This Sunday's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (9/16/2012)

Welcome to another week in which I round up all the blog posts I could find which I would like to have read in someone else's round up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy, if it weren't for the fact that I am the rounder upper....Please let me know if I missed your post!

And isn't that a lovely origami Smaug? (found at Tor).

The Reviews:

Any Which Wall, by Laurel Snyder, at Time Travel Times Two

Bigger Than a Breadbox, by Laurel Snyder, at There's a Book

The Black Cauldron, by Lloyd Alexander, review by Bit, bibliophile in training, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at Sonderbooks

Claws, by Mike and Rachel Grinti, at My Precious

The Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh, at books4yourkids

Darkbeast, by Morgan Keyes, at Ms. Yingling Reads and Sharon the Librarian (giveaway--extended from original date)

Deadweather and Sunrise, by Geoff Rodkey, at The Book Monsters

Ely Plot (The Wickit Chronicles, book 1) by Joan Lennon, at A Thousand Wrongs

Half Magic, by Edward Eager, at Tor

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, at Book Nut

In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz, at Waking Brain Cells

Invisible World, by Suzanne Weyn, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Island of Silence (Unwanteds, book 2), by Lisa McMann, at Heise Reads & Recommends

Lily's Ghosts, by Laura Ruby, at Read in a Single Sitting

Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, at Book Nut and Becky's Book Reviews

The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, at Literary Rambles (giveaway)

The Prince Who Fell From the Sky, by John Claude Bemis, at Ex Libris

Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale, at Books Together and Becky's Book Reviews

Princess Academy, and Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, at Slatebreakers

Seeing Cinderella, by Jenny Lundquist, at The Children's Book Review

The Serpent's Ring, by H.B. Bolton, at Candace's Book Blog

Seven Tales of Tinket, by Shelley Moore Thomas, at Book Aunt

Spellbound (the Books of Elsewhere 2), by Jacqueline West, at Jean Little Library

Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schiltz, at Good Books and Good Wine

The Sweetest Spell, by Suzanne Selfors, at Book Aunt (note: this is one of those marketed as YA that seem upper mg appropriate)

The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons, by Barbara Mariconda, at Book Aunt

What Came from the Stars, by Gary Schmidt, at Book Nut, Librarian's Quest, and a joint review/conversation at The Brain Lair and Maria's Melange.

Wooden Bones, by Scott William Carter, at Charlotte's Library

Monica of Educating Alice reviews Splendors and Glooms, and The Peculiar, in today's NY Times.

At Black and White, you'll find a look at three lovely read aloud fantasies for the younger set--The Robe of Skulls, by Vivian French, The Serial Garden, by Joan Aiken, and Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire, by Polly Horvath

Authors and Interviews:

Liz Kessler (Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun) at Nayu's Reading Corner

Lisa McMann (The Unwanteds) describes an inspiring school visit at the Nerdy Book Club

Morgan Keyes discusses the rituals of Darkbeast at Stiching Words, One Thread at a Time

Other Good Stuff:

It's Roald Dahl's birthday week, and The Guardian has rounded up a lovely set of "links, articles and teaching resources to help you celebrate in class."

Lots of book to movie news: Dragonlogy, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and The True Meaning of Smekday are all on their way to the big screen.

M is for Merrow at Scribble City Central

At the Nerdy Book Club, you can find a list of the top ten middle grade graphic novels (and in a comment you can find more suggestions from me....).

For those looking for mg sff ebooks, visit Fantasy Books for Kids, where every Friday five such ebooks are showcased.

Megan Whalen Turner talks about the Provensen book of fairy tales (and its scary pictures) at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles.

And finally, a lovely picture from the Etsy story of artist Elly MacKay, and boy was it hard to chose just one picture. I might very well ask for one of her pictures for my birthday...and maybe even try my own hand at doing something similar--if I do it with boys, it becomes Educational and process will matter more than (lack) of beautiful product. (Thanks to Chasing Ray for the introduction).


  1. Replies
    1. Just as you were commenting, I was visiting your blog to check if you had any!

  2. Hello,
    I reviewed What Came From The Stars by Gary D. Schmidt on my blog this past Friday.

  3. Thanks for all the awesome links and for including mine. It's so awesome seeing all the MG reviews.

  4. Thanks for the shout-out! As always, I'm finding so many wonderful MG books to read here.


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