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

Here you go! Let me know if I missed anything. I always finding things I missed (like this January review of The Crowfield Demon, by Pat Walsh, at Sci Fi Chick), and it makes me Sad.

The Reviews:

Above World, by Jenn Reese, at BookYurt (Bookyurt?), and Live to Read

Ancient, Strange, and Lovely, by Susan Fletcher, at Library Chicken

The Bloomswell Diaries, by Louis L. Buitendag, at BooksYALove

The Book of Wonders, by Jasmine Richards, at Wicked Awesome Books and Book Review Blog for Caroline Hooton

The Cabinet of Earths, by Anne Nesbet, at My Brain on Books and Great Imaginations

The Clockwork Three, by Matthew Kirby, at Back to Books

Cold Cereal, by Adam Rex, at Book Aunt and More Than True

The Coming of the Dragon, by Rebecca Barnhouse, at My Favorite Books

The Dragon of Cripple Creek, by Troy Howell, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Earwig and the Witch, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Book Aunt

The Flint Heart, by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson, at Karin's Book Nook

Flyte, by Angie Sage, at Challenging the Bookworm (audio book review)

The Humming Room, by Ellen Potter, at Journey of a Bookseller and Great Imaginations

The Inquisitor's Apprentice, by Chris Moriarty, at Confessions of a Bibliovore

Ivy and the Meanstalk, by Dawn Lairamore, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver, at Books Beside My Bed

The Midnight Zoo, by Sonya Hartnett, at Back to Books

A Monser Calls, by Patrick Ness, at Squeaky Books

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, by William Joyce, at Back to Books

On the Bright Side, by Shelli Johannes, at Project Mayhem

Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, at Stephanie Burgis

Pandemonium, by Chis Wooding and Cassandra Diaz, at Book Aunt

The Puzzle Ring, by Kate Forsyth, at Read in a Single Sitting

The Shadows (Book of Elsewhere 1), by Jaqueline West, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

A Swiftly Tilting Planet, by Madeline L'Engle, at Tor

Villian School: Good Curses Evil, by Stephanie S. Saunders, at Kristen Evey

Winterling, by Sarah Prineas, at Just Booking Around

The Wishing Ring, by Shellie Neumier, at Novel Teen

At books4yourkids there's much praise for the Mega Mash Ups books.

Authors and Interviews

Sarah Prineas (Winterling) at From the Mixed Up Files

Liz Kessler (A Year Without Autumn) video interview at Cynsations

Other Good (?) Stuff:

Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit, is being re-written by Jaqueline Wilson--there's the Guardian's take. I don't think this is a good or necessary thing, mainly because I liked Nesbit just fine from the age of 8 on up.

I wrote a lenthy article, with all main points supported with direct quotes, on "parents" in A Wrinkle in Time.

Tending a bit YA-ward: Here's Lenore's round-up of the first week of her Dystopian February, and if there were more "middle grade" science fiction books, this survey of themes in YA sci fi, compiled by Margo Berendsen, would allow interesting comparisons to be made.

I like the looks of the Lord of the Ring legos very much:

But not as much as I like Dumbleworf:


  1. Dumbleworf makes me ridiculously happy... although, I daresay that should would have a LOT LESS MESSING AROUND and a lot more bat'leth lessons...

    Monday I'm reviewing CODE NAME VERITY, and you'll want to maybe join the discussion from two the days prior on historical fiction and etc.

  2. I'm glad you like Dumbleworf! I think he is just what Hogwards needs.

    And thanks for the reminder to offer my two cents on his fic...

  3. Aw, thanks for including me. :) This is a great idea, especially since it would be a lot of work to write all those reviews! I'll definitely be back to check out your site some more. Love SF/F!

  4. Count me as a Dumbleworf fan. Just the laugh I needed.

  5. This round up is amazing. 50% of these books are on my tbr list. I wish I could read faster.

  6. I have a pair of MG/YA books reviewed on my blog Justbookingaround.blogspot.com - Cinder, which is upper MG and up pretty much, and Winterling, which is solid MG and up.

    1. Hi Rina, I'd found your post and included Winterling, but I'm considering Cinder YA :)

  7. Thanks for the link, Charlotte! I'm not sure about the Nesbit rewrite, either, given that I wasn't at all taken by the recent rewrite of Philpott's The Flint Heart. :S

    1. Although that was a dusty old thing that was long out of print, whereas this is still in print in its original form...so they are a different kettle of fish.

  8. I heard about the Nesbit rewrite too. While I have nothing against Jacqueline Wilson, it does seem a pity that publishers are more keen on bringing out sure hits than trying out new material.

    1. It does seem like it would be more to the point for Wilson to go on writing her own books.

  9. It took me a minute to recognize that the photo of Dumbledore (Dumbleworf?) had been altered :) I finally managed to review a MG book this week: http://librariansbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-review-ivy-and-meanstalk-by-dawn.html


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