This Sunday's middle grade fantasy and science fiction roundup

Welcome to another week's worth of carefully (more or less) gathered blog posts pertaining to middle grade science fiction and fantasy! If you like these round-ups, do please consider mentioning them on your own blog--I'd love more people stopping by to enjoy all the great reviews etc.!

If I missed your post, let me know...and anyone, including authors and publishers and publicists, is welcome to send me links to blog posts at any time during the week--charlotteslibrary at blogspot dot com. Thanks.

The Reviews:

Artemis the Brave (Goddess Girls) by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, at Biblio File

Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld, at Fantasy Literature

Beyonds, by Brandon Mull, at The Literary Wife

Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, at Anita Silvey's Children's Book-a-day Almanac

Fantasy: An Artist's Realm, by Ben Boos, at Charlotte's Library

Fourth Grade Fairy, by Eileen Cook, at Manga Maniac Cafe

Lair of the Bat Monster (Dragon Breath) by Ursula Vernon, at The HappyNappyBookseller

Luka and the Fire of Life, by Salman Rushdie, at Tia's Book Musings

The Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Magnificent 12: The Call, by Michael Grant, at Book Review Blog for Caroline Hooton

Priscilla the Great, by Sybil Nelson, at Reading Tween

The Red Pyramid (audiobook), by Rick Riordan, at The O.W.L.

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Trafton, at Charlotte's Library

Skeleton Man, by Joseph Bruchac, at Charlotte's Library

Small Persons With Wings, by Ellen Booraem, at Stella Matutina

Spellbinder, by Helen Stringer, at Books & Other Thoughts

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at Book Nut

Time Cat, by Lloyd Alexander, at BellaOnBook's Blog

The Time Travelling Fashionista, by Bianca Turetsky at TheHappyNappyBookseller and Confessions of a Book Addict

Under the Green Hill, by Laura L. Sullivan, at Middle Grade Ninja

Authors talking:

Laura L. Sullivan (Under the Green Hill) at Middle Grade Ninja
Katherine Langrish's blog tour for West of the Moon continues, more info. here at her blog
Kate Milford (The Boneshaker) at Novel Journey

Other Things of Interest:

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is getting a sequel. I was pleasantly surprised when I actually got around to reading the book (actually listening to it....); it wasn't that bad. But still, I wasn't desperate for more. However, since the writer of the sequel is going to be I writer I admire lots, Frank Cottrell Boyce (Cosmic), I am cautiously optimistic.

And in a similar vein, Jacqueline Wilson is going to be updating Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit (1902) for modern children. Why, I ask. Why.

Over at the SLJ Battle of the Books, Team MG SFF is holding its own--A Tale Dark and Grimm and Keeper both won their last matches.

The Magician's Nephew will be the next Narnia movie....I was hoping for The Silver Chair...

Booklist has assembled their top 10 graphic novels for kids, with fantasy nicely represented.

The shortlists for 2010 Aurealis Awards (Australian spec fic) have been announced; here are the children's books:

Grimsdon, Deborah Abela, Random House
Ranger's Apprentice #9: Halt's Peril
, John Flanagan, Random House
The Vulture of Sommerset
, Stephen M Giles, Pan Macmillan
The Keepers
, Lian Tanner, Allen & Unwin
Haggis MacGregor and the Night of the Skull
, Jen Storer & Gug Gordon, Aussie Nibbles (Penguin)

This is more a general interest item than a mg sff specific one, but if you have a few minutes, do visit the 2011 White Raven list! It's a list compiled each by the International Children's Library in Germany, and it is fascinating glimpse of what's being published around the world. I found this over at Mitali's Fire Escape--her book, Bamboo People, is one of the 8 that represents the US, and she is in most excellent company (you can see the list at her blog)!

And finally, there is the sad news of the passing of Diana Wynne Jones. I love her books dearly; they live right next to my bed.

There are two new books coming--Earwig and the Witch
(Greenwillow, Summer 2011), and a collection of DWJ's articles, lectures, and talks from David Fickling Books next year.

Still, I would have been happy if she had kept on writing forever.


  1. I love your Diana Wynne Jones shelf. All of my books are presently packed away and it is breaking my heart to not be able to read DWJ right now.

    And I thought E Nesbit was written for modern children. Oh well. It seems everyone has some fan fiction drive, one way or another.

  2. I'm so glad I found you. I love this list. cheers.

  3. My Diana Wynne Jones shelf is right next to my computer, so I can grab them at any time to read.

    I am going to miss checking through the spring announcements, looking forward to a new DWJ book every year.

  4. yeah, me too, kheh. I hope you're able to get yours unpacked soon, Penthe!

    And thanks for stopping by, bfav!

  5. Great Round Up. I am going to try to join in the future. Glad I found it.


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