This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantsy (5/12/13)

Happy Mother's Day, and welcome to this week's round-up of middle grade sci fi/fantasy postings from around the blogs.  If I missed your post, let me know!

The Reviews

The Ability, by M.M. Vaughan, at Charlotte's Library

An Army of Frogs, by Trevor Price and Joel Naftali, at Now Read This!

Astronaut Academy Re-Entry, by Dave Roman, at Charlotte's Library (I don't generally include graphic novels, but I love this one lots and its my own review.  Also it is science fiction, which is thin on the mg ground)

Canary in a Coal Mine, by Madelyn Rosenberg, at Geo Librarian

Charlotte Sometimes, by Penelope Farmer, at The Book Smugglers

The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy, at Bunbury in the Stacks (audiobook review)

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy, LibLaura5,  Salima Korri Reviewing the WritingThe Book Cellar and YA Bibliophile (audiobook review)

The Game of Sunken Places, by M.T. Anderson, at Great Books for Kids and Teens

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, at Nerdy Book Club

Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault, by Adam-Troy Castro, at Log Cabin Library

Here Where the Sunbeams are Green, by Helen Phillips, at Book Nut

In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz, at There's a Book 

Jinx, by Sage Blackwood, at io9 and Reading Rumpus

Loki's Wolves, by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr, at Ms. Yingling Reads, Great Imaginations, Charlotte's Library, and Alice, Marvels

The Menagerie, by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland, at Readers by Night

Museum of Thieves, and City of Lies, by Lian Tanner, at Kid Lit Geek

New Lands (The Chronicles of Egg, 2), by Geoff Rodkey, at Akossiwa Ketoglo
and thehopefulheroine

The Runaway King, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Bibliophilic Monologues

The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at  Kid Lit Geek and Scott Reads It

The Silver Bowl, by Diane Stanley, at Madigan Reads

The Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver, at That's Another Story

Stolen Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at Waking Brain Cells

The Storm Bottle, by Nick Green, at Geo Librarian

Summer and Bird, by Catherine Catmull, at alibrarymama

Teacher's Pest, by Charles Gilman, at BookYAReview, and Tim's Book Reviews

The Time Cavern, by Todd Fonseca, at Time Travel Times Two

The Water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Wednesdays in the Tower, by Jessica Day George, at Kid Lit Geek

Authors and Interviews:
(note to publicists--please feel free to send me blog tour lineups with links to the specific posts--I'd be happy to include them, but don't always have time to track them all down myself!)

Jessica Day George (Wednesdays in the Tower) at Cracking the Cover

Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil) at Cracking the Cover

Liesl Shurtliff (Rump) at Literary Rambles

A Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle character intros. at Ms. Yingling Reads, Kid Lit Frenzy, The Write Path, and The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Megan Whalen Turner (The Thief) at KidsEBookBestsellers

Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr (Loki's Wolves) at Entertainment Weekly  And here are the stops from the Loki's Wolves blog tour:

Tuesday, May 7 – Bookalicious featuring Ragnarök
Wednesday, May 8 – Mundie Kids featuring Odin
Thursday, May 9 – Novel Thoughts featuring Thor
Friday, May 10--Charlotte's Library featuring Freya and Frey
Saturday, May 11 – Bewitched Bookworms featuring Loki

Geoff Rodkey (New Lands--The Chronicles of Egg, book 2), joined by his agent and editor, at From the Mixed Up Files  and all by himself at Book Dreaming

Ari Goelman (The Path of Names) at The Lucky 13s

Stuart Webb (Jenny at Chatsworth) at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books

Other Good Stuff:

I could have put this in the reviews section, but thought it would be happier down here--Kate Forsyth takes a loving look at an old favorite--The Stone Cage, by Nicholas Stuart Gray, at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles.

I made a short quiz of mother's shown on covers of recent mg sff books for Mother's Day.  It's short cause there aren't many.

And finally, librarians on parade to celebrate spring and promote summer reading (found at 100 Scope Notes).  I find it strangely moving (no pun intended).


  1. Thanks for all the links and for including mine. Happy Mother's Day!


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  3. I haven't been this way in a while... need to get back to reading MG! Thanks for the roundup!

  4. Thanks for the link headed our way! Much appreciated! - Dan and Katy from ReadersByNight.com


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