This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (6/7/15)

I am (I hope) almost recovered from a lot of book moving in the past two weeks--first at BEA, and then while setting up my library's book sale (it still has to be put away, so the book moving is not over yet......).    But what with one thing and another, I just zoomed through about 1000 blog posts in the past 24 hours, extracting the middle grade sci fi/fantasy posts as best I could.  Please let me know if I missed yours! (or anyone elses, for that matter...)
The Reviews

The Artemis Fowl series, by Eoin Colfer, at The Book Wars

Banneker Bones and the Giant Robot Bees, by Robert Kent, at Charlotte's Library

Beastkeeper, by Cat Hellison, at Falling Letters

The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander, at Becky's Book Reviews

Castle Merlin, by Ursula Moray Williams, at Charlotte's Library

Circus Mirandus, by Cassie Beasley, at Librarin of Snark

Darkmouth, by Shane Hegarty, at Nerdophiles

Dark Life, and RipTide, by Kat Falls, at Librarian of Snark

The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy, at The Reading Nook Reviews and proseandkahn

Dragons at Crumbling Castle, by Terry Pratchett, at Redeemed Reader

The Dungeoneers, by John David Anderson, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Echo, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, at proseandkahn (audiobook review)

A Face Like Glass, by Frances Hardinge, at Charlotte's Library

The Fairy-Tale Detectives, by Michael Buckley, at Leaf's Reviews

Fork-Tongue Charmers, by Paul Durham, at Geo Librarian

The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman, at A Fantastical Librarian

Greetings from the Graveyard, by Kate Klise, at Geo Librarian

The Imaginary, by A.F. Harrold, at Cracking the Cover

Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Leaf's Reviews

The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge, at The Book Wars

Lucky Strike, by Bobbie Pyron, at Read Till Dawn

The Magic Pudding, by Norman Lindsay, at Becky's Book Reviews

Monstrous, by MarcyKate Connolly, at Dee's Reads

Nightbird, by Alice Hoffman, at books4yourkids and Through Raspberry Colored Glasses

North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler, at Cindy Reads A Lot

Ratscaliber, by Josh Lieb, at books4yourkids

The Unmapped Sea, by Maryrose Woods, at Sonderbooks

Valiant, by Sarah McGuire, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Water and the Wild, by K.E. Ormsbee, at This Kid Reviews Books

Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson, at Leaf's Reviews

Authors and Interviews

Stacy DeKeyser (One Witch at a Time) at Nerdy Book Club

Cassie Beasley (Circus Mirandus) at Project Mayhem

John David Anderson (The Dungeoneers) shares the essential components of being a Rogue at Maria's Melange

Dan Davis (White Wind Rising), at Carpinello's Writing Pages

Rebecca Stead on "Why Writers Write" at the SCBWI Blog

P.S. Mokha (The Last Sanctuary) at Capinello's Writing Pages

Other Good Stuff

The movie version of When Marnie Was There, a classic English time slip book, is out now from Studio Ghibli; here's my review of the original book.

At Middle Grade Strikes Back, a fun quiz--can you identify these ten MG spec fic books by their first few lines?


  1. Ooh, I'll have to see the new Studio Ghibli movie!

  2. Thanks so much for adding me to your list! I really appreciate this! (IT RHYMED! IT RHYMED! Gosh, I'm such a nerd...) Thanks again! :-)



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