This weeks middle grade sci fi/fantasy round-up (March 1, 2015)

Here's the first MG sff round up of "Sring", typed with freezing fingers and 5 more inches of snow expected....please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

Airborn, by Kenneth Oppell, at Leaf's Reviews

Allistair Grim's Oddituorium, by Gregory Funaro, at Le' Grande Codex

The Arctic Cold, by Matthew Kirby, at The Social Potato

Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, at @Home Librarian

Beaskeeper, by Cat Hellisen at The Book Smugglers

The Box and the Dragonfly, by Ted Sanders, at Librarian of Snark

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente, at On Starships and Dragonwings (giveaway) and A Reader of Fictions

The Case of the Cursed Dodo, by Jake G. Panda, at Log Cabin Library

The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Haskell, at Book Nut

Chasing the Prophecy, by Brandon Mull, at One Librarians Book Reviews

The Courage of Cat Campbell, by Natasha Lowe, at Charlotte's Library

The Dragon of Rom, by John Seven, at Time Travel Times Two

The Dream Catcher, by Monica Hughes, at Tor

The Everyday Witch, by Sandra Forrester at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon
Finding Serendipity, by Angelica Banks, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

The Forgotten Sisters, by Shannon Hale, at In Bed With Books, Sonderbooks, and A Reader of Fictions

Greenglass House, by Kate Milford, at Bibliobrit

The Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire book 3) by Tui T. Sutherland at Hidden in Pages

The Hunt for the Hydra, by Jason Fry, at Book Nut

Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at books4yourkids

The Imaginary, by A. F. Harrold, at thenerdypanda, Ms. Yingling Reads, Shae Has Left the RoomA Reader of Fictions, and Great Imaginations

The Incredible Space Raiders from Space, by Wesley King, at Ms. Yingling Reads

James and the Dragon, by Theresa Snyder at Dab of Darkness (audiobook review)

K-9 (Knightly and Son 2), by Rohan Gavin, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Lost Castle Treasure, by Don W. Winn, at This Kid Reviews Books

Lucky Strike, by Bobbie Pyon, at Charlotte's Library

The Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer Nielsen, at In Bed With Books

Monstrous by Marcykate Connoly at The Book Smugglers

The Nethergrim, by Matthew Jobin, at Word Spelunking

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, at That's Another Story

Nightbird, by Alice Hoffman, at So Little Time for Books

Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, at @HomeLibrarian

A Posse of Princesses, by Sherwood Smith, at Here There Be Books

The Rescuers, by Margery SHarp, at @HomeLibrarian

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

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd, at My Brain on Books

Smek for President, by Adam Rex, at Wands and Worlds

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd, at Log Cabin Library

Story Thieves, by James Riley, at Read Love

The Swallow, by Charis Cotter, at Book Nut

The True Meaning of Smek Day, by Adam Rex, at Tales of the Marvellous

Witherwood Reform School, by Obert Skye, at The Book Monsters, The Hiding Spot, and Manga Maniac Cafe (both with giveaways)

Five books about "nonsense and disorientation" at Tor

Authors and Interviews

Abi Elphinstone (The Dreamsnatcher) at Wondrous Reads and The Book Zone (for boys)

Stuart Gibbs (Space Case) at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Jerry Craft (The Offenders) at 28 Days Later

Pam Muñoz Ryan (Echo) at School Library Journal

Nikki Loftin (Wish Girl) and Tracy Holczer (The Secret Hum of a Daisy) talk sad, dark, and twisty MG at Nerdy Book Club

Steve Bryant (Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show) at The A.P. Book Club (giveaway)

M. T. Anderson at Boing Boing

Dorinne at shares breaking Fablehaven new straight from the mouth of Brandon Mull at The Write Path

Other Good Stuff

A Tuesday Ten of off world Adventure at Views from the Tesseract, and another Tuesday Ten of Off World Adventure also at V. from the T.

I enjoy it when Sondy takes a look at middle grade fantasy translated into German--this week she took a look at Jinx, by Sage Blackwood

The Shortlistts of the Aurealis Awards (Australian spec. fic.) have been announced; here are the books in the children's  category:
Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband #4 by John Flanagan (Random House Australia)
  • Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy by Karen Foxlee (Hot Key Books)
  • The Last Viking Returns by Norman Jorgensen and illustrated by James Foley (Fremantle Press)
  • Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell (ABC Books)
  • Sunker’s Deep: The Hidden #2 by Lian Tanner (Allen & Unwin)
  • Shadow Sister: Dragon Keeper #5 by Carole Wilkinson (Black Dog Books)

  • and just in case you need more books to read, here's a look at the must read middle grade books of February at Project Mayhem


    1. Thank you so much for the Brandon Mull news, I have a kiddo who will be thrilled.

    2. A belated thank you for including my review of Smek for President!


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