This week's round up of middle grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs (8/16/20)

Here's what I found this week; do let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

Bone Hollow, by Kim Ventrella, at the Deakin Review of Children's Literature

Class Trip to the Cave of Doom (Dragon Slayers' Academy #3) by Kate McMullan, at Say What?

A Curse of Mayhem (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions #2), by Sunayna Prasad, at She Just Loves Books

The Daring of Della Dupree, by Natasha Lowe, at Charlotte's Library

A Game of Fox & Squirrels, by Jenn Reese, at A Kids Book a Day

The Girl and the Ghost, by Hanna Alkaf, at Books. Iced Lattes. Blessed.

The Girl Who Drank The Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, at Krisha's Cozy Corner

Ghostsitter: A Crazy Inheritance, by Tommy Krappweis, at Hidden in Pages (audiobook review)

The League of Secret Heros, books 1 and 2--Cape, and Mask, by Kate Hannigan, at alibrarymama

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel, by Fleur Bradley, at Charlotte's Library

The Nightmare Next Door, by Joel A. Sutherland, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Nightbooks, by J.A. White, at Never Not Reading

Paris On Repeat, by Amy Bearce, at Middle Grade Minded

 Revenge of the Dragon Lady (Dragon Slayers' Academy #2) by Kate McMullan, at Say What?

Silverswift, by Natalie Lloyd, at Hidden In Pages (audiobook review) and Reading between the Dunes

The Squire’s Quest, by Gerald Morris, at Leaf's Reviews

Switched (Fairy Tale Reform School #4), by Jen Calonita, at Say What?

Tilly and the Lost Fairytales, by Anna James, at Sifa Elizabeth Reads

Time School: We Will Honour Them, by Nikki Young, at Book Craic

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, by Kwame Mbalia, at Young Adulting

The Words of the Wandering (The Crowns of Croswald #3),  by D.E. Night, at Log Cabin Library

Three at Ms. Yingling Reads--A Pinch of Magic, by Michelle Harrison,  Eva Evergreen: Semi Magical Witch. by Julie Abe, Kiki's Delivery Service, by Eiko Kadono, translated by Emily Balistrieri. 

Authors and Interviews

Anika Fajardo (What If a Fish?), at Las Musas

Fleur Bradley (Midnight at the Barclay Hotel) at MG Book Village

Janet Fox (The Artifact Hunters) at Spooky Middle Grade

Other Good Stuff

The Cybils Awards season starts August 19! Anyone who reviews/talks about kids and YA books on line is welcome to apply to be a panelist; I'll share the link as soon as it's up. Here's a post from my archives if you're curious about what it entails--Five reasons to apply to be a Cybils Judge (with particular reference to middle grade spec fic)

Unexpected choices in this top mg fantasy books of 2020 list at Joel's Books

The 2020 Dragon Award Finalists have been announced; here are the YA/MG books:

  • Finch Merlin and the Fount of Youth by Bella Forrest
  • Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
  • Force Collector by Kevin Shinick
  • The Poison Jungle by Tui T. Sutherland
  • Cog by Greg van Eekhout
Strong Fairy Tale Heroines #24: HE WHO LAUGHS AT OTHERS, OTHERS SHALL LAUGH AT HIM, at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

Fox Estacado Arts has created this lovely Harry Potter graphic as a public domain image:


  1. Hi Charlotte. Back in April I posted my middle-grade Steampunk Fantasy novel as a serialized podcast over at https://powersbeyondtheirsteam.com. I'd love it if you checked it out and included it in your next round-up!

    1. Hi Tom, each week I share only what I find that week, so I'm sorry I missed your podcast.


Free Blog Counter

Button styles