Here are the middle grade fantasy and sci fi posts I found in my combing of book blogs this week; please let me know if I missed yours!
Alcatraz VS The Evil Librarians, by Brandon Sanderson, at Lunar Rainbows
The Beginner's Guide to Curses: Spellchasers 1, by Lari Don, at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books
The Big Dark, by Rodman Philbrick, at Say What?
The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase, by Wendy Mass, at Say What?
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, by Janet Fox, at Leaf's Reviews
The Curse of the Were-Hyena, by Bruce Hale, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Darkstalker, by Tui T. Sutherland, at Charlotte's Library
The Forgotten Sisters,by Shannon Hale, at Reading Violet
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, at Lazy Day Literature
Grayling's Song, by Karen Cushman, at the NY Times, and Cracking the Cover
The Hidden Oracle, by Rick Riordan, at Book Munchies
The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz, at Fuse #8
The Knights of Crystallia (Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians #3), by Brandon Sanderson, at Geo Librarian
The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez, by Robin Yardi, at Jean Little Library
The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price, by Jennifer Maschari, at Randomly Reading
School of the Dead, by Avi, at Say What?
Serafina and the Twisted Staff, by Robert Beatty, at The Book Smugglers
The Seventh Wish, by Kate Messner, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile, Charlotte's Library, and Welcome to My (New) Tweendom
The Silver Bowl, by Diane Stanley, at Leaf's Reviews
Thor: Dueling with Giants, by Keith R.A. DeCandido, at Diary of a Reading Addict
The Voyage to Magical North, by Claire Fayers,at On Starships and Dragonwings and Barnes and Noble Kids Blog
The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown, at Waking Brain Cells
Zahrah the Windseeker, by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, at @HomeLibrarian
Authors and Interviews
Bontle Senne (Shadow Chasers Book 1: Powers of the Knife), at The Book Fairy's Haven (a South African debut)
Serafina and the Black Cloak and Serafina and the Twisted Staff, by Robert Beatty, at The Book Smugglers
Other Good Stuff
Not much other good stuff in this sad, sad week. But here's what I have.
The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize long list is up, and even though it's not middle grade, I am in love with this cover in particular (it's an Othello retelling in space).
Kidlitcon 2016 is coming this October in Wichita, Kansas! Kidlitcon is a conference of book bloggers and others interested in wide-ranging conversations about children's books. This year's theme is Gatekeepers and Keymasters: Connecting bloggers, librarians, teachers, authors, and parents to promote literacy. The call for presenters is currently open; if you would like to be part of a panel, but don't feel ready to organize one yourself, please sent me an email (charlotteslibrary at gmail dot com) to let me know what you might be interested in talking about!
And also on the horizon are the Cybils Awards, given by bloggers. Now is the time to start thinking about applying to be a panelist--it is open to all bloggers, and we welcome new folks! So get your sample posts ready for the category of your choosing. Here's a Cybils information post I did last year. All of you who's blogs regularly appear in these round ups--do consider applying in Middle Grade Speculative Fiction (the category for which I am organizer). It is lots of fun.