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

Good morning, and welcome to this week's round-up of all the blog posts I could find of interest to us mg sff fans! (Please let me know if I missed your post!)

First--nominations for the Cybils are up and running, and the list of mg sff books is growing. If you haven't nominated yet, and would like your memory refreshed regarding the mg sff books that were released in the past year, do check out my new releases posts. I started compiling these lists with Cybils in mind--it's hard to remember all the books that came out last fall, and urgent (well, in my mind at least) that the books that were just released get a chance to be nominated! Here's the list from the second half of October, 2010 (where I am reminded, for instance, that The Coming of the Dragon is eligible....) and here's the most recent list, covering the first half of October, 2011 (a much much longer one of epic proportions!) Do keep in mind, though, that not every book on these lists is eligible--the book has to have been published in the US or Canada.

So go nominate a nice book. Better yet, go nominate a book that will knock the socks of a young reader, and leave them stunned (from a parent's point of view, stunned for a long time is rather peaceful....)

The Reviews

13 Curses, by Michelle Harrison, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, at Beyond Books and Ms. Yingling Reads

The Black Cauldron, by Lloyd Alexander, at Bookie Woogie

Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor, at My Favorite Books

The Blackhope Enigma, by Teresa Flavin, at books4yourkids.com

Bigger than a Breadbox, by Laurel Snyder, at A Patchwork of Books and Sonderbooks

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at The Reading Zone, Jen Robinson's Book Page, Great Kid Books, Charlotte's Library, and Alison's Book Marks

The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright,at Charlotte's Library

The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau, at Musings of a Restless Mind

Dark Life, by Kat Falls, at Karen's Book Nook

Darkfall, by Janice Hardy, at Book Yurt

The Dragon's Tooth, by N.D. Wilson, at Fantasy Book Review

The Enchanted Castle, by E. Nesbit, at Tor

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, by Meg Wolitzer, at Eva's Book Addiction

Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld, at One Librarian's Book Reviews and The Book Smugglers

Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at Bookyurt and Fantasy Literature

Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Sonderbooks

The Last Council (Amulet Book 4) by Kazu Kibuishi, at The O.W.L.

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, at Becky's Book Reviews

Miss Fortune, by Brandi Dougherty, at Secrets & Sharing Soda

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism, by Georgia Byng, at Book Nut

The Only Ones, by Aaron Starmer, at Charlotte's Library

The Owl Keeper, by Christine Brodien-Jones, at Novel and Nouveau

Pure Dead Magic, by Deb Gliori, at Fantasy Literature

Return to Exile, by E.J. Patten, at Project Mayhem

Rip Tide, by Kat Falls, at Karen's Book Nook and The Book Zone (For Boys)

Secrets of the Crown (The Familiars, Book 2) by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, at somewhere in the middle

Timecatcher, by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, at Misrule

Torn, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Becky's Book Reviews

Troubletwisters, by Garth Nix and Sean Williams, at Fantasy Book Review

A True Princess, by Diane Zahler, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

and a two for one--House of Many Ways, by Diana Wynne Jones, and 13 Gifts, by Wendy Mass, at Readatouille

Authors and interviews:

Anne Ursu (Breadcrumbs) at Laurel Snyder, The Book Whisperer, and at Kid Lit Frenzy

And the illustrator of Breadcrumbs, Erin McGuire, at Bildungsroman

Chris Moriarty (The Inquisitor's Apprentice) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Ned Rauch-Mannino (Fingertip Island) at Literary Rambles

Jennifer Nielson (Elliot and the Pixie Plot) at Shrinking Violets

James Riley (Half Upon a Time) at Literary Asylum

Other Good Stuff:

Talking animals--realistic or fantastic? Monica at Educating Alice offers her thoughts on a question I posed yesterday.

And here is something utterly brilliant (thanks to Tor for the link)--at Julie's Blog you can find her hand-made My Star Trek Quiet Book (with interactive fun for all ages!)

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