This week's middle grade sci fi/fantasy roundup (12/23/12)

The fierce struggle that happens when eight computer users must share one computer is one reason why I didn't get this done yesterday....the other, more interesting, reason is that us MG sff Cybils panelists talked on online for several hours as we struggled to formulate our shortlist.   Only one book was agreed on yesterday...though several still have seats at the table, and many more were allowed to stay in the room, and given cookies.   Some even got cookies with sprinkles.

There not much from me in this week's round-up--I've been mostly re-reading for the Cybils some books I read over a year ago, so as to see if what I think about them is really what I think about them....which has been a treat, because I really do like rereading, and don't do enough of it!  But here's what other people posted about!  Do let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews:

Above World, by Jenn Reese, at The Book Smugglers

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, by Claire Legrand, at Slatebreakers

Chase Tinker and the House of Magic, by Maila Ann Haberman, at Read 'n'Write

Darkbeast, by Morgan Keyes, at Book Nut 

Deadweather and Sunrise, by Geoff Rodkey, at Semicolon 

Fire Prophet, by Jarel Law, at The Write Path

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, by Mike Jung, at Charlotte's Library

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente, at alibrarymama 

In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz, at Semicolon

Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill, at Semicolon

The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde, at Semicolon

The Memory Bank, by Carolyn Coman, at Confessions of a Bibliovore

The Peculiar,by Stefan Bachmann, at Emily's Reading Room (audio book review)

The Prairie Thief, by Melissa Wiley, at Book Nut

The Prince Who Fell From the Sky, by John Claude Bemis, at Book Nut

The Seven Tales of Trinket, by Shelley Moore Thomas, at Book Nut

Tilly's Moonlight Garden, by Julia Green, at Charlotte's Library

What Came From the Stars, by Gary Schmidt, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

Authors and Interviews

Mrs. Bunny (as in, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire)  at Random Acts of Reading

Katherine Catmull (Summer and Bird) at The Enchanted Inkpot

 Ilana Waters (The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt), at Geo Librarian

Other Good Stuff....I don't really have anything this week, just a gingerbread library:

And the hope that lots of kids will get books they love tomorrow!  I'm going to do on last bit of Christmas shopping, by making a donation to Reading is Fundamental.  Through Dec. 31, donations will be matched dollar for dollar. 


  1. Good luck with the shortlist! The Graphic Novel one was tough. (May you defend your favorites well.)

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  3. Slightly late . . . thanks for the shout-out!


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