This week's round up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (4/28/13)

 Here's what I found in this week's internet hunt for reviews and such of middle grade sci fi and fantasy books.  Please let me know if I missed yours!

The Reviews:

The Accidental Time Traveller, by Janis Mackay, at Guys Lit Wire

The Big Bank Burglery (St. Viper's School for Super Villains), by Kim Donovan, at Log Cabin Library

Deadweather and Sunrise (Chronicles of Egg), by Geoff Rodkey, at Becky's Book Reviews

Deadly Pink, by Vivian Vande Velde, at Books & Other Thoughts

Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun, by Liz Kessler, at Ms. Yingling Reads 

Fyre, by Angie Sage, at Deseret News

The Gliter Trap (OMG--Oh My Godmother) by Barbara Brauner & James Iver Mattson, at Books Beside My Bed

Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander, at Geo Librarian

Ghoulfriends Forever, by Gitty Daneshvari, at Paranormal Sisters

Hammer of Witches, by Shana Mlawski, at Charlotte's Library

House of Secrets, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, at Pub Writes, Reading Rumpus, Leisure Reads, and There's a Book 

Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile 

Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger, at Xander's Middle Grade Book Reviews

Lizzie Speare and the Cursed Tomb, byAlly Malienko, at The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-something Year Old Girl

The Magician's Tower, by Shawn Thomas Odyssey, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

Mira's Diary: Home, Sweet Rome, by Marissa Moss, at Kid Lit Frenzy and Rebecca  Behrens

The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Bookworm1858

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, by Nikki Loftin, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Space Bingo, by Tony Abbott, at Time Travel Times Two

Syren, by Angie Sage, at Leaf's Reviews

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, by R.L. LaFevers, at Deb A. Marshall

Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies, by William Joyce, at Wondrous Reads

The Two Princesses of Bamarre, by Gail Carson Levine, at Tales of the Marvellous

Unnatural Creatures, by Neil Gaiman, at A.V. Club (Kirkus says this is for ages 10-14...have any of you all read it?  Is it really?)

Wednesdays in the Tower, by Jessica Day George, at Karissa's Reading Review

When the Butterflies Came, by Kimberly Griffiths Little, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Authors and Interviews and Art

Soman Chinani (The School for Good and Evil) at Harvard Magazine

Two artwork reveals for The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, at Candace's Book Blog and The Hiding Spot

Kit Grindstaff (The Flame and the Mist) at From the Mixed Up Files

Anna Staniszewski (My Epic Fairytale Fail) at Sharon the Librarian

Suzanne Selfors (The Sasquatch Escape) at The Write Path

Claire M. Caterer (The Key and the Flame) at Cynsations 

Rick Riordan on Reading Myths and the Myths of Reading 

Ned Vizzini (House of Secrets) at The Book Zone

Liesl Shurtliff (Rump: the True Story of Rumplestiltskin) at Project Mayhem 

More Good Stuff

Adorable robots learn to walk, at io9

Adorable knitted hedgehog (I needed a picture, so I googled "knitted hedgehog" cause I like hedgehogs, and "knitted baby otter" didn't yield anything good):


  1. I've read Unnatural Creatures and enjoyed it so much that I am rereading it. From my point of view ages 10-14 (and above of course) is just about right. One or two of the stories are just a tad bit macabre & another too mystical for readers younger than 10 to grasp them.

    1. Oh good! I shall keep it in, then. And look forward to it myself!

  2. I also did a review of House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini - http://caitieflum.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/house-of-secrets-by-chris-columbus-and-ned-vizzinni/

    What a fun MG book!

    1. Thanks for the link! You are now added.

  3. Thank you for taking the time to put these links together.
    Have a great week.


  4. Jordan Sonnenblick's new book involves TIME TRAVEL back to 1969!!! Netgalley has it now. Saving it for this Friday night. ***SIGH***

  5. Argh. I should learn to read knitting patterns. Clearly.


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