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

Here's this week's round-up of reviews and sundry other things relevant to middle-grade science fiction and fantasy ("middle grade" being books for 9-12 year olds).

The Reviews:

Calamity Jack, by Shannon and Dean Hale (2010), at Fantasy Book Critic.

The Celestial Globe (The Chronus Chronicles Book 2), by Marie Rutkoski, at The HappyNappyBookseller, Fantasy Book Critic, and Charlotte's Library.

Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper, and Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi, at Book Nut.

The Boy who Climbed into the Moon, by David Almond (2010) at Madhouse Family Reviews.

Brigitta of the White Forest, by Danika Dinsmore (2010), at Lori Calabrese

Crossing Over (Suddenly Supernatural Book 4), by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (2010), at Beyond Books

Foiled, by Jane Yolen (2010), at Book Dragon and Book Aunt.

The Halfmen of O, by Maurice Gee (1982) at Once, oh marvellous once

The Midnight Curse, by L.M. Falcone (2010) and The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen, by Myron Levoy (2000), at Suite 101.

The Magic Pudding, by Norman Lindsay(1918, reprinted 1985) at Giraffe Days.

The Owl-Keeper, by Christine Brodien-Jones (2010), at Typing with My Toes, and Searching for a Good Read.

Princess of Glass, by Jessica Day George (2010, a YA/Mg cross-over) at Becky's Book Reviews.

The Sixty-eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone (2010), at Fantasy Literature.

Tollins, by Conn Iggulden (2009), at Pickled Bananas.

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus, by R.L. LaFevers (2010), at Book Aunt.

The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner, at Becky's Book Reviews (and Becky goes on to talk about the next two books in the series, which are more YA, in subsequent posts)

Thomas and the Dragon Queen, by Shutta Crum (coming this summer), a Galley Talk at Publisher's Weekly.

A Wizard of Mars, by Diane Duane, at Charlotte's Library.

N.D. Wilson's trilogy (The 100 Cupboards, Dandelion Fire, and The Chestnut King), at Book Aunt.


Megan Whalen Turner, author of The Thief et al., at Publisher's Weekly.
Danika Dinsmore, author of Brigitta of the White Forest, at Lori Calabrese.

Misc. Cool Stuff:

Nymeth answers "A fantasy reader's frequently asked questions" at Things Mean a Lot, and The Spectacle poses the question "Why are scary books popular?"

Book Scout has an interesting post on the thoughts of a Percy Jackson fan considering The Goddess Girls.

The short list for the Carnegie Awards includes a few fantasy books (I myself am very eager indeed to read Fever Crumb):
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
The Ask and the Answer, by Patrick Ness
Nation, by Terry Pratchett
Fever Crumb, by Philip Reeve

And finally, the folks at The Enchanted Inkpot are having a fabulous Birthday Giveaway! And so is Cleverly Inked (it's a realy WOW of a giveaway!!!)

And I think that's it for today...let me know, please, if I missed your post, or if you saw something in your own blog reading that I should include!


  1. aww, Thomas and the Dragon Queen looks very cute.

    I like the cover and premise of The Sixty Eight Rooms. It was in my queue until I started reading so -so reviews. Will still check it out but no time soon.

  2. I know Shutta Crum. She's a great writer and used to be an awesome story teller for the Ann Arbor Public library. So I'm looking forward to reading Thomas the the Dragon Queen.

    I enjoy The Enchanted Inkpot too.

  3. heyy stopping over from the Saturday network, great blog!:)

  4. I always love reading this post! Thanks for rounding them up.

  5. You are welcome! and thank you all for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it lots!

  6. Can I tell you how much I love this feature? I hear about more amazing SFF this way than almost any other. So, thank you.

  7. Thanks, Heather!! That's awfully nice to hear.

  8. Thanks for linking my review of The Owl Keeper! :)


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