This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi/fantasy from around the blogs (12/30/12)

The last round-up of 2012!  And the last before the Cybils are announced on Jan.1, and I can finally talk openly about which mg sff books are my favorites of the year!  Which leads me to a call for help--I stopped reading new mg sff books as of October (since I was busy as a first round panelist reading the 151 books nominated), so I'm wondering what I missed in November and December.  I've already put in a library request for Here Where the Sunbeams are Green--what else should I read from those two lost months?

And now, the round-up--please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews:

The Cup and the Crown, by Diane Stanley, at Charlotte's Library

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, at Fuse #8

In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill, at Book Nut and Ex Libris

Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger, at Book Nut

Killer App, by Michael Dahl, at Secrets and Sharing Soda

Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, at Book Nut

The Paladin Prophecy, by Mark Frost, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Seeds of Rebellion, by Brandon Mull, at Karissa's Reading Review

The Storm Makers, by Jennifer E. Smith, at Book Nut

Super, by Matthew Cody, at In Bed With Books

Return to the Willows, by Jacqueline Kelly, at Educting Alice

and Stephanie Burgis recommends Above World, by Jenn Reese, and Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, as her contribution to Smugglivus.

More Good Stuff:

For those of us who love Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, and can't wait for the sequel (Wednesdays in the Tower, coming in May), here is a treat--a free short story, Holidays at the Castle!   Just click here-- http://bit.ly/V6NBV8

Did you like the Hobbit movie?  Or did you, like Monica,  find it "Another Children's Book Turned into Young Adult" ?


  1. I've a post up about The Hobbit movie, specifically focusing on the filmmakers' altering what was a children's book into something YA (e.g. PG-13). Not to many are agreeing with me, but I stand my ground!

  2. Thanks for the info on Holidays in the Castle!


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