This Sunday's Round-Up of Middle Grade Fantasy and Science Fiction

Happy Halloween, and welcome to another Sunday of what I found around the blogs that pertains to middle grade science fiction and fantasy. For those who might wonder just how these posts work, I wrote up a Full Disclosure statement yesterday. But in short, I find posts while browsing, and assemble them here! Please let me know if I missed yours.

The Boneshaker, by Kate Milford, at Never Jam Today.

Brains for Lunch: a Zombie Novel in Haiku, by K.A. Holt, at Green Bean Teen Queen.

The Brimstone Key, by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis, at Ms. Yingling Reads.

Come Fall, by A.C.E. Bauer, at TheHappyNappyBookseller

The Coming of the Dragon, by Rebecca Barnhouse, at Manga Maniac Cafe.

Curse of the Were Wiener (Dragonbreath), by Ursula Vernon, at Charlotte's Library and Coffee for the Brain.

Dark Life, by Kat Falls, at Bart's Bookshelf.

The Fairy's Mistake, by Gail Carson Levine, at Manga Maniac Cafe.

The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson, at The Slowest Bookworm and The Lost Entwife.

Flight of the Outcast, by Brad Strickland, at Ms. Yingling Reads.

Frozen in Time, by Ali Sparks, at Ms. Yingling Reads.

The Handcuff Kid, by Laura Quimby, at I Capture the Rowhouse.

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch, at TheHappyNappyBookseller.

The Homeward Bounders, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Stella Matutina.

Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation, by Matt Myklusch, at Coffee for the Brain.

Knightly Academy, by Violet Haberdasher, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

The Lost Conspiracy, by Frances Hardinge, at Chachic's Book Nook.

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, at Books Are Like People, For the Love of Reading, Books in the Spotlight, and Fairrosa Cyber Library.

Magic Trixie, by at Great Kid Books.

The Magnificent 12: The Call, by Michael Grant, at Booked Up.

The Memory Bank, by Carolyn Coman, at Becky's Book Reviews.

Mythil's Secret, by Prashani Rambukwella, at Sri Lankan Books (I would love to read this, but can't find a way to order a copy...any help gladly appreciated! edited to add--Kate Coombs found out how --here's the link. Thanks Kate!)

Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, at Booked Up.

The Phantom of Blood Alley, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, at Ms. Yingling Reads.

Reckless, by Cornelia Funke, at Charlotte's Library.

Rise of the Darklings (Invisible Order Book 1) by Paul Crilley, at Book Aunt.

Saraswati's Way, by Monika Schroder, at Words World and Wings. (I'm not sure if this is really fantasy qua fantasy, but there seems to be a godess involved--and it sounds great!)

Scarlett Dead, by Cathy Brett, at Nayu's Reading Corner.

The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi, at Books4yourkids

The Shadows, by Jacqueline West, at Ms. Yingling Reads.

The Sisters Grimm: The Inside Story, by Michael Buckley, at Booked Up.

The Steps Across the Water, by Adam Gopnik, at Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books.

Tamsin, by Peter S. Beagle, at Books & Other Thoughts (technically YA, but good for older mg readers. But it's been a long time since I read it...)

Thomas and the Dragon Queen, by Shutta Crum, at Ms. Yingling Reads (with bonus dragon book list)

The Witches, by Roald Dahl, at Middle Grade Ninja.

There's a three for one post (The Dead Boys, by Royce Buckingham, The Snowbird, by Mette Ivie Harrison, and The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi) at Ms. Yingling Reads.

Spooky Stuff:

And this being Halloween, here are some posts containing spooky favorites, at Vulpes Libris, The Book Zone (for boys),

And in a similarly festive vein, visit "how to make a monster," a post in which various Enchanted Inkpot authors share their most monstrous thoughts.

But if you really want something scary, go to Comics Alliance for "The Terrifying Children's Illustrations of Stephen Gammel" from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.


Laura Sullivan (Under the Green Hill) at The Spectacle.

Julie Berry (Second Hand Charm, which sounds like a good YA for upper mg readers, and a more specifically mg series- The Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys) at Gamila's Book Review.

Clare Dunkle (House of Dead Maids--another YA older mg readers might like) at Cynsations.

Michael Spradlin (The Youngest Templar) at The Enchanted Inkpot.

Rick Riordan at Oh No They Didn't

And another lovely post in Katherine Langrish's Fairytale Reflections series--this week the featured guest is Lucy Coats, author of Hootcat Hill...which I am seriously wanting to read....

Other things of interest:

At The Gaurdian, Naomi Alderman and Frank Cottrell Boyce depate a question of great interest--Should J.K. Rowling write another Harry Potter book?

Two museum exhibits of interest:

If you've read The Red Pyramid, head on over to the British Museum's new exhibit centering on the Book of the Dead.

If you live anywhere near Worcester, MA, you should make a point of visiting the Higgins Armory Museum. Not only do they have an absolutly fascinating collection of arms and armor, and a gift shop that is a perfect place to shop for a young fantasy lover, but, through 2011, they have a gem of an exhibit that should delight any fan of fantastical creatures: Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell. It's a Victorian Cabinet of Curiousities, with mythological creatures in place of zoological specimens. Here's the gargoyle skeleton:


  1. Hey Charlotte, thanks for including my review in your roundup!

  2. Now, I also want to know where I can buy Mythil's Secret.

  3. Your very welcome, Chachic!

    Doret--Kate Coombs found out how, and I've put a link in.

  4. I reviewed The Three Loves of Persimmon by Cassandra Golds this week (http://www.readinasinglesitting.com/2010/10/26/review-the-three-loves-of-persimmon-by-cassandra-golds/), but I'm afraid I'm not sure which side of the MG/YA fence it falls on, so you may wish to skip over it. Regardless, it's one of the best books for young readers I've read this year. :)

  5. Hey, thanks for including my review! I don't know how I just saw this, but it's super cool. And awesome to read everyone's reviews. I look forward to reading more!


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