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

Welcome to today's round-up of the blog posts I found over the past week about middle grade (ages 9-12, give or take) science fiction and fantasy books! Please let me know if I missed your post, and please feel free to email me links any time during the week!

The Reviews:

13 Treasures, by Michelle Harrison, at Random Musings of a Biliophile

Attack of the Ninja Frogs (Dragonbreath) by Ursula Vernon, at Library Chicken

The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg van Eekhout, at The Book Smugglers (you can read the first two chapter for yourself at Tor).

City of Ice, by Laurence Yep, at Charlotte's Library

Double Spell, by Janet Lunn, at Charlotte's Library

Entwinned, by Heather Dixon, at Liri Dilectio

The Gift, by James Patterson, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente, at Charlotte's Library (where I am one of a number of people giving away a copy!)

Haunted Houses, by Robert D. San Souci, at BC Book Talk

Juniper Berry, by M.P. Kozlowsky at Charlotte's Library

No Passengers Beyond this Point, by Gennifer Choldenko, at Middle Grade Mafioso

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Trafton, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Rumplestiltskin Problem, by Vivian Vande Velde, at Becky's Book Reviews.

Savvy and Scumble, by Ingird Law, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Say Cheese, Medusa, by Kate McMullan, at T.F. Walsh

Sir Gawain the True, by Gerald Morris, at Jean Little Library

A Tale of Two Castles, by Gail Carson Levine, at Page in Training and YA Bibliophile

The Throne of Fire, by Rick Riordan, at Beyond Books

The Time Travellers, by Linda Buckley Archer, at Shannon Whitney Messenger

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, at Libri Delectio

Wolf Brother, by Michelle Paver, at My Brain on Books

A World Without Heroes, by Brandon Mull, at Taking a Break

Authors and Interviews:

Nathan Bransford (Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow) at Literary Rambles

Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams (The Goddess Girls) at somewhere in the middle

Greg van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World) is a Big Idea poster at Whatever

M.L. Welsh (Mistress of the Storm) at Nayu's Reading Corner, and you can enter to win the book at this post on her blog.

Christine and Chrisopher Russel (Warrior Sheep) at Manga Maniac Cafe

Katie Hines (The Guardian) at Lindsay's Ramblings

Other Good Stuff:

Here's J.K. Rowling talking about Pottermore:

And not, strictly speaking, middle grade, but it's interesting to see that Neil Gaimen seems to be seriously contemplating writing a sequel to American Gods (via Galley Cat).

The Locus Awards were announced yesterday; here are the results from the "Young Adult" category:
And finally, this is, more or less, the story of my life this time of year--books and flowers (although there's also family and work of course). From the gallery of Su Blackell:


  1. Thanks Becky! I saw them, I made a mental note of them....and then I missed them in the end. Sigh!

  2. Lots of great links. Thanks for including mine.

  3. You have a fabulous blog! I want to award you the Best of Sci/Fi Blog Award and the Fantastic Fantasy Award for all the hard work you do!

    I invite you to follow me, if you haven’t already done so, since we have a lot in common, but no pressure. I’m not giving you the award just so you will follow me. You really do deserve it!
    Take care:-)

    Go to http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/p/awards.html and pick up your award.


    I'm also looking to interview avid readers to find out what they like to read and published authors (agented, self published, small press, etc.) to find out what they wrote and what the pathway to publishing was like for them.

    Let me know if you or someone you know is interested in being interviewed and I will send over the questions you can fill out at your leisure. My email address is Guidedhope (at)gmail(dot)com.


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