This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (10/5/14)

Greetings from Lebanon, New Hampshire! I am here with my mother on a now-concluded Julian May pilgrimage (successful ascent of Mount Washington, successful appraisal of the Mount Washington hotel where Uncle Rogi worked, somewhat dreary appraisal of Dartmouth due to heavy rain, and visit to the intersection of Main and South where Uncle Rogi's bookstore was supposed to be).

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

The Reviews

The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia and at Word Spelunking (with giveaway)

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Geo Librarian

The Doll People Set Sail, by Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, and Brett Helquist, at Ms. Yingling Reads

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

Empire of Bones, by N.D. Wilson, at Semicolon

The Enchanted Castle, by E. Nesbit, at Leaf's Reviews

The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker, by E.D. Baker, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Forbidden Flats, by Peggy Eddleman, at Word Spelunking

The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer Holm, at Kid Lit Geek

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle, by George Hagen, at Waking Brain Cells

The Glass Sentence, by S.E. Grove, at Semicolon

Hook's Revenge, by Heidi Shulz, at My Precious and Candace's Book Blog

The Iron Trial, by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, at By Singing Light and Charlotte's Library

The Island of Legends, by Lisa McMann, at Hidden in Pages (audiobook review)

Krabat and the Sorcerer's Mill, by Otfried Preussler, at Children's Book-A-Day Almanac

The League of Seven, by Alan Gatz, at Mister K Reads

Magic Thief: Home, by Sarah Prineas, at Hidden in Pages (audiobook review)

Marianne Dreams, by Catherine Storr, at Marvelous Tales

The Mysterious Howling, by Maryrose Wood, at Never Ending Stories

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, at Book Nut

Nuts to You, by Lynne Rae Perkins, at Challenging the Bookworm

The Ogre of Oglefort, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Kid Lit Geek

The Savage Fortress, by Sarwat Chadda, at Twinja Book Reviews

The Scavengers, by Michael Perry, at The Reading Nook Reviews

Shouldn't You Be in School?, by Lemony Snickett, at Tor

Sidekicked, by John David Anderson, at Librarian of Snark

The Terror of the Southlands, by Caroline Carlson, at Carstairs Considers and Reader of Fictions

Thursdays with the Crown, by Jessica Day George, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile and Becky's Book Reviews

The Time of the Fireflys, by Kimberley Griffiths Little, at Time Travel Times Two

Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at Bunbury in the Stacks (audiobook review)

Authors and Interviews

T.A. Barron (Atlantis Rising), at Geo Libraraian (with giveaway), and at Cynsations

Lou Anders (Frostborn), with cover analysis, at Project Mayhem

P.J. Hoover (Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life) at Cynsations

Dianne K. Salerni (The Eight Day) talks about the no-man's land between MG and YA at Project Mayhem

Eden Unger Bowditch (the Young Inventors Trilogy) at Project Mayhem

Roland Smith (Mutation) at Nerdy Book Club

Other Good Stuff:

At Oz and Ends, a look at a myth about Oz's "women in strong leadership roles."

There are two MG fantasy books on the Guardian's children's fiction award shortlist-- Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, and The Dark Wild, by Piers Torday (incidently, my 11 year old nominated the first Torday book, The Last Wild, for the Cybils....he would have picked The Dark Wild, but it'd not eligible yet).

Speaking of the Cybils, now is the time to nominate your favorite books of the past year (Oct 16, 2013- Oct 15, 2014)!  Here's what's been nominated in Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction so far...and there are still lots of worthy books out there that aren't on the list yet (and I have just made a list of some of these, lifted from Kirkus).

And once again this year, Amy at Hope is the Word is organizing an Armchair Cybils so you can play along even if you aren't a panelist.http://www.cybils.com/2014/10/2014-nominations-elementarymiddle-grade-speculative-fiction.html


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