Middle Grade Fantasy and Science Fiction from around the blogs (6/2/13)

This past week I took part in Armchair BEA, and one topic of discussion was Children's Books.  I'm offering this post as my contribution--what better way to show that there are lots of out there who love MG SFF!

I do these round-ups every week, reading through the blogs I follow and employing cunning google searches to find more.  I am a tad selective--I generally don't include really short or cursory reviews, or reviews of books (like Harry Potter and the Lightning Thief) that have saturated the market.  Every week I miss lots of posts--if I missed you, let me know, and feel free to send me links at any time (charlotteslibrary at gmail dot com).  Thanks!

The Reviews:

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, by Terry Pratchett, at alibrarymama

The Aviary, by Kathleen O'Dell, at Kid Lit Geek

Darke, by Angie Sage, at Leaf's Reviews

The Devil's Backbone, by Rae Ann Parker, at Barbara Ann Watson

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile, That Blog Belongs to Emily Brown, Charlotte's Library, and So Many Books, So Little Time

The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at Bibliophile Support Group

The Emerald Ring, by Dorine White, at Geo Librarian and Bibliophile Support Group

Enchanted Glass, by Diana Wynne Jones, at books4yourkids 

Fake Mustache, by Tom Angleberger, at Sonderbooks

The Golden Door, by Emily Rodda, at Scott Reads It

The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, by Christopher Healy, at Michelle I. Mason

The Hotel Under the Sand, by Kage Baker, at It's what you read when you don't have to

House of Secrets, by Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus, at Ms. Yingling Reads 

In Search of Goliath Hercules, by Jennifer Angus, at My Brain on Books

Island of Silence, by Lisa McMann, at Back to Books

The Key and the Flame, by Claire M. Caterer, at Boys and Literacy

Leni Cyrus: School Virus, by Joe Schreiber, at  Ms. Yingling Reads

Loki's Wolves, by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr, at Aine's Realm and Books, Books, and More Books

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan (audiobook review) at Karrisa's Reading Review

Magic Zero, byThomas E. Sniegoski and Ghristopher Golden, at Guys Lit Wire

Margaret and the Moth Tree, by Brit Trogen and Kari Trogen, at Reads for Keaps

The Neptune Project, by Polly Holyoke, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Once Upon the End, by James Riley, at Carstairs Considers 

The Orphanage of Miracles, by Amy Neftzger, at Sharon the Librarian

Parched, by Melanie Crowder, at Akossiwa Ketoglo 

Path of Beasts, by Lian Tanner, at Kid Lit Geek (audiobook)

The Planet Thieves, by Dan Krokos, at In Bed With Books

Relics of Mysticus Books 1 and 2--The Serpent's Shadow and The Trickster's Totem,  by H. B. Bolton, at Dear, Restless Reader

Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff, at Bookalicious, Books Take You Places, and Views from the Tesseract

The Runaway King, by Jennifer Nielsen, at YA Book Shelf

School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at I Heart Reading

Summerkin, by Sarah Prineas, at Karissa's Reading Review

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz (audiobook) at Rex Robot Reviews

A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff, at Books Beside My Bed

Through the Skylight, by Ian Baucom,  at Librarian of Snark

When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, at Kid Lit Geek

The Year of Shadows, by Claire Legrand, at Shelf-employed

Authors and Illustrators

Dan Krokos (The Planet Thieves) at In Bed With Books

R.R. Russell (Wonderlight) at The Write Path

Merrie Haskell (Handbook for Dragon Slayers) at Catch A Star As It Falls

H.B. Bolton (The Serpent's Ring/Trickster's Totem) at Literary Rambles (giveaway)

Janni Lee Simner (Bones of Faerie series, which is actually YA, but she's talking about researching fantasy, so it's applicable) at Cynsations

Karen Sandler (Tankborn and Awakening, also YA, but she's talking about writing diverse characters, so also of mg interest) at Rich in Color

R.L.W. Lee (the Andy Smithson series) at BC Blog Critics

Other Good Stuff

If you have a kid around who loves graphic novels (I raise my hand), send them over to the Kids Comics Revolution 2013 awards, where they can vote for their favorites in various categories (added bonus: the nominees make for a lovely shopping list...)

Likewise, nominations are now open for the QBR Phyllis Wheatley Book Award which recognizes the best African American books and writers from 2012 in categories including children's books.  The deadline to  nominate an author is  June 15th, 2013 (thanks Tanita).


  1. And how I love that you do these round-ups! Armchair BEA was great I must say.

  2. Love seeing all these links and how many middle grade reviews there are out there. Thanks for including mine.

  3. Thanks for the round up! Love the links to both awards. (I have to think of who I want to nominate!)

  4. And thanks all of you for stopping by!

  5. Fabulous, as always. I love seeing what books are making the rounds in the MG SFF arena. I need to read more and review more.

    1. viz reviewing--preferably of books begining with difficult letter like K and X and Z. I find it interesting that "B," which dominated so many round-ups last year, has fallen totally out of favor...

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