This Week's Round-Up of Middle Grade Sci fi/Fantasy (Dec 2, 2012 edition)

Here's what I found in my blog reading this week. It was a stickier week than usual, so apologies if I missed your post, and please let me know about it!

The Reviews:

Caught, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Book Nut and Charlotte's Library

The Dead Gentleman, by Matthew Cody, at Semicolon 

Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George, at The Book Smugglers

Finally, by Wendy Mass, at The O.W.L.

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, by Mike Jung, at Sonderbooks 

The Girl Who Could Fly, by Victoria Forester, at Books Beside My Bed

The Golden Door, by Emily Rodda, at Cracking the Cover 

Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at Great Imaginations

Kenny and the Dragon, by Tony DiTerlizzi, at Fantasy Literature

The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi, at Sonderbooks

Signed by Zelda, by Kate Feiffer, at Book Nut and Semicolon

The Sisters Grimm, by Michael Buckley, at KimberlyLynKane.com

The Secret History of Hobgoblins, by Ari Berk, at books4yourkids

Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz, at Bunbury in the Stacks

A Squire's Tale, by Gerald Morris, at Tales of the Marvelous

Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin, at alibrarymama and Kid Lit Geek

Tilly's Moonlight Garden, by Julia Green, at Semicolon

The Wednesdays, by Julie Bourbeau, at Book Nut

Wings of Fire: the Dragonet Prophecy, by Tui Sutherland, at Semicolon

A look at the Heroes in Training series, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, at Books Beside My Bed  and another at A Thousand Wrongs

A look at the Demigod Diaries and The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan, at Boys Rule Boys Read 

2 books with bad black cats (Behind the Bookcase, and Escape from Hat) at Charlotte's Library

Other Good Stuff:

Sherwood Smith, who was there at its beginning, looks back at the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (nb:  middle grade books are also eligible)

The NY Times lists its notable children's books of 2012

Gift recommendation lists are popping up these days--here's a nice one at Book Aunt, that features some mg sff.

And for those wanting gifts of a bookish sort, check out YA for NJ--a Hurricane Sandy fundraiser in which YA authors are auctioning signed books, critiques, and visits at ebay (through Dec. 7)

At Scribble City Central, W is for Weres, with Curtis Jobling

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy has joined the Encyclopedia of Sci Fi on-line

And for those contemplating colleges, here are the top picks for Harry Potter fans.

Fortunately Totoro is roomy enough so that one can snuggle inside him (hat tip to Tanita, who hat tipped The Mary Sue)


  1. Also, a lovely book gift to consider is Peter Sis' Conference of the Birds . I did posts on both blogs, but the HuffPo one also has a slideshow with gorgeous art from the book.

  2. I also reviewed Starry River of the Sky at Kid Lit Geek: http://kidlitgeek.blogspot.com/2012/11/starry-river-of-sky-by-grace-lin.html


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