So Google has killed blog search, and though there's a way to force it to search blogs, this returns far fewer hits. So I might well be missing an ever growing number of posts; let me know if I missed yours! (And if any publicists or marketers want to send me direct links to blog tour stops, review links, etc., that would be great.)
The Book of Bad Things, http://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-book-of-bad-things.html
The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Haskell, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia
Courting Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at The Book Smugglers
Ever After High, by Shannon Hale, at Nayu's Reading Corner
Evil Fairys Love Hair, at Mary G. Thompson, at The Book Monsters
The Fog of Forgetting, by G.A. Morgan, at I Read to Relax
The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer Holm, at For Those About To Mock, Log Cabin Library, Emily Reviews! Random Musings of a Bibliophile, and Librarian of Snark
Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor, by Julie Anne Grasso, at The Ninja Librarian
Frostborn, by Lou Anders, at Adventures in Scifi Publishing, The Book Monsters, and Ageless Pages Reviews
Gabriel Finley and the Ravens of Doom, by George Hagen, at Log Cabin Library
The Glass Sentence, by S.E. Grove, at Becky's Book Reviews and Charlotte's Library
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
The Hypnotists, and its sequel, Memory Maze, by Gordon Korman, at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Inventor's Secret, by Chad Morris, at The Obsessive Bookseller (missed it last week)
The Iron Trial, by Holly Back and Cassandra Clare, at Zach's YA Reviews
Kat, Incorrigible (series review), by Stephanie Burgis, at Fantasy Fiction
Loot, by Jude Watson, at Reader Noir
The Luck Uglies, by Paul Durham, at Fantasy Book Critic
The Magic Thief series, by Sarah Prineas, at Beyond Books
Magyk, by Angie Sage, at Rcubed's Reads and Reviews
Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie, by Jeff Norton, at Juniper's Jungle
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at Sonderbooks
No Such Thing as Dragons, by Philip Reeve, at Hidden in Pages
Nuts to You, by Lynne Rae Perkins, at Librarian of Snark
The River at Green Knowe, by L.M. Boston, at Tor
Ship of Souls, by Zetta Elliott, at Reading in Color
The Time of the Fireflys, by Kimberley Griffiths Little, at Five Minutes for Books
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, by P.J. Hoover, at Jen Robinson's Book Page
The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow and books4yourkids
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, at Michelle Isenhoff
Authors and Interviews
Mary G. Thompson (Evil Fairies Love Hair) at Cracking the Cover, The Book Monsters, and The Children's Book Review
The Call for Cybils Panelists goes out tomorrow! Once again, I'm the team leader for middle grade speculative fiction. Throw your name into the hat to be a panelist in judging either the first round (coming up with a shortlist of 5-7 books) or the second round (picking a winner from the shortlist!).
The reading period for the first round runs from October through December, and there will be c. 150 books nominated in MG Spec. Fic. (published from Oct. 16, 2013 through Oct. 15, 2014).
Here's what you should ask yourself before applying to be a panelist--
--how many books have I read already? If you have a comfortable cushion of eligible books read already, that is good.
--how easy is it for me to get hold of books? Some books will come from publishers, but others we'll have to find ourselves at libraries. So if it is hard for you to get a hold of books, the first round is probably not a good fit for you.
--am I a fast reader? First round panelists don't have to read all the books, nor do they have to finish the books they count as "read." But you do have to be able to read lots, and fast.
--are there things happening this fall that will make it hard to do lots of reading?
--do I want to be thinking about books in a rather briskly frantic way just before Christmas?
But on the plus side, you can also ask yourself: do I want to spend this fall reading tons of books in my favorite genre and having a great time discussing them intensely with fun, interesting, fellow fans?
Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
Other Good Stuff
An interesting look at the structures of the Harry Potter books at Bookriot
I could fill this post with Giver related things, but am sticking to this one: Lois Lowry and Phillip Noyce interviewed in tandem at Deadline Hollywood
And then I just found this one, which I wouldn't actually call "good"-- "The Giver Now Has Its Very Own Nailpolish" at Jezebel
Discussion Question (I don't know if this will be a regular feature or not, because I can easily imagine not having decent questions every Sunday for next several years...but we will see. Let me know what you think!)
So over on Twitter, Anne Ursu drew my attention to this line from the (starred) Kirkus review of Sparkers, by Eleanor Glewwe-- "Social injustice is a rare theme in middle-grade fantasy..." And as Anne said, "no," because clearly social injustices of many kinds (economic, gender-based, racial prejudice) are a dime a dozen in mg fantasy. But maybe, I thought (and I haven't read the book yet, so I might be off-base) the author of that Kirkus line is thinking that rebellion/active efforts to subvert the dominant system by a group of people constituting the driving force of the plot is rare. I can think of lots of books in which individuals fight/are victims of social injustice, but not so many that take it to the larger level of the oppressed taking on the system as a group.
Here's what I came up with:
Zelpha Keatly Snyder's Below the Root trilogy (1975-1978)--a dominant group of people up in the trees, a subordinate group of rebels trapped below the roots, and the brave group of young teens who bring down the injustice of it (of course three of the main people fighting the system are from above the root, with only one from below, but there's a larger sense that a revolution is underway).
Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway (2012) --set in a society in which those with no magic are oppressed by those who have it, and tells of the efforts underway to change this.
Janice Hardy's Healing War trilogy (2010- 2011) which features a rebellion against foreign oppressors.
What do you think?
I think that more fantasy and science fiction for kids explicitly involving fights against social injustice can only be a good thing...and speaking of fighting against social injustice, here's a guide to "Becoming a White Ally to Black People in the Aftermath of the Michael Brown Murder" at What Matters