This week's middle grade science fiction and fantasy round-up (March 24, 2013)

Here's this week's worth of middle grade sci fi/fantasy fun!  Please let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews

The Aviary, by Kathleen O'Dell, at The Hiding Spot

Beswitched, by Kate Saunders, at Time Travel Times Two

Bot Wars, by J.V. Kade, at Ms. Yingling Reads and Charlotte's Library

The Cypher (Guardians Inc.), by Julian Rosado, at Lady With Books

Dealing With Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede, at The Hub 

Dragon Born, by Toby Forward, at Charlotte's Library

Dragon Run, by Patrick Matthews, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Writer of Wrongs

Frogged, by Vivian Vande Velde, at Candace's Book Blog (scroll down)

Garden Princess, by Kristin Kladrup, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile 

A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle, at Sonderbooks

Kat Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Welcome to my Tweendom 

Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger, at Annie McMahon

Larklight, by Philip Reeve, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia 

The Little Yokozuna, by Wayne Shorey, at Charlotte's Library

The Menagerie, by Tui T. Sutherland, at Book Haven

My Very UnFairy Tale Life, by Anna Staniszewski, at Sharon the Librarian

Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

The Prairie Thief, by Melissa Wiley, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

The Serpent's Shadow, by Rick Riordan, at One Librarian's Book Reviews

The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo, at Bibliophilic Monologues

A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff, at Book Nut

The Water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore, at A Fuse #8 Production 

Authors and Interviews

Jennifer Rush, aka J.V. Kade, (Bot Wars) at Sturdy for Common Things

The Chronicles of Egg blog tour reaches its final stops

Other Good Stuff

The Children's Book Week Finalists have been announced, and Tasha at Waking Brain Cells has a nice spread showing them all.   MG sff is represented by Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos by Christopher Ford. (And that's it? YA is all speculative fiction).  Rick Riordan, however, is in the running for author of the year...

Thoughts on "Desiring Dragons," by the writers at Unsettling Wonder

Two Blog Events of interest--Fairy Tale Fortnight, hosted by The Book Rat and A Backwards Story, and Once Upon a Time VII, hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings.

I would love to know what became of the little girl who started embroidering this sampler showing the solar system way back in1811 (recently featured on the blog of the Museum of Childhood).  Clearly her mother was not unsympathetic to the girl's interest in science, and never forced her to finish it....


  1. haha, I saw that sampler as well and was absolutely fascinated by what the article was saying on how girls and women, while opportunities existed for them to show their interest and capability in the sciences, had to do so in a feminine way. Now we are dealing with trying to re-spark that interest in the maths and sciences! I am very much into science fiction and fantasy so will be back!

    1. I rather appreciated the fact that she wasn't forced to finish sewing the thing! I feel that her parents must have been at least somewhat sympathetic to her interests...


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