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

Hi. Here are the middle grade (ages 9-12) fantasy and science fiction focused posts that I found I found in my blog reading this past week. Please let me know if I missed yours, or anyone elses!

The Reviews:

The Book of Wonders, by Jasmine Richards, at Cracking the Cover

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at My Favorite Books

The Dragon's Tooth, by N.D. Wilson, at Karissa's Reading Review

Elliot and the Goblin War, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, at The Introverted Reader

Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep, by Liz Kessler, at Nye Louwon-My Spirit

Fairy Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm, by Michael Buckley, at Mister K Reads

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (a new, beautifully illustrated edition from Taschen) at Books of Wonder and Wisdom

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, at Bookie Woogie

Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at RoeSpot--More Coffee, Please... and Book 'em Benj

Jellaby, by Kean Soo, at Back to Books (graphic novel)

Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Adventures of a Book Wyrm and Bunbury in the Stacks

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, at Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia and Something Different Every Day

My Very UnFairy Tale Life, by Anna Staniszewski, at Geo Librarian

Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, by D. Robert Pease, at Charlotte's Library

Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, at Fyrefly's Book Blog

Revenge of the Horned Bunnies (Dragonbreath book 6) by Ursula Vernon, at Charlotte's Library

Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, at Reads for Keeps

Stealing Magic: a Sixty Eight Rooms Adventure, by Malorie Malone, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, at Good Books and Good Wine

Ms. Yingling looks at several fantasies in one post--Bigger Than a Breadbox, by Laurel Snyder, The Rock of Ivanore, by Laurisa White Reyes, and Replication: The Jason Experiment, by Jill Williamson.

Authors and Interviews:

Jasmine Richards (The Book of Wonders) at Cracking the Cover

Here's Neil Gaimen's Mythcon Guest of Honor Speech from 2004, which he's just put up on his website. It's a look back at his childhood reading of Lewis and Tolkien and Chesterton...

Other good stuff:

At SF Signal, many authors share the books that introduced them to fantasy and sci fi (of particular interest, perhaps, to those raising the next generation of fans!)

Here's an article from last week I forgot to put in--at the Guardian, Imogen Russell Williams talks Alternate history lessons for children's fiction (including, among other good things, Ellen Renner's Castle of Shadows which has been on my wants list for ages, so I was thrilled to find it's coming out here in the US in March!)

At Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, Lucy Coats reflects on Baba Yaga

Wrinkle In Time aniversery celebratory postings continue--Amy's Library of Rock takes a look at Meg Murry, and you can find this week's participants in the 50 years/50 blogs event (this weeks theme-Sharing A W in T) here at the event's facebook page
. And at the NY Times, there's "'A Wrinkle in Time' and its Sci Fi Heroine."

I have a post up about the Amelia Bloomer List, from a middle grade fantasy perspective

And finally, thanks to Queen's Thief Week, organized by Chachic, of Chachic's Book Nook, this past week has been one of my most favorite blog reading weeks ever! Wonderful interviews, guest posts, and tons of great comments (including lots from MWT herself! Chachic has also included links to posts elsewhere--lots of good reading there too.


  1. I've been writing a couple more Wrinkle In Time posts since last time: http://rockinlibrarian.livejournal.com/tag/year%20of%20the%20tesseract

    Also, that settles it, I'm subscribing to Bookie Woogie. They are always just TOO FUN.

  2. Thanks for the links. Great like usual. I'm really wanting to read The Book of Wonders.

    1. I hope you enjoy The Book of Wonders! Thnks for stopping by.

  3. Thanks for including my review of Liesl and Po! I agree that the Queen's Thief Week posts were absolutely fantastic, got me to finally dig into that series.

    1. You're welcome! I'd be very curious to know how many new converts the QT week has made... Do think about joining Sounis--it is a great to have a community like that, because there are so many small (but large) things to talk about, like earings, and the color of a dress, and someone's fleeting expression, that all mean something....

  4. What a wonderful roundup, Charlotte. Plenty of reading to keep me busy as I get into the swing of the working week :)

  5. Queen's Thief Week was spectacular, wasn't it? It makes me sad that it's over. I love all of the guest posts. When I started receiving those in my inbox, I wanted to publish all of them right away so I could share the love with other fans.

    1. Thanks you again, Chachic! It was wonderful.

  6. Thanks again for doing this, Charlotte. I've been amazed at how many time travel books I have been able to find lately!

    1. I'm surprised too by how many I keep finding! My time travel list at the library has almost fify books on it...


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