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

Welcome to this Sunday's round-up of what I found in my blog reading this past week of interest to us fans of middle grade (ages 9-12) science fiction and fantasy! Let me know if I missed your link.

The Reviews:

The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, at Fuse #8

The Bassumtyte Treasure, by Jane Louise Curry, at Oz and Ends

Bigger Than a Breadbox, by Laurel Snyder, at The Intergalactic Academy

The Book of Wonders, by Jasmine at Rebecca's Book Blog and The Book Cellar

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at Story Snoops

The Cabinet of Earths, by Anne Nesbet, at Book Aunt

The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright. at Becky's Book Reviews and at Great Kid Books

Come Fall, by A.C.E. Bauer, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, at Book Love

The Death of Yorik Mortwell, by Stephen Messer, at Children's Books and Reviews

The Flint Heart, by Katherine and John Paterson, at Read in a Single Sitting

The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman, at Charlotte's Library

The Girl Who Cicumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente, at Library Mama

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, at Read in a Single Sitting

Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at Tripping Over Books

Ivy and the Meanstalk, by Dawn Lairamore, at Charlotte's Library

The Jewel of the Kalderash, by Marie Rutkoski, at Charlotte's Library

Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Beyond Books

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, at Bookshelves of Doom

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, at Read in a Single Sitting

The Memory Bank, by Carolyn Coman and Rob Shepperson, at Challenging the Bookworm

The Mouse Guard: Fall of 1152, at Karissa's Reading Review (graphic novel)

My Sparkeling Misfortune, by Laura Lond, at Geo Librarian

My Very Unfairy Tale Life, by Anna Staniszewski, at Cracking the Cover

The Mystic Phyles: Beasts, by Stephanie Brockway and Ralph Masiello, at Wandering Librarians

The Orphan of Awkward Falls, by Keith Graves, at Readtouille

The People of Sparks, by Jeanne DuPrau, at Read in a Single Sitting

Ravenwood, by Andrew Peters, at Book Aunt

The Skeleton's Knife, by Joni Sensel, at Charlotte's Library

Snow in Summer, by Jane Yolen, at Book Aunt

Stealing Magic: a Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure, by Marianne Malone, at books4yourkids

Wereworld: Shadow of the Hawk, by Curtis Jobling, at A Dream of Books

Winterling, by Sarah Prineas, at Book Aunt

Who Cut the Cheese, by Jo Nesbo, at Back to Books

There's a two-for-one post at Fantastic Reads--Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, by Jen Storer, contrasted with A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle.

At My Reading Frenzy, one of my fellow mg sff Cybils panelists looks back at some favorite.

Authors and Interviews

Anne Nesbit (Cabinet of Earths) at The Enchanted Inkpot

M.L. Welsh (Heart of Stone), at Nayu's Reading Corner,

Jasmine Richards (The Book of Wonders) shares her top ten fairy tail retelings at The Book Monsters (giveaway) and is interviewed on video at tall tales & short stories, and at Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks

Curtis Joblin (Wereworld: Shadow of the Hawk) is on tour--here's a guest blog post/review at Nayu's Reading Corner, and another guest post at The Book Addicted Girl.

D. Robert Pease (Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble) is also on tour--here's an interview at Ritesh Kala's Book Reviews (and here's the list of tour stops).

More Good Stuff:

A Wrinkle in Time turns fifty this year, and a special commemorative edition is being published. I'm a proud participant in the multi-blog extravaganza--

A Wrinkle in Time: 50 Years, 50 Days, 50 Blogs Celebration!

For 50 days, starting Monday, January 16, 50 different bloggers will be celebrating with original content. On February 2, I'll be talking about the Murry parents...

Here's the full list of blogs taking part!

But in the meantime, Amy (of Amy's Library of Rock) explores the vexing question--"What the heck is a Tesseract, anyway?"


  1. Great links as always. It's good to see so many middle grade books being reviewed. And I enjoyed Anne Nesbit's interview.

    1. thanks! I'm reading Cabinet of Earths myself right now, and enjoying it!

  2. I'm devoting a whole series of posts this year to A Wrinkle In Time-- this would be the way to access them all at once: http://rockinlibrarian.livejournal.com/tag/year%20of%20the%20tesseract I only have two up yet-- probably a new one every one or two weeks (the next one won't be until at least later this week), but I'm particularly proud of my last one, because it's possibly the nerdiest thing I have ever written, and I don't feel it's gotten enough love. I'm not sure the next post can live up to it. Which is probably why it's taking me longer to write.

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I've put it in the round-up.

  3. Love that you do this roundup! Good to see so much middle-grade stuff being reviewed.

  4. Thanks so much for the links, Charlotte.

    I love the Wrinkle in Time blog tour--I've been hoping to do a few featured posts myself looking at other people's memories of/reactions to it. It's such a brilliant book.

  5. A great round-up as always, Charlotte!
    I'm glad to see A Wrinkle in Time getting the extra attention - I've already had people at my library asking about it.

    1. I've been wondering, Madigan, about that aspect of things. These people of which you speak--had they already read the book? I've assumed that Wrinkle in Time is like Charlotte's Web, a book everyone's read. But what if for the past ten years no one has been reading it? Is the new release going to be a thrilling "new" thing?

  6. Great links. Can't wait to explore many more of them!


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