This week's roundup of middle grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs (9/27/20)

Hi all, here's what I found this week; please let me know if I missed your post!  Thanks.

The Reviews

The Candy Mafia, by Lavie Tidhar, at Mom Read It

Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo, at Pop! Goes the Reader

The Clockwork Crow, by Catherine Fisher, at Cracking the Cover

The Chaos Loop (Throwback #2), by Peter Lerangis, at Charlotte's Library

Emily Knight: I am … Becoming, by A. Bello, at Book Craic

The Everafter War (The Sisters Grimm #7) by Michael Buckley, at Say What?

Gargantis, by Thomas Taylor, at Puss Reboots

The Great Brain Robbery by P. G. Bell, at Woodpecker Books

The Great Good Thing, by Roderick Townley, at Ms. Yingling Reads 

Grimm, by Mike Nicholson, at Book Craic

Hide and Seeker, by Daka Hermon, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Invaders, by John Flanagan, at Leaf's Reviews

Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull (Jim Morgan #2), by James Matlack Raney, at S.W. Lothian

Maya and the Rising Dark, by Rena Barron, at Waking Brain Cells and Black Girl Nerds

Minor Mage, by T. Kingfisher, at Puss Reboots

The Monsters of Rookhaven, by Pádraig Kenny, at Book Lover Jo and Library Girl and Book Boy

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover, by Rachel Summer Short, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker (Seanan McGuire), at Falling Letters

Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death, by Thomas Lennon, at Say What?

Scritch Scratch, by Lindsay Currie, at Cracking the Cover

The Sisters of Straygarden Place, by Hayley Chewins, at J.R.'s Book Reviews, Writers' Rumpus, and Rajiv's Reviews

Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger #1), by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen, at Mom Read It and Waking Brain Cells

A Sprinkle of Spirits (Love Sugar Magic #2), by Anna Meriano, at Santana Reads

The Strangers (Greystone Secrets #1), by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Sophie's Corner

Whispering Pines, by Heidi Lang & Kati Bartkowski, at Rajiv's Reviews and The Booksyrm's Den

Wrath of the Dragon King, by Brandon Mull, at Geo Librarian

Authors and Interviews

Padraig Kenny (Monsters of Rookhaven), at A little but a lot

Jacqueline West (Long Lost), at From the Mixed Up Files

Tony DiTerlizzi (Kenny and the Book of Beasts) at From the Mixed Up Files

PJ Gardner (Horace & Bunwinckle) at From the Mixed Up Files

Summer Rachel Short (The Mutant Mushroom Takeover) at MG Book Village

Christiane M. Andrews (Spindlefish and Stars) at From the Mixed Up Files

Rena Barron (Maya and the Rising Dark) at Nerd Daily

Other Good Stuff

"The Golden Key and the Christian Imagination"--a look at George MacDonald, at Redeemed Reader

Strong Fairy Tale Heroines #29: PRINCE HLINI AND SIGNY, at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

Horror books for middle school, at Book Riot, and another list of spooky mg at The Language Arts Coach

On October 1, nominations open for this year's Cybils Awards, and I hope all of you make haste to get your favorite elementary and middle grade speculative fiction books nominated!  At Feed Your Fiction Addiction, here's a look at the books that made the EMG spec fic shortlist last year, from one of the second-round panelists that had to pick just one of them to win!

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