This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs

Welcome to this week's round-up of what I found in my blog reading of interest to us fans of middle grade science fiction and fantasy! I have a nasty feeling that I got careless this week, and went through my blog reader without extracting all the posts I should have, so do let me know if I missed yours!!!!

The Reviews:

The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True, by Gerald Morris, at The Brain Lair

Bella at Midnight, by Diane Stanley, at Finding the Write Way

The Bloomswell Diaries, by Louis L. Buitendag, at Jean Little Library and Madigen Reads

The Cheshire Cheese Cat at Geo Librarian

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg et al., at Great Kid Books and at Book Nut

Circus Galacticus, by Deva Fagan, at The HappyNappyBookseller and Charlotte's Library

The Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh, at Sci Fi Chick

Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom, by Tim Byrd, at Library Chicken

Floors, by Patrick Carman, at Literate Lives

Found, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at The Accidental Novelist

The Freedom Maze, by Della Sherman, at Stella Matutina and at Tor

Galaxy Trotters, by Marie C. Lukic, at Fantasy Book Review

The Game of Sunken Places, by M.T. Anderson, at Mister K. Reads

Janitors, by Tyler Whitesides, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis, at The Fiction Enthusiast

Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at The Book Smugglers

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, (audio book review) at Good Books and Good Wine

Magical Mischief, by Anna Dale, at Mom Read It

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness (audio book review) at Good Books and Good Wine

The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell, at The Allure of Books

Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, at Charlotte's Library

The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere 1) by Jacqueline West, at Muggle-Born.net

The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan, at Book Nut

Return To Exile, by E.J. Patten, at Reading Tween

The Roar, by Emma Clayton, at Great Books for Kids and Teens

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, by R.L. LaFevers, at Small Review

Torn, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Charlotte's Library

The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, at GreenBeanTeenQueen and Geek Girl's Book Blog

We Are Not Eaten by Yaks, by C. Alexander London, at The O.W.L.

Young Fredl, by Cynthia Voight (audio book review) at Good Books and Good Wine

At Strange and Random Happenstance, Miss Eliza looks at the first three Oz books here, here, and here.

There's new blog in town, Time Travel Times Two, focused on time travel stories for kids! Here's this week's post, which looks at Charlotte Sometimes, by Penelope Farmer, and The Switching Well, by Peni R. Griffin

Ms. Yingling also has a two for one post--Double Spell, by Janet Lunn, and Wonkenstein: The Creature From My Closet, by Obert Skye.

Conn Iggulden is best known for The Dangerous Book for Boys, but he also has a great series (perfect for the eight year old set) about the Tollins, tiny beings who are Not fairies. Here's his list of his top ten books about tiny people.

Authors and Interviews:

C. Alexander London (We Dine With Cannibals) is interviewed at From the Mixed Up Files and at The O.W.L., and created a special video which you can see at Watch.Connect.Read

Deva Fagan (Circus Galacticus) at TheHappyNappyBookseller--part one, and part 2

Robin LaFevers (the Theodosia Throckmorton and Nathaniel Fludd series) at Small Review

Karen Cioffi (Walking Through Walls) at Seattlepi

Kat Heckenback (Finding Angel) on magic in Christian fiction, at Decompose

Other Good Stuff:

The Enchanted Inkpot asks--is that science fiction or fantasy?, and Rachel Neumeier (The Floating Islands, which I think is just find for mg readers) ponders the divide between mg and YA (and I now wonder why I put YA in caps, but not mg...)

Deva Fagan talks about the power of diverse science fiction at Diversity in YA Fiction

At Once Upon a Blog I found a dvd that's going on my Christmas present list-Re-enchantment. Here's the blurb: Re-enchantment is an immersive journey into the hidden meanings of fairy tales. Presented as an interactive multi-platform documentary project exploring why fairy stories continue to enchant, entertain, fascinate and horrify contemporary adult audiences.

The Re-enchantment DVD features a series of 10 x 3-minute animated documentaries (interstitials), which explore the themes at work in fairy tales. Each episode offers a rich visual design and presents a new way of thinking about these familiar and much loved stories.

And finally, muppets auditioning for the part of Yoda (found at Tor)


  1. thanks for taking the time to put this together,and for including my review of The Princess Curse! :)


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