This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs (5/31/15)

Here's this weeks round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs.  Please let me know if I missed your post (I came back from BEA to find almost a thousand posts in my feed reader, so things got a bit blurry......)

The Reviews

The Black Reckoning, by John Stephens, at Jen Robinson's Book Page

The Book that Proves Time Travel Happens, by Henry Clark, at Fan Girl Nation

The Case of the Cursed Dodo, by Jake G. Panda, at This Kid Reviews Books

Castle Hangnail, by Ursula Vernon, at books4yourkids and Finding Wonderland

Circus Mirandus, by Cassie Beasley, at Book Nut and Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

Dr. Critchlore's School For Minions, by Sheila Grau, at Log Cabin Library

The Forgotten Sisters, by Shannon Hale, at Becky's Book Reviews

Fork-Tongue Charmers (Luck Uglies Book 2), by Paul Durham, at Bibliobrit and Charlotte's Library

Graceful, by Wendy Mass, at Not Acting My Age

How I Became a Ghost, by Tim Tingle, at @HomeLibrarian 

Jack, by Liesl Shurtliff, at The Reading Nook Reviews

The Museum of Thieves, by Lian Tanner, at The Bookworm Blog

The Neverending Story, by Michael Endes, at Tor

Nightbird, by Alice Hoffman, at For Those About to Mock

Nightborn, by Lou Anders, at Winter Haven Books

Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, at Becky's Book Reviews

Philippa Fisher and the Fairy's Promise, by Liz Kessler, at Fantasy Literature 

Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs, at That's Another Story

Thornspell, by Helen Lowe, at Leaf's Reviews

The Whisperer, by Fiona McIntosh, at Redeemed Reader

Two at Tales of the Marvelous--The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde, and The Sleeper and the Spindle, by Neil Gaiman

Two at Falling Letters--Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, and The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier

Two at Ms. Yingling Reads--Rebels of the Lamp, by Peter Speakman, and Michael Galvin, and The Demon Curse, by Simon Nicholson

Authors and Interviews

Tracey Babtiste (The Jumbies) talks Paper at Nerdy Book Club 

Dianne K. Salerni (The Eighth Day) talks Reading Choices at Project Mayhem

D.D. Everest (Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret) at Playing by the Book

At From the Mixed Up Files, chats with authors who have bounced from YA to MG

Other Good Stuff

The 52 Story Treehouse, by Andy Griffiths, a fantasy book for kids, is Australia's Book of the Year.

A list of older mg books about kids in space I made for Barnes & Noble Reads (Mars Evacuees, by Sophia McDougal, was my go to MG Sci Fi recommendation at BEA)

Found via Tor--wonderful griffins made from unexpected cat/bird mashups.

And finally, I hope you all have marked your calendars for Kidlitcon 2015! (Oct 9th and 10th, Baltimore).  The call for session proposals is up--please feel free to get in touch with me (in my role as program coordinator) if there's a topic you'd like to speak about, but you feel uncertain about getting a whole panel organized!

And see all these books I brought back from BEA?  Lots of them are going to travel back down the East Coast with me again in October for the Kidlitcon ARC swap.....because carrying impossibly heavy suitcases is a Good Hobby.


  1. I saw you working on your Sunday post at Kidlitcon, so I know you always do a thorough job. For as much middle grade fantasy as is out there, however, you would think there would be more reviews! I've noticed that a lot of my blog feed now is stuff other than reviews, though. Hmmm. Must go read. Getting too contemplative!


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