This week's round-up of middle grade science fiction and fantasy from around the blogs (10/8/17)

Welcome to this week's gathering of middle grade sci fi/fantasy goodness!  Please let me know if I missed your post.

First--nominations for the Cybils Awards are open.  Any kids book published in the US or Canada between Oct 16 2016 and October 15 2017 is eligible, and anyone can nominate. There are lots of great mg sci fi/fantasy books that haven't found their champions yet! I've made two lists-a long list here, and one that specifically lists diverse books here.  I've also starred the books reviewed this week that are eligible and haven't been nominated yet.

The Reviews

*The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos, at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers and Book Briefs

Brave Red, Smart Frog, by Emily Jenkins, at  Sharon the Librarian and Waking Brain Cells

The Case of the Cursed Dodo, by Jake G. Panda, at Log Cabin Library (audiobook review)

Cry of the Icemark, by Stuart Hill, at Sydne Marie Gernaat

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, by Stephanie Burgis, at alibrarymama

Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller, at Waking Brain Cells

The Empty Grave, by Jonathan Stroud, at Hidden in Pages

*A Face Like Glass, by Frances Hardinge, at Semicolon

Fortune Falls, by Jenny Goebel, at The Shannon Messenger Fan Club

*Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford, at Charlotte's Library and BooksForKidsBlog

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, at Alexa Loves Books

A Handful of Time, by Kit Pearson, at Time Travel Times Two

*Into the Shadowlands (book 2 of Monsters or Die) by Cynthia Reeg, at Always in the Middle

*The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street, by Lindsay Currie, at Ms. Yingling Reads

*The Ship of the Dead, by Rick Riordan, at B. and N. Kids Blog

Sorcery for Beginners, by Matt Harry, at Geek Mom

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, at Redeemed Reader

*Thornhill, by Pam Smy at proseandkahn and The NY Times  

 *Toto-The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz, by Michael Morpurgo, at Always in the Middle

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor book 1) by Jessica Townsend, at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books and divabooknerd

Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, at Leaf's Reviews

Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate, at Lu and Bean Read

*The Wizards of Once, by Cressida Cowell, at B.and N. Kids Blog

*The Wonderling by Mira Bartok, at Mrsreadsbooks

*The World's Greatest Adventure Machine by Frank L. Cole, at The Write Path

Three at Ms Yingling reads-- Sven Carter and the Trashmouth Effect, by Rob Vlock, The Empty Grave, by Jonathan Stroud, Ship of the Dead, by Rick Riordan

Authors and Interviews

Nnedi Okorafor (*Akata Warrior) at the NY Times 

Laurie McKay (Villain Keeper series, most recently *Realm Breaker) at Boys Rule, Boys Read

Other Good Stuff

A great list of spooky MG for Halloween at Batch of Books

A look at some new fantasy in the UK at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books

The Terror of Trees, at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

"A Wrinkle in Time star: 'It means everything to be a girl of color' and play lead role" at EW

"Giant straw animals invade Japan" via Bored Panda

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