This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (4/26/15)

Welcome to another weeks worth of my middle grade sci fi/fantasy gleanings from around the blogs!  Please let me know if I missed your post.

First off--I took the plunge and registered for BEA, and would love to meet up with any of you all who are there too!

The Reviews

The Accidental Keyhand (Ninja Librarians Book 1), by Jen Swann Downey, at Always in the Middle

Alistair Grim's Odditorium, by Gregory Funaro, at The Write Path

Almost Super, by Marion Jensen, at Dead Houseplants

The Bell Between Worlds, by Ian Johnstone, at Our Book Reviews Online

The Case of the Cursed Dodol, by Jake G. Panda, at Nayu's Reading Corner

The Dreamsnatcher, by Abi Elphinstone, at Middle Grade Strikes Back

Gabby Duran and the Unsittables, by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners, at Ms. Yingling Reads, GreenBeanTeenQueen, and The O.W.L.

Genuine Sweet, by Faith Harkney, at The Reading Nook

Graceful, by Wendy Mass, at Read Till Dawn

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel, by Megan Morrison, at This Kid Reviews Books

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healey, at The Paige Turner

House of Secrets, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, at Kid Lit Geek

The Impossible Race, by Chad Morris, at Geo Librarian

The Island of Dr. Libris, by Chris Grabenstein, at Pages Unbound

Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, by Liesl Shurtliff, at Bookish Antics

Jinx's Magic, by Sage Blackwood, at Leaf's Reviews

Joshua Dread, by Lee Bacon, at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

The Long Lost Map, by Pierdomenico Baccalario, at Charlotte's Library

The Luck Uglies, by Paul Durham, at Semicolon

Lucky Strike, by Bobbie Pyron, at Redeemed Reader and In Bed With Books

The Mad Apprentice, by Django Wexler, at The Reading Nook Reviews

Mars Evacuees, by Sophia McDougall, at Views From the Tesseract

Nightbird, by Alice Hoffman, at Cracking the Cover

Pennyroyal Academy, by M.A. Larsen, at Librarian of Snark (audiobook review)

Pip Bartletts Guide to Magical Creatures, by Maggie Stiefater and Jackson Pearce, at A Reader of Fictions

The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell, at Leaf's Reviews

The Rumplestiltskin Problem, by Vivien Vande Velde, at Here There Be Books

Saving Lucas Biggs, by at Rcubed's Reads and Reviews

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd, at Redeemed Reader

Stormbound (Guardian Herd, book 2), by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, at Kid Lit Reviews

The Time Hunters, by Carl Ashmore, at Nayu's Reading Corner

Time of the Fireflys, by Kimberley Griffiths Little, at Michelle I. Mason

The Trap, by Stephan Artnson, at BooksForKidsBlog

Travel To Tomorrow, by Angela Sage Larsen, at Time Travel Times Two

Twintuition: Double Vision by Tia and Tamara Mowry. at The Reading Nook Reviews

Valient, by Sarah McGuire, at Hidden In Pages
Villain Keeper, by Laurie McKay, at Nerdophiles

The Water and the Wild, by K.E. Ormshee, at Welcome to My (New)Tweendom and Kid Lit Reviews

Wolf’s-own: Ghost , by Carole Cummings, at Reader Girls

Two at Ms. Yingling Reads-- Evil Spy School, by Stuart Gibbs, and Before Tomorrowland, by Jeff Jensen et al.

And two more at Ms. Yingling Reads--Castle Hangnail, by Ursula Vernon, and Amulet Keeper, by Michael Northrup

Authors and Interviews

"I was a weird kid" by Ursula Vernon, at Nerdy Book Club

Abi Elphinstone (The Dreamsnatcher) at The Big Book Project

Django Wexler (The Mad Apprentice) at The Children's Book Review, The Hidding Spot, and The Reading Nook Reviews

Bobbie Pyron (Lucky Strike) at In Bed With Books

K.E. Ormsbee (The Water and the Wild) at Cracking the Cover

Other Good Stuff

A Tuesday Ten of Bunnies at Views From the Tesseract

A look at magical objects in middle grade fiction at Middle Grade Strikes Back

Once Upon a Blog visits the Totoro forest Project

A lovely detailed look at re-reading The Magician's Nephew at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

And finally, for Moomin fans--the tv series from 1969 can now be watched on line!


  1. It's brief, but in today's Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week I write about the slightly fantastical Henrietta's House (with chance to win a copy!): http://www.emeraldcitybookreview.com/2015/04/elizabeth-goudge-reading-week-visit-to.html

  2. Ooh, lots of good stuff here - and thankyou for mentioning Narnia at Steel Thistles.

  3. I couldn't work up the enthusiasm for BEA-- no speakers I wanted to hear. Maybe next year!


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