This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (12/13/15)

Mid December greetings to you all!  Here's what I found in my blog reading this week; please let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews

The Bromeliad Trilogy, by Terry Pratchett, at Nerdy Book Club

Cupcakes vs. Brownies (Zimmah Chronicles #1), by Scott King, at Candace's Book Blog

Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver & H.C. Chester, at Geo Librarian

Battle at Tenochtitlan (Diego's Dragon #3), by Kevin Gerard, at Always in the Middle

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans, by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder, at Book Nut

The Dragon of the Month Club, by Iain Reading, at Kid Lit Reviews

Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls, by Liz Kessler, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Escape from Baxter's Barn, by Rebecca Bond, at Becky's Book Reviews

Faces of the Dead, by Suzanne Weyn, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy 3), by Shannon Hale, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

The Girl Who Could Not Dream, by Sarah Beth Durst, at Charlotte's Library

The Giver, by Lois Lowry, deconstructed by Catherine Faris King at The Book Smugglers

The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, at Please Feed the Bookworm

The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley, at alibarymama

How to Fight a Dragon's Fury, by Cressida Cowell, at Read Till Dawn

Jack, by Liesl Shurtliff, at Book Nut

Lilliput, by Sam Gayton, at Book Nut

Mars Evacuees, by Sophia McDougall, at Book Nut

Moon Rising (Wings of Fire #6), by Tui T. Sutherland, at Book Nut

My Diary from the Edge of the World, by Jodi Lynn Anderson, at Charlotte's Library

The Nest, by Kenneth Oppel, at The Book Wars

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary, at Pages Unbound Reviews

The Poe Estate, by Polly Shulman, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Project Alpha, by D.J. MacHale, at Read Till Dawn

SandRider, by Angie Sage, at Charlotte's Library

Seraphina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty, at Tianna Holley

Seven Dead Pirates, by Linda Bailey, at Buxton's Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels

Upside-Down Magic, by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins, at  Fantasy of the Silver Dragon

The Worlds Traveler, by M. L. Roble, at Bean's Bookshelf and Coffee Break and Fiction and Film

Authors and Interviews

Tracey Baptiste talks about The Jumbies in a podcast at The Yarn

Catherynne M. Valente (The Fairyland books) at Fantasy Magazine

Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robin (The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow) at SA Larsen

Other Good Stuff

A lovely look at The Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin, by David Mitchell at The Guardian

If you are still shopping for presents for the space geek in your life, Buzzfeed has a very tempting list of suggestions.  So tempting that I ordered this shirt for my 12 year old:

I also find the knitted baby black hole tremendously appealing:


  1. So many great books and bookish things to check out! Thanks for sharing this list and for including our author interview on it. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

  2. That baby black hole is too cute. I want it.


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