This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (2/7/2016)

Welcome to this week's round up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs! Please let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews

The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated byTerry Denton, at Sharon the Librarian

The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn, by Sam Gayton, at A Throne of Books

The Alchemist's Theorem, by Margaret R. Chiavetta, at Leaf's Reviews

Alistair Grim’s Odd Aquaticum, by Gregory Funaro, at Fantasy Literature

Behind the Canvas, by Alexander Vance, at Sharon the Librarian

Beyond the Door (Time Out of Time, 1) by Maureen Doyle McQuerry, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

The Buccaneer's Code, by Caroline Carlson, at This Kid Reviews Books

Cart and Cwidder, by Diana Wynne Jones, at The Book Smugglers

A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans, by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder, at Word Spelunking

The Dragon's Return (Zodiac Legacy Book 2), by Stan Lee at Barnes & Noble Kids Blog

Escaping Peril, by Tui T.Sutherland, at Hidden In Pages

The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, at Buxton's Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels

Games Wizards Play, by Diane Duane, at BooksForKidsBlog and Barnes & Noble Kid's Blog

The Golden Vendetta, by Tony Abbott, at Boys Rule Boys Read!

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

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw, by Christopher Healy, at The Book Wars

The Icebound Land, by John Flannagan, at Buxton's Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels

The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge, at School Library Journal

The Night Parade, by Kathryn Tanquary, at The Book Wars and Book Swoon

Quest Maker (The Last Dragon Charmer #2) by Laurie McKay, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Runaway King, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, at Buxton's Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels

Secrets of the Dragon Tomb, by Patrick Samphire, at Charlotte's Library

The Shadow Thone, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, at Buxton's Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels

Shipwreck Island, by S.A. Bodeen, at Buxton's Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels

Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den, by Aimee Carter, at On Starships and Dragonwings, The Reader Bee, and Barnes & Noble Kids Blog

Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs, at The Book Smugglers

Stopping for a Spell: Three Magical Fantasies by Diana Wynne Jones, at Back to Books

Time Travelling with a Hamster, by Ross Welford, at The Book Smugglers

The Tune Is in the Tree, by Maud Hart Lovelace, at Semicolon

The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons, by Barbara Mariconda, at Leaf's Reviews

Three at alibrarymama--Moon Rising, by Tui T. Sutherland, Valiant, by Sarah McGuire, and The Toymaker's Apprentice, by Sherri L. Smith

Authors and Interviews

Aimée Carter (Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den) at Nerdy Book Club and The Book Cellar

Danika Dinsmore (Narine of Noe), at Dead Houseplants

Jim C. Hines (currently at work on his first MG) on representation at Paranormal

Other Good Stuff

The characters of Harry Potter  have been anime-afied, via Tor

And you've probably already seen J.K. Rowling's new information about her wizarding world

A Wrinkle in Time mapped, at Tor

A Tuesday Ten on Mars, at Views from the Tesseract

There's a kickstarter going to help fund The Worlds of Ursula Le Guin documentary

(I've been blogging for nine years now, and have done this round up over 300 times, which is a lot of work (what with searching through well over a thousand blog posts every week to find the links).  So I went ahead and added the "buy me coffee" button over on the right, though I have conflicting feelings about it....)


  1. So cool on the Kickstarter! Looking forward to checking out the reviews you've linked to. But first...finishing up CHARMED. Am in fairytale heaven I must say.

  2. The Lie Tree is wonderful, but is historical fiction, can't recall any fantasy. Is it being marketed that way?

    1. Oh! Thanks. I haven't read it, and haven't been reading reviews real closely (because of wanting to read it fresh-ish) and just defaulted to Hardginge = fantasy...

  3. I think you deserve at least a cup of coffee, and I'll see what I can do about it when I have a little more time. In the meantime, thanks for linking to my review of The Tune Is in the Tree. I also wrote a review last week of The Nargun and the Stars by Patricia Wrightson, also a fantasy story from the well-known Australian author. If you've not read it, I think you might like it, Charlotte.

    1. Thanks! I will put Nargun in next Sunday.


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