This Sunday's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction

Here are the reviews and miscellaneous items of interest pertaining to middle grade (9-12 year olds) science fiction and fantasy, gathered from around the blogosphere. Please let me know if I missed your posts!

Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George, at Fantasy Book Review

Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld (for the upper limit of mg) at In Need of Chocolate.

Odd and the Frost Giants, at Book Nut

Spellbinder, by Helen Stringer, at Book Addiction.

The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance (Candleman, Book 1), by Glenn Dakin, at One Librarians' Book Reviews.

Tentacles, by Roland Smith, at Charlotte's Library.

Unfinished Angel, by Sharon Creech, at Mama Librarian

Jill, at the O.W.L., takes a look at the Alfred Kropp Series

Calamity Jack, by Shannon and Dean Hale, was on tour this week, at Whispers of Dawn, Reading is My Superpower, Fireside Musings, Through the Looking Glass Book Review , Booking Mama, Cafe of Dreams, Becky’s Book Reviews, The Hungry Readers, The Friendly Book Book, My Own Little Corner of the World, Book Blather, GreenBeanTeenQueen, Book Crumbs , Abby (the) Librarian, Dolce Belleza, Homeschoolbuzz.com, The Book Cellar, Carrie’s YA Bookshelf, Bookshelf Monstrosity, Everyday Reading, Frenetic Reader, KidzBookBuzz.com, Maw Books

And here's a teaser of a review from the Times Online (UK not NY) about two mg fantasy books that aren't out here in the US yet--The 13 Curses, by Michelle Harrison, and Rebel, by R.J. Anderson. Both are sequels, to The 13 Treasures and Knife, aka Fairy Rebels, respectively. The 13 Treasures, which won the Waterstone Children's Book Prize last year, will be released here in the US by Little Brown in March (and I just picked up an ARC of it at ALA!)

Speaking of the Waterstone Children's Book Prize, here are the books shortlisted this year, winner to be announced Feb. 10.

And speaking of ALA (the American Library Association), I went up to Boston yesterday and spent a very happy time in the exhibits hall, squeeing left and right as my bags grew heavier (mainly with middle grade fantasy--The Magic Thief: Found (coming in June); Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs (coming February); A Wizard of Mars, by Diane Duane (coming in April), and lots lots more...).


  1. If it were anyone but you scooping up all those mg sff ARCs, I would be so jealous--but I know I can count on you to give us the details.

    Now off to read the review of Rebel. I hope it's good (review and book).

  2. I've got Dragon Slippers, Tentacles, Odd and the Frost Giants on my TBR list. Thanks for the links and for including my review.

  3. Thank you, Sarah!

    And Anamaria, I will share with you when I come down to Arlington next!

  4. Maybe for ALA Annual -- it's in DC this year!

  5. Thanks for mentioning my review. I'm super jealous of your visit to ALA. I'm dying to get to a conference, but it seems that they are always too far away. East coast is not possible for me and my schedule (and my pocket book) right now. Though, I am hoping for DC this summer. I can always dream, right?


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