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

Good morning! Here's another week's worth of what I found in my blog reading. Please do let me know if I missed your post! And thanks, everyone who has mentioned these roundups over at your own blogs--I appreciate it lots, because the more people who read these the more worthwhile it is.

The Reviews:

The 13 Secrets, by Michelle Harrison, at Beyond Books

Can I Get There by Candlelight? by Jean Slaughter Doty, at Charlotte's Library

The Clockwork Three, by Matthew Kirby, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at The O.W.L., and here's a gathering of ringing endorsements for it at Random Acts of Reading.

Hazel Wetherby and the Elixer of Love, by Bill Defelis, at Nayu's Reading Corner

The Goblin Brothers Adventures, by Linday Buroker, at MotherLode

Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale, at Bookie Woogie (if you've never visited this blog, do! It's three (sometimes four) kids and their dad, discussing books)

Priscilla the Great, by Sybil Nelson, at Reading Vacation

Robot vs Gorilla in the Desert, by Nikalas Catlow and Time Wesson, at The Book Zone (For Boys)

The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi, at ComaCalm's Corner

The Trouble With Chickens, by Doreen Cronin, at A Patchwork of Books

The Witches' Kitchen, by Allen Williams, at P.S. I Love Books

Young Fredle, by Cynthia Voight, at Eva's Book Addiction

Zoolin Vale and the Chalice of Ringtar, by Craig Smith, at Nayu's Reading Corner

Kristin at Bookworming in the 21st Century
has gathered four great "middle grade shorts," all sff.

Kidsread has gathered their February reviews here, including Spirits in the Stars, by Erin Hunter, No Passengers Beyond this Point, by Gennifer Choldenko, Bone: Quest for the Spark, by Jeff Smith, Young Fredle, by Cynthia Voight, Season of Secrets, by Sally Nichols, and The Fiend and the Forge, by Henry H. Neff.

From the Mixed-Up Files (of middle-grade authors) offers a lovely list of fantasy books.

Authors doing stuff:

Katherine Langrish is on tour to celebrate the reissue of her troll books in single volume, entitled West of the Moon. Katherine has been keeping track of all her stops at her own blog, Seven Miles of Steel Thistles (this link goes to the introduction; keep reading her blog for particulars). Enter to win one of four copies at Scribble City Central! (which is a beautifully unselfish link for me to put in, cause I want one myself!)

Barry Deutsch talks about Hereville at The School Library Journal.

At GeekDad, Mark Andrew Smith talks about why Kickstarter may save independent comic books, like his own New Brighton Archaeology series.

Adam Rex (The True Meaning of Smekday) is interviewed at A Foodie Biblophile in Wonderland)

Pat Walsh (The Crowfield Curse) is interviewed, and the book reviewed, at Deranged Book Lovers.

Much excitment:

The Suvudu Cage Match, in which fantasy characters battle to the death, is great fun. This year's line-ups have been announced, and carrying the middle grade (or close enough) flag are... Percy Jackson! Severus Snape! Martin the Warrior! and, since I just read the Hobbit to my seven year old, I'm counting Gollum.

There is no overlap between these books and those featured in another exciting event, School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids Books, whose brackets are also up, and whose judges have been announced. Lots of good mg sff. I've said before that I'm rooting for Bartimaeus (Ring of Solomon), and if he were in the Suvudu Cage Match, I'd root for him there too.

The ABA 2011 Indies Choice books have been announced, and in the E.B. White Read Aloud group for middle readers are several mg sff titles:

Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson (HarperCollins)
Penny Dreadful, by Laurel Snyder, Abigail Halpin (illus.) (Random House Books for Young Readers)
The Sixty-Eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone, Greg Call (illus.) (Random House Books for Young Readers)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger (Amulet Books)
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton Juvenile)

And Kate, aka Book Aunt, has created her own delightfully idiosyncratic Pistachio Awards, giving nods to several mg sff books.

Finally, just in case you wanted to spend more time on the internet reading about books, instead of actually reading books: The Guardian has a new section of their website that's exclusively for children's books.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. The round-up is a really cool idea! :)

  2. Thanks for the round-up. I so appreciate it because it focuses on fantasy & science fiction. Thanks.

  3. Very cool idea! This is the first I've seen of it, but I love it :)


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