This week's roundup of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (3/15/15)

Late today with the round-up because of starting a watercolor class at RISD this morning!  Yay me; I am trying to find more things that give me joy, and although it would have given me more joy if the car keys hadn't fallen inside a shoe when I put them down last night (this caused Confusion and Delay) it was fun!  In any event, please let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews

The Aesir Kids, by James Grant Goldin & Charlotte Goldin, at Bitchs n Prose

Beastkeeper, by Cat Hellisen, at The Book Wars

The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Hasell, at Bibliobrit

Copper Magic, by Julia Mary Gibson, at Kid Lit Geek

The Dark Secret (Wings of Fire book 4) by Tui T. Sutherland, at Hidden in Pages

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Challenging the Bookworm

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans, by Laurence Yep and Diane Ryder, at Librarian of Snark

Fairy Tale Reform School, by Jen Calonita, at Mom Read It

Fleabrain Loves Franny, by Joanne Rocklin, at Bookshelves of Doom

Hook's Daughter, by Heidi Schulz, at So Many Books, So Little Time and Readaraptor

How To Catch a Bogle, by Catherine Jenks, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Jumbies, at Views From the Tesseract

The Map to Everywhere, by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis, at Log Cabin Library

Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Ms. Yingling Reads and Pages Unbound

Mars Evacuees, by Sophia McDougall, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Monstrous, by Marcykate Connolly, at Book Nut

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, at Kid Lit Geek

Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller at Literary Hoots

Peter Pan in Scarlet, by Geraldine  McCaughrean at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon

A Question of Magic, by E.D. Baker, at Leaf's Reviews

The Ordinary Princess, by M.M. Kaye, at Redeemed Reader

Story Thieves, by James Riley, at Read Till Dawn and Ms. Yingling Reads

Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Wish Girl, by Nikki Loftin, at Charlotte's Library

Witch Wars, by Sibéal Pounder, at Wondrous Reads

Four Spec Fic Pirate books at School Library Journal

Authors and Interviews

Catheryn M. Valente (theFairyland series) shares her Big Idea at Whatever

Jessica Day George (Tuesdays at the Castle, et seq.) at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Stephanie Burgis (Kat, Incorrigble et seq.) at Strange and Random Happenstance

Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder (A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans) at My Brain on Books

Other Good (?) Stuff

At Reading Rainbow there's a list of 13 Children's books that are helpful for those wishing to raise a reader of science fiction

This is the one that led to the question mark above-- Big Barbie is watching you!  But they're obeying all applicable government regs., so no need to worry.....via Boing Boing

A Tuesday ten of Remarkable Female Protagonists at Views From the Tesseract

And I love xkcd's tribute to Terry Pratchett!


  1. Ah, thanks especially for the link to Valente's essay! I hadn't seen it mentioned anywhere yet. I'm really glad I got to read it, because I was indeed wondering about that question :)

  2. I should tell you that I bought that Owl Diaries book you reviewed for my niece and she loves it! She's been reading it over and over.


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