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

Welcome to another Sunday round-up of all the blog posts I managed to find of interest to us fans of middle grade fantasy and science fiction! Please do let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews:

The Aviary, by Kathleen O'Dell, at Charlotte's Library

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at pipedreaming

The Evil Elves, by Bruce Coville, at Fantasy Literature

The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman, at Watercolor Moods

Guys Read: Thriller, by Jon Scieszka et al., at Project Mayhem (plus giveaway ending tomorrow)

The Hollow Beetle (Poisons of Caux), by Susannah Appelbaum, at Okbo Lover

Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, by James Rollins, at Fiction Addict

The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper FForde, at The Written World

The Lost Farm, by Jane Louise Curry, at Oz and Ends

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, at books4yourkids and Great Kid Books

The Orphan of Awkward Falls, by Keith Graves, at Once Upon a Bookshelf

The Quest of the Warrior Sheep, by Christine and Christopher Russell, at Reads For Keeps

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at Good Books and Good Wine

The Time Travellers, by Linda Buckley-Archer, at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog

The Time-Traveling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink by Julia Jarmon, plus Time Cat, by Lloyd Alexander, at Time Travel Times Two

The Time-Traveling Fashionista, by Bianca Turetsky, at Good Books and Good Wine

A True Princess, by Diane Zahler, at Good Books and Good Wine

Tom's Midnight Garden, by Phillipa Pierce, with bonus looks at The History Keepers, by Damian Dibben, and City of Masks, by Mary Hoffman, at Fantastic Reads

Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at A Patchwork of Books

The Unicorn's Tale, by R.L. LaFevers, at Good Books and Good Wine

Authors and Illustrators:

Joseph Bruchac is interviewed on Dragon Castle, his Slovakian fantasy, at Kirkus.

Kai Strand (The Weaver) at TheWriteGame

Other Good Stuff:

Adam Gopnick shares his thoughts on high fantasy for young adults at The New Yorker

Monica Edinger, at Educating Alice, writes about third person omniscient narration and the opinionated narrator (who shows up in a number of this years mg sff books!)

The Storm in the Barn, a graphic novel by Matt Phelan, has begun its journey to the silver screen (the picture at right shows the Storm...).

NPR has picked Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, for its December Kids' Book Club! Click through to read their description of the book.

At Kidliterate, you'll find a lovely list of mg sff books that make great presents.

School Library Journal has its best of 2011 list up, with a smattering of mg sff included.

And finally, just a random bit of Life Experience I have recently acquired:

If you buy the Lego Star Wars Advent Calender for your kids (the picture shown below taken from this review), they really will get out of bed in the morning in a more prompt and vigorous fashion than usual. However, they will still be late for school, because in opening the little plastic bags, invariably a piece will fly across the room, resulting in desperate, time-consuming scrambling.


  1. Great links as always Charlotte. Thanks so much.

  2. Ha! Love that bit of advice about the Star Wars Lego Advent set. Thanks for sharing these links!


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