This Sunday's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs

Greetings, all, and welcome to this week's gleenings of posts from around the blogs that are relevant to middle grade science fiction and fantasy. If I missed you, let me know!

Just by way of a starter, check out this post-apocalyptic lego diaroma (via io9)--fun with dystopia! (it actually looks a lot like my living room floor).

Breaking News: The date for this fall's KidLit con is Saturday, October 23, 2010. More here, at the Kidlit Con 2010 blog...


The Celestial Globe, by Marie Rutkoski at IMCPL Kids

Chantel's Quest for the Enchanted Medallion, by Oliver Neubert’s at Alita.reads

Dark Life, by Kat Falls, at A Year of Reading and Bending Bookshelf.

The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein and Adam Jacobson, at Bookworming in the 21st Century.

Maddigan's Fantasia, by Margaret Mahy, at Charlotte's Library.

Moonshadow: Rise of the Ninja, by Simon Higgins, at The Fourth Musketeer.

Nieve, by Terry Griggs at Critique de Mr. Chompchomp.

The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones at Throwing Up Words.

The Pyramid of Souls (Magickeepers, book 2), by Erica Kirov, at Lori Calabrese.

The Queen Elizabeth Story, by Rosemary Sutcliff, at Charlotte's Library.

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, at Beyond Books.

The Secret Lives of Princesses, by Philippe Lechermeier, at A Year of Reading.

Slime Squad, by Steve Cole, at The Book Zone (for boys)

Space Crime Conspiracy, by Gareth P. Jones, at Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books

The Water Seeker, by Kimberly Willis Holt at Kid Lit and at Becky's Book Reviews (I asked Tasha of Kid Lit if this was fantasy, and she answered thus "It does have a fantasy element, less about the dowsing and more about the continued presence of the dead mother in many people’s lives and through flocks of birds. It is subtle but there."

The Witches Guide to Cooking With Children, by Keith McGowan at Welcome to My Tweendom.
The World Above, by Carmeron Dokey, at The Compulsive Reader.

At Books4yourkids it was Doll Week! Here are the books that took part, with the links taking your to the post on that particular book: The Doll's House, by Rumer Godden, The Doll House Fairy, written and illustrated by Jane Ray, Big Susan, written and illustrated by Susan Orton Jones, Fanny, written and illustrated by Hollie Hobbie, The Doll People, by Ann M. Martin and Laura Goodwin, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, by Rachel Field.

Interviews: Deva Fagan (The Marvelous Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle) at The Enchanted Inkpot. Katie Hine (Guardian) at Jane's Ride.

And other fun things:

Hilary Wagner (Nightshade City) writes about writing creepy for kids at Teresa Frohock

Katherine Langrish offers more of her nice fat posts--this time a two part series on fantasy worlds. Here's Part 1 (three classics), and here's Part 2 (modern writers)

Nick James grades kid's fantasy book to movie adaptations at The Spectacle

Jenny (of Jenny's Books) will be celebrating Diana Wynne Jones Week August 1-7, and invites us to join her!


  1. Hmm, the link for "The Witches Guide to Cooking With Children, by Keith McGowan at Welcome to My Tweendom." seems to go to The Enchanted Inkpot at livejournal and not "Welcome to my Tweendom". Is that supposed to happen?

    I didn't realize The Owl Keeper was middle grade! I am just happy my crummy library has it, so I'll be borrowing it some time this summer.

  2. Thanks Cat! I fixed it...

    I've not read Owl Keeper yet myself, but want to!

  3. Thanks for the DWJ Week shout-out! :)

    I LOVE the lego dystopia, also. It does bear an upsetting resemblance to my living room - so you're not the only one! :p

  4. hello again. I had just posted a responce on your grim and gritty post. nice job and keep up the good work.

  5. Do you mean that some weeks are not DWJ weeks? Inconceivable!


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