This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (1/3/16)

Happy New Year!  I hope 2016 is a kind, gentle year, with enough to keep us busy without taxing our strength too terribly much.  Here's the first round-up of the year; please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum, by Gregory Funaro, at Please Feed the Bookworm

Chase Tinker and the House of Magic, by Malia Ann Haberman, at Always in the Middle

Finders Keepers, by Dorothy A. Winsor, at Nerdophiles

The Girl With the Silver Eyes, by Wilo Davis Roberts, at Views from the Tesseract

Hoodoo, by Ronald L. Smith, at Charlotte's Library

Keeper, by S. Smith, at This Kid Reviews Books

The League of Seven (League of Seven, 1) by Alan Gratz, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Long Road To Freedom, by Kate Messner, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, by Liesl Shurtliff, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

The Shrunken Head, by Lauren Oliver, at Jump Into Books

Sword of Summer, by Rick Riordan, at On Starships and Dragonwings

Under Their Skin, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Read Till Dawn

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones, at Sonderbooks

Witch Wars by Sibeal Pounder, at Pages Unbound Reviews

Two at alibrarymama--I’m with Cupid by Anna Staniszewski and Shadows of Sherwood (Robyn Hoodlum Book 1) by Kekla Magoon

and a whole slew of them at Librarian of Snark

Authors and Interviews

Alison McGhee (Firefly Hollow) at MPR News

Other Good Stuff

The finalists for the Cybils Awards have been announced; here's the Elementary/Middle Grade  Speculative Fiction list.

The Middle Grade Nerdies have also been announced, and include a nice smattering of sci fi/fantasy (interestingly with no overlap with the Cybis MG Spec Fic Shortlist)

The greatest Lemony Snicket quotes ever gathered at The Guardian

News of a lovely-sounding orphan illustration exhibit in London, via the Guardian, with fantasy well represented.

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