This Sunday's Round-up of Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs

First off--The Cybils!!! Nominations opened on Friday, and close to 60 have been nominated to middle grade sff so far. If you haven't nominated yet, you have until the 15th...and there are lots of really really good books that aren't there yet. Plus lots of books that I haven't read, but which look really really good....

I am extracting every ounce of possible interest out of the Nomination Weeks, and checking the list obsessively-- I post regular updates to this page.

And now, the reviews:

The Birthday Ball, by Lois Lowry, at Becky's Book Reviews.

The Giver, by Lois Lowry, at The League of Extraordinary Writers

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, at Once Upon a Bookshelf.

How to Grow Up and Rule the World, by Vordak the Incomprehensible, (actually by Scott Seegert) at The O.W.L.

Invisible Order: Rise of the Darklings, by Paul Crilley, at A Patchwork of Books.

Ivy's Ever After, by Dawn Lairamore, at One Librarian's Book Reviews.

The Limit, by Kristen Landon, at Squeaky Books and at Great Books for Kids and Teens.

Masterpiece, by Elise Broach, at Books Together.

Museum of Thieves, by Lian Tanner, at Book Aunt.

Nightshade City, by Hilary Wagner, at Middle Grade Ninja.

Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, at Charlotte's Library.

On the Blue Comet, by Rosemary Wells, at The Fourth Musketeer.

Once Upon a Marigold, by Jean Ferris, at Imagination in Focus.

Scumble, by Indrid Law, at By Singing Light.

Theodora and the Staff of Osiris, by R.L. LaFevers, at Read in a Single Sitting.

Thomas and the Dragon Queen, by Shutta Crum, at Reading Vacation.

The Witches, by Roald Dahl, at The Writen Word

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle, at The League of Exraordinary Writers

The Wyvern's Treasure, by R.L. LaFevers, at Book Aunt.

The older books on this list of reviews were posted about for Banned Books Week--at Fairy Layers (a new blog for me) there's a whole weeks worth of banned and challenged books that are primarily fantasy/fairy tales, including a book very dear to me, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.

Interviews and guest posts:

An interview with Vordak the Incomprehensible, at The O.W.L., and another at Green Bean Teen Queen.

Jaqueline West (The Shadow: Books of Elsewhere 1) is featured at Cynsations, as is Matt Myklusch (Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation), in this Cynsations post.

Shutta Crum (Thomas and the Dragon Queen) visits Reading Vacation.

The Writing Mama interviews Adam Epstein & Andrew Jacobson (The Familiars), The red dress club interviews Michael Grant (The Magnificent Twelve, which I am giving away a signed copy of, as well as the Gone series), and Patricia Wrede (The Enchanted Forest series and many more) is interviewed at Reality Bypass (and says nice things about my favorite book, Conspiracy of Kings).

Other things of interest:

Katherine Langrish continues her Fairytale Reflection series at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles with a guest post by author Susan Price.

The most recent epic bookfail is a YA sff title, The Secret of Ka, by Christopher Pike. It is a stunner (thanks to the Book Smugglers for the heads up). I had thought this book sounded interesting--fantasy set in Turkey, flying carpets, etc.; I still think it sounds interesting, but in a train wreck kind of way.

I also encourage anyone who enjoys children's books to stop by this month's Carnival of Children's Literature, hosted by Great Kid Books.

And finally, the astrophysicist who discovered Zarmina describes what life might be like there, in an exclusive interview at io9.

(and in just a little bit I am off to Boston, to chat with Megan Whalen Turner and other members of Sounis!)

Please let me know if I missed your post!


  1. So jealous! My sister goes to school in Boston and is a fellow MWT fan. Unfortunately, she missed church last week and didn't want to miss it again this week. Waaah.

    I hold out hope, though, for when MWT is back in Ohio--I'm just a couple of hours away.

  2. I hope it works out for you! It was a lot of fun.


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