This Week's Middle Grade Sci Fi/Fantasy Round-up! (6/8/14)

Welcome to this week's round-up of middle grade speculative fiction found in my blog reading this week!  Sadly, last night I accidentally marked 181 posts as read in Bloglovin....so if you don't see your post here, that may be why, and please send me the link.

The Reviews:

11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass, at Becky's Book Reviews

Battle of the Beasts, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, at  Kid Lit Reviews

The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Haskell, at Shae Has Left the Room  and Rachel Neulmeier

Deadly Delicious, by K.L. Kincy, at Candace's Book Blog

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Bewitched Bookworms   and Log Cabin Library

Dragon Keeper, by Carole Wilkinson, at Charlotte's Library

Dragon on Trial, by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland, at Hidden In Pages

The Dragon's Egg, by H.B. Bolton, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia  and Dear, Restless Reader

The Dyerville Tales, by M.P. Kozlowsky, at The Write Path 

Egg and Spoon, by Gregory Maguire, at Educating Alice

The Feral Child, by Che Golden, at In Bed With Books

The Gargoyle in My Yard, by Philippa Dowding, at thebookshelfgargoyle (also with a review of Heart of Rock, by Becca Price)

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, by Sheila Turnage, at Good Books and Good Wine (audiobook review)

The Glass Sentence, by S.E. Grove, at The Book Swarm

Harding's Luck, by E. Nesbit, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Islands of Chaldea, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Manga Mania Cafe 

The Luck Uglies, by Paul Durham, at Geo Librarian  and Books Are Life

The Mark of the Dragonfly, by Jaleigh Johnson, at Black Gate

Operation Bunny, by Sally Gardner, at Sharon the Librarian

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at Kid Lit Geek

One Wish, by Michelle Harrison, at The Book Smugglers and Wondrous Reads

Ordinary Magic, by Caitlin Rubino-Bradway, at FangirlNation

The Quirks in Cirucs Quirkus, by Eriin Soderberg and Kelly Light, at Nayu's Reading Corner

The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at Semicolon

The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson, at Kid Lit Geek

The Riverman, by Aaron Starmer, at Book Nut and Librarian of Snark

Saving Lucas Biggs, by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague, at Waking Brain Cells

The Scavengers, by Michael Perry, at Views From the Tesseract

The Search for Wond-La, by Tony DiTerlizzi, at Fantasy Literature

Seven Stories Up, by Laurel Snyder, at Time Travel Times Two, Two Heads Together, and The Children's Book Review

The Shadows, by Jacqueline West, at Good Books and Good Wine

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd, at Books in the Spotlight

Time and Mr. Bass, by Eleanor Cameron, at Tor

Trickster's Totem, by H.B. Bolton, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

A Wishbone Come True (Puppy Powers) by Kristin Earhart at Ms. Yingling Reads

Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalup, at Friends Share Books

Authors and Interviews

Jane Yolen on "rejection, reading out loud, and the keys to writing great books for kids" at The Huffington Post

Michelle Harrison (One Wish) at the Book Smugglers  and at Wondrous Reads

Lisa Fiedler (Mouseheart) at Kid Lit Frenzy

Other Good Stuff

FangirlNation is live!  "We embrace all levels or fandom, nerdery, geekdom and culture, knowing that in the end we are all passionate about something. We banish the concept of “fake geek girl” knowing every woman deserves the chance to love what she loves without being questioned for her dedication."

Pirates (including space pirates) at Views From the Tesseract  and Orphans at Reads for Keeps  (I am now trying to think of Speculative Fiction Orphaned Pirates)

Betsy at Fuse #8 comes up with a list of underrated middle grade books, many of which are fantasy

The Lost Kings of Faeryland, at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

And finally, news I just had to share (which might not be news to you, but I just found out about it):  coming Sept. 16 is Lockwood and Co. book 2!


  1. You and your readers might be interested in my review of Gregory Maguire's forthcoming Egg and Spoon. http://medinger.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/coming-soon-gregory-maguires-egg-spoon/

  2. Super excited for Lockwood #2, though I can't say the cover does much for me.

    Thanks for these roundups. I really enjoy them

  3. Thanks for the FangirlNation shout-out!

    "And finally, news I just had to share (which might not be news to you, but I just found out about it): coming Sept. 16 is Lockwood and Co. book 2!"

    Oooh, good! Though I agree with KT--the cover's not at all appealing.

  4. Oooooh, can't wait for Lockwood & Co. #2! I saw someone with an ARC of it at BEA, and I admit that I considered plucking it out of her tote bag for about half a second before sanity (and good sense!) returned. *grin*

  5. Thanks for that list of underrated middle grade books -- although now I am going to go crazy hunting for The Winged Girl of Knossos. It sounds amazing!


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