This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (2/22/15)

Another week, another snowfall, another round-up!  Please let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews

Alistair Grim's Odditorium, by Gregory Funaro, at My Precious

Beast Keeper, by Lucy Coats, at Charlotte's Library

Beastkeeper, by Cat Hellisen, at The Quite Concert

Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand, by R.S. Mellette, at Log Cabin Library

The Blackhope Enigma, by Teresa Flavin, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

The Boundless, by Kenneth Oppel, at Challenging the Bookworm

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente, at The Book Monsters (with giveaway)

The Boys of Blur, by N.D. Wilson, at Book Nut

The Bravest Princess, by E.D. Baker, at Leaf's Reviews

The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Haskell, at Librarian of Snark

The Chosen Prince, by Diane Stanley, at Shae Has Left the Room

Copper Magic, by Julia Mary Gibson, at The Book Wars

The Dreamsnatcher, by Abi Elphinstone, at So Little Time For Books 

Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan, at The Social Potato and Waking Brain Cells

Finding Serendipity, by Angelica Banks, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Greenglass House, by Kate Milford, at Librarian of Snark

Hunt for the Hydra, by Jason Fry, at Librarian of Snark

The Imaginary, by A.F. Harrold, at Fan Girl Nation 

The Inquisitor's Mark, by Dianne K. Salerni, at This Kid Reviews Books

The Iron Trial, by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, at The Flashlight Reader

The Last Wild, and its sequel, The Dark Wild, by Piers Torday, at Wands and Worlds

The Lost City, by J. and P. Voekel, at Charlotte's Library (with giveaway)

The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire book 2), by Tui T. Sutherland, at Hidden In Pages

The Luck Uglies, by Paul Durham, at Bibliobrit, Librarian of Snark, and Book Nut

Nuts to You, by Lynne Rae Perkins, at Book Nut

One Witch at a Time, by Stacy DeKeyser, at Small Review and Word Spelunking

The Orphan and the Mouse, by Martha Freeman, at Hope Is the Word

The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at Bart's Bookshelf 

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd, at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs, at The Bookworm Blog

The Squire's Tale, by Gerald Morris, at Story Time Secrets

The Swallow, by Charis Cotter, at Librarian of Snark

The Witch's Boy, by Kelly Barnhill, at 3 Boys and a Novel

The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence, by Stan Lee et al., at The Story Goes...

Authors and Interviews

Nikki Loftin (Wish Girl) at Nerdy Book Club

Natalie Lloyd (A Snicker of Magic) at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Shannon Hale (The Forgotten Sisters) at Publishers Weekly

P. Voekel (The Lost City--Jaguar Stones 4) at Charlotte's Library (with giveaway)

Other Good Stuff

Ten classical elements that sci fi/fantasy is built on, at Tor

The graphic novel version of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass comes out in the US this September!  (via Educating Alice)

At The Guardian:   "It’s been 50 years since Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang spluttered into the world. Now Ian’s nephew Fergus gives us a potted version of the original book – gloriously illustrated by John Burningham."

And for more graphic goodness, here's a look at Gabriel Pacheco's illustrations for a new edition of The Jungle Book at Once Upon a Blog.

The Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy shortlisted books are:

Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House)
Salvage, Alexandra Duncan (Greenwillow)
Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, A.S. King (Little, Brown)
Dirty Wings, Sarah McCarry (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Greenglass House, Kate Milford (Clarion)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton (Candlewick)

all the other lists can be seen here


  1. I reviewed Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand a slightly complex story, filled with contemplation, magic and science.

  2. That's a pretty good shortlist! (And I love that there is some Cybils overlap!)

    1. Me too! (the only one I've read, though, is Greenglass House....)

  3. Hi Charlotte! I just stumbled upon your blog (by way of your fairy tale reviews) and I have to say, you have a great site. :] I'm glad I found you!


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