This Week's round-up of mg sff, Feb 3, 2013

Welcome to this week's round-up of middle grade sci fi/fantasy; please let me know if I missed your link!

The Reviews

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins, by R.A. Spratt, at Sonderbooks

Beswitched, by Kate Saunders, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book 3, by Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith, at Guys Lit Wire

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at The Book Smugglers 

The Crimson Shard, by Teresa Flavin, at Charlotte's Library

Dragon Seer's Gift, by Janet McNaughton, at That's Another Story

Elliot and the Goblin War, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Geo Librarian

The Fellowship for Alien Detection, by Kevin Emerson, at Maria's Melange

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, by Mike Jung, at Shannon Messenger, and in a continuing discussion between Maria's MelangeThe Brain Lair, and The Library Fanatic

Ghosts of the Titanic, by Julie Lawson, at Time Travel Times Two 

Jinx, by Sage Blackwood, at Sonderbooks 

Michael Vey : Rise of the Elgin, by  Richard Paul Evans, at A Thousand Wrongs

Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris, by Marissa Moss, at Semicolon

North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler, at Fantastic Reads 

Small Medium at Large, by Joanne Levy, at Annie McMahon

The Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver, at The Book Brownie

Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin, at Book-A-Day Almanac

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket, by John Boyne, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Vengekeep Prophecies, by Brian Farrey, at Charlotte's Library

Authors, Illustrators, and Interviews

A chat with the illustrator and designer of The Year of Shadows at The Book Smugglers

Laurisa White Reyes (The Rock of Ivanore) at The Enchanted  Inkpot

Katherine Applegate shares her reaction to winning the Newbery at Publishers Weekly

Marissa Burt (Storybound) at Literary Rambles

Other Good Stuff:

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of American ( SFWA) has a new interest group of writers who write mg and YA.  Here's the first of a series of posts from this group--a survey of the writers' editors and agents, asking them how they define MG and YA.

I made a resolution this year to read one fantasy book for grown-ups every week.  My list of possible choice has just expanded--here's the Locus 2012 recommended reading list.   The only one I've heard of is Boneland, by Alan Garner, which has been in the house for months and which my husband says is brilliant....

The Brown Bookshelf is once again celebrating Black History Month with 28 Days Later--every day a different author or illustrator is featured.  And today's entry has just added another book to my tbr list--The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson.

A post in which I look for feminism in middle grade sci fi/fantasy


  1. Thanks so much for including my link to Marissa Burt's interview and the one to the SFWA interest group. I applied as an affiliate since I'm an aspiring middle grade and YA authors. Fingers crossed that I get accepted. I wouldn't have known about this great resource without your links. Thanks again.

    1. You're very welcome! Good luck with teh affiliate-ness, and, of course, with the writing!

  2. Re: the Locus list, I read the Graham Joyce book (Some Kind of Fairy Tale). Most of the fantasy happens offstage, as I recall, But I liked it!

    I loved your feminism post, too. A needed counterpoint to the books on this list:


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