This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (9/6/15)

Happy Labor Day weekend!  Here's what I have for you this week; please let me know if I missed your link.

The Reviews

Alistair Grim's Odditorium, by Gregory Funaro, at Geo Librarian

Backyard Witch: Sadie's Story, by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge, at Books Together

Beneath, by Roland Smith, at Guys Lit Wire

The Copper Gauntlet, by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, at The Book Wars

Crown of Three, by J.D. Rinehart, at Log Cabin Library

A Curious Tale of the In-Between, by Lauren DeStefano, at Cracking the Cover

Diary of a Mad Brownie, by Bruce Coville, at Books Together

Fierce Winds and Fiery Dragons, by Nan Sweet, at Cindy Reads A Lot

The Glass Gauntlet, by Carter Roy, at Buxton's Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels

Heroes of the Dustbin (Janitors #5), by Tyler Whitesides, at Geo Librarian

Hoodoo, by Roland L. Smith, at Laurisa White Reyes

The House on Stone's Throw Island, by Dan Pobloki, at Charlotte's Library

The Ice Dragon, by George R.R. Martin, at Pages Unbound

The Irish Wizard, by Avril Sabine, at Nayu's Reading Corner

The Magic Thief: Lost, by Sarah Prineas, at Leaf's Reviews

A Nearer Moon, by Melanie Crowder, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, at Word Spelunking

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures, by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater, at Readaraptor

The Pirate Code, by Heidi Schulz, at The Daily Prophecy and Log Cabin Library

Redeemed (The Missing, Book 8), by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Read Till Dawn

School for Sidekicks, by Kelly McCullogh, at The Reading Nook Reviews

The  Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at Sonderbooks (audiobook review)

The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow, by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson, at This Kid Reviews Books

Seven Dead Pirates, by Linda Bailey, at School Library Journal

The Sixty-eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone, at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon

Space Hostages (Mars Evacuees #2), by Sophia McDougall, at The Book Smugglers

The Vanishing Island, by Barry Wolverton, at books4yourkids

Wild Robert, by Dianna Wynne Jones, at Charlotte's Library

Two at Ms. Yingling Reads:  Hoodoo, by Ronald Smith, and Took, by Mary Downing Hahn

And another two at Ms. Yingling Reads:  The Flintwood Factor, by Pete Hautman, and Shadows of Sherwood, by Kekla Magoon

Two at Postcards from La-la Land-- Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, and The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt

Three at SLJ--Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty, The Nest, by Kenneth Oppel, and The Disappearance of Emily H., by Barrie Summy

Authors and Interviews

Roland Smith (Hoodoo) at Literary Rambles

Lauren DeStefano (A Curious Tale of the In-Between) at Nerdy Book Club and Fuse #8

Other Good Stuff

A Tuesday 10 of 2015's animal fantastic, at Views from the Tesseract and another of Fractured Fairytales

The deadline to apply to be a Cybils judge is the 9th of September, which is this Wednesday; all of you whose blogs appear in these round-ups might want to apply to be panelists in the best category of all (maybe)--Middle Grade Speculative Fiction.  Though there is also YA speculative fiction, where the books are longer and there are more to read (they get about 200 nominations in YA, we get about 150 in MG).  In particular, YA non fiction and Book apps could use a few more interested people.  More information from me can be found here, and here's where you apply.


  1. I finally have some middle grade reviews posted! Middle Grade Round Up

  2. I like the animal fantasy lis t- I was a huge fan as a kid.


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