This Sunday's middle grade fantasy/science fiction round-up

Good morning! Here's what I found this week around the blogs that's of interest to us fans of middle grade (ages 9-12) fantasy and science fiction! Please let me know if I missed your post.

(would you all like more pictures of book covers? or do you care not at all? One reason I don't put them up is that I have a vague feeling that if I show some covers but not others, the ones I don't show will be sad...but I could get over this).

The Reviews:

All in Good Time, by Edward Ormondroyd, at Charlotte's Library

The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, at Wandering Librarians

Bigger than a Breadbox, by Laurel Snyder, at Geo Librarian

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at Abby the Librarian

The Centaur's Daughter, by Ellen Jensen Abbott, at Charlotte's Library (another one of those labeled YA, but just fine for older mg kids)

Down the Mysterly River, by Bill Willingham, at Tor

The Dragon of Cripple Creek, by Troy Howell, at Rangatira's Ruminations

Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull, at Susan Dennard

The Fingertips of Dustin Dorfman, by Meg Wolitzer, at Charlotte's Library

The Giver series, by Lois Lowry, at Reading Vacation

Gossamer, by Lois Lowry, at Reading Vacation

Half Upon a Time, by James Riley, at Shannon Whitney Messenger

The Inquisitor's Apprentice, by Chris Moriarty, at Book Aunt

Liesl & Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Book Aunt

The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo, at The Accidental Novelist

Mistress of the Storm, by M.L. Welsh, at Book Aunt

Rip Tide, by Kat Falls, at Bibliophile

Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, at My Brain on Books

A Tale of Two Castles, by Gail Carson Levine, at The Mod Podge Bookshelf

Time Running Out, by Panama Oxridge, at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books

Toby Alone, by Timothee de Fombelle, at Library Chicken

The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, at The O.W.L. and For the Love of Reading

Villain School: Good Curses Evil, by Stephanie S. Sanders, at Charlotte's Library

Warriors: Into the Wild, by Erin Hunter, at Fantasy Literature

Whales on Stilts, by M.T. Anderson, at The Christian Fantasy Review

Wisdom's Kiss, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, at Stacked and Stella Matutina

A World Without Heros, by Brandon Mull, at Challenging the Bookworm

Z. Raptor, by Steve Coles, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Authors and Interviews:

Greg van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World) at Writing on the Sidewalk

Stephanie Burgis (Kat, Incorrigible) at Sarvenaz Tash

Other Good Stuff:

Heavy Medal, the mock Newbery blog, is up and running again --with lots to say about middle grade fantasy books in contention (and other books too, but these things happen). So far this year, I'm don't have a mg sff book in mind for the win (do you?)...but that could change at any moment!

At Oz and Ends, you can find a fascinating reflection on Political Authority in Children's Fantasy.

There's an on-line auction of children's book art underway to support free speech, organized by the American Booksellers Association for Free Expression.

A call for papers has just gone out for a 2012 conference in Ottawa on Children's Literature and Imaginative Geography.

And finally, aren't these posters, from artist Caroline Hadilaksono, lovely? Thanks, Madigan, for the link! I would take the third trip, myself.


  1. Thanks for the round up! So looking forward to reading BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOX in particular.

  2. I too am looking forward to BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOX!!

    As for cover images, I'm fine with out. I just know it takes a LOT of time to put in all the covers...and your list is awesome enough on its own! :)

    And WOW to that artwork... The images remind me of covers I grew up getting out of the library. Oh nostalgia...

    I reviewed Brandon Mull's FABLEHAVEN (http://susandennard.com/2011/09/18/fablehaven-a-book-recommendation/), btw.

  3. Thanks Susan--your review is now in!

  4. Thanks for all of the recommendations! I'm always on the lookout for good fantasy/sci-fi books for my son (and for me too because they're fun to read). I just got an ARC of the Apothecary and I can't wait to dive into it.

  5. Wow, those Harry Potter posters are gorgeous! I want them all.

  6. I'm looking forward to both Breadbox and Apothecary myself!

    and I love the posters too....

  7. Hey! Those HP posters are awesome! I love the unique art style - It reminds me of some of my favorite retro fantasy posters. But, I've always enjoyed the classic aesthetic.

    Poking around the web, I found another book with similar classic, folkloric appeal: it's called "The Woods of Wocomico." Check it out at the link below:



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