This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs (July 13, 2014)

Not much from me in this week's round-up...summer is always more work than I think it's going to be.  But here's what I found from others; let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield, by John Bemelmans Marciano, at Always in the Middle

The Cabinet of Curiosities, by Stefan Bachmann et al., at A Reader of Fictions and Views From the Tesseract

The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Haskell, at The Book Smugglers  and The Book Wars

The Crown of Dalemark, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Tale of the Marvelous

The Dark Hills Divide, by Patrick Carman, at 300 Pages

The Eighth Day, by Dianne K. Salerni, at Kidliterate

A Grimm Warning (Land of Stories 3), by Chris Colfer, at Mugglenet.com

The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate, by Scott Nash, at Mister K Reads

Lost Children of the Far Islands, by Emily Raabe, at The Hiding Spot

The Lost Conspiracy, by Frances Hardinge, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Minion, by John David Anderson, at Shae Has Left the Room

Oliver and the Seawigs, by Phillip Reeve, at Log Cabin Library and Dee's Reads

The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson, at Librarian of Snark

Rose, by Holly Webb, at Bookyurt

The Sasquatch Escape, by Suzanne Selfors, at books4yourkids

The School For Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Quinn's Book Nook (audio review)

The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at Guys Lit Wire

Sky Raiders, by Brandon Mull, at Bluerose's Heart

Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz, at mstamireads

A Tale of Time City, by Diana Wynne Jones, at alibrarymama

The Truth Against the World, by Sarah Jamila Stevenson (technically this is YA, but it's a great one for upper middle grade readers too....) at Charlotte's Library

A World Without Princes, by Soman Chainani, at Elfswood

Author and Interviews

John David Anderson (Minion) at Middle Grade Mafioso, The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia, and at Candace's Book Blog (giveaway)

Emily Raabe (Lost Children of the Far Islands) at The Hiding Spot

Other Good Stuff

Tor does a nice re-cap of what we learned from the recent Harry Potter short story.

I just found out (or possibly was reminded, I'm not sure) Terry Pratchett has signed a book deal for "Dragons at Crumbling Castle."  Read more here at Fantasy Fiction.

"White Ladies" at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

A new issue of Middle Shelf Magazine is up!

Next weekend there's a mini-Bloggiesta--always good for meeting new folks and sprucing up the blog!

And speaking of meeting new folks, here's Jen Robinson at the Nerdy Book Club talking about why KidLitCon is such a lovely thing (do try to make it this October!)

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