The Court of the Stone Children, by Eleanor Cameron, at Tor

The Eighth Day, by Dianne E. Salerni, at Ms. Yingling Reads 

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Mister K Reads

The Flame of Olympus, by Kate Hearn, at Never Ending Stories

Ghost Hawk, by Susan Cooper, at Mister K Reads

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, by Sheila Turnage, at Bookends

A Hero for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi, at The Overstuffed Bookcase

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw, by Christopher Healy, at Book Nut

The Inventor's Secret, by Andrea Cremer, at Fantasy Book Critic

The Key to Kashdune, by Claudia White, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

The Last Present, by Wendy Mass, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Mark of the Dragonfly, by Jaleigh Johnson, at Leeanna.me

Minion, by John David Anderson, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, at Sharon the Librarian

Nightingale's Nest, by Nicky Loftin, at Librarian of Snark 

Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, at Pages Unbound

The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald, at alibrarymama

Princess of the Wild Swans, by Diane Zahler, at Tales of the Marvelous

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

Seven Stories Up, by Laurel Snyder, at Charlotte's Library

Sky Raiders, by Brandon Mull, at Log Cabin Library

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd, at Hope Is the Word

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at Wandering Librarians

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

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt, at alibrarymama

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, at Wandering Librarians

Winter of the Robots, by Kurtis Scaletta, at Mister K Reads

Short looks at some Scholastic titles as Teen Librarian's Toolbox

And short looks at several MG fantasy books at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Authors and Interviews

S.E. Grove (The Glass Sentence) at The (YA) Bookcase

Heather Mackey (Dreamwood) at Fearless Fifteeners

Sarah Mlynowski at The Children's Book Review

Emily Raabe (Lost Children of the Far Islands) at Word Spelunking

Christopher Healy (The Hero's Guide to Being and Outlaw) at Priscilla Gilman

I didn't see anything to put in my usual "more good stuff" section, but in the spirit of the solstice, here's what the interior of a house contemporaneous with Stonehenge might well have look liked (a nice counter to fantasy stereotypes of dark, fetid hovels):

You can read more at the BBC here.

And now I will go start chopping wood for the on-coming winter.


  1. Oh, how I remember the much-loathed chore... EVERY weekend morning, gloves and long-sleeves and boots, stacking and hauling and sweating and twitching at ginormous spiders; pitch glueing my glove fingers together, twigs caught in my socks.

    Split wood still smells so good, though.

  2. During the school year it's ALWAYS dark when I wake up, so I find summer confusing. Last week it was light at 5:30; why isn't it now? I can understand your feeling that we are slipping slowly towards winter!

  3. Thanks for posting this round-up! I reviewed Ben Hatke's ZITA THE SPACEGIRL this week: http://ceceliabedelia.blogspot.com/2014/06/zita-spacegirl.html.

  4. It might not be a dark, fetid hovel, but I will still take my cozy apartment over it any day. I am a woman of modern comforts.


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