This week's round-up of middle-grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs (8/18/13)

Here's what I found this week.  Let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews:

The Ability, by M.M. Vaughan, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Borrowers Avenged, by Mary Norton, at Tor

The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice 2), by John Flanagan, at Tales Between the Pages

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, by Claire Legrand, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Circle (Book 1 of the Sidhe), by Cindy Cipriano, at Jean Little Library

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Bookalicious and Puss Reboots

The Fate in the Box, by Michelle Lovric, at The Book Zone

Finally, and 13 Gifts, by Wendy Mass at Give a Hoot, Read a Book!

The Flame in the Mist, by Kit Grindstaff, at Word Spelunking

Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo and K.G. Campbell, at Readaraptor

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Fyrefly's Book Blog

The Goblin's Gift, by Conrad Mason, at The Book Plank 

Goblins, by Philip Reeve, at Hidden in Pages 

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, at Log Cabin Library

Hit the Road, Helen!, by Kate McMullen, at Ex Libris

Hokey Pokey, by Jerry Spinelli, at crossreferencing

Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill, at Good Reads with Rona

Keeper of the Black Stones, by P.T. McHugh, at Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde, at books4yourkids

The Monster in the Mudball, by S.P. Gates, at Kid Lit Reviews

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail, by Richard Peck, at Faith Elizabeth Hough

New Lands, by Geoff Rodkey, at Becky's Book Reviews

Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, by D. Robert Pease, at Time Travel Times Two

North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler, at Books Together 

The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at For the Love of Books and Lunar Rainbows

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co.), by Jonathan Stroud, at Fuse #8

Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, at Becky's Book Reviews

Sky Pony, by Elaine Breault Hammond, at Charlotte's Library

Starbounders, by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, at Charlotte's Library

Texting the Underworld, by Ellen Booraem, at Kid Lit Reviews 

The Time Fetch, by Amy Herrick, at Bookalicious, The Hopeful Heroine, and Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt, at Green Bean Teen Queen (with interview)

The Underland Chronicles, by Suzanne Collins, at Leaf's Reviews (note--the link goes to the wrap-up post; scroll through for individual posts)

What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World, by Henry Clark, at Candace's Book Blog and Charlotte's Library

The Year of Shadows, by Claire Legrand, at Book Yurt

Authors Talking

Kathi Appelt (The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp) at There's a Book

Ellen Booraem (Texting the Underworld) at The Enchanted Inkpot  and Literary Rambles

Amy Herrick (The Time Fetch) at Novel Novice

#Doll Bones, by Holly Black--archived Twitter chat at Kid Lit Frenzy

Other Good Stuff

I am tremendously impressed by the pool of would-be panelists who have already applied for the Cybils in the first few days...but there is room for more.  The deadline is the 31 of August.  Here's my post about how it all works.

And thanks to the applicant who mentioned that Boston has Kidlit Drink Nights, which I didn't know about.  I am tempted; my husband manages to go to Boston lots, so it must be possible....

Through that link I found out about  the Boston Teen Author Festival--September 21st, from 11am-430pm at the Cambridge Public Library. 

Continuing on in a social vein,  the seventh annual KidLitCon is being planned for November 8th and 9th in Austin, Texas;  I am going, and hope lots of you will too!

A post on magical rooms in children's fiction at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

The Book Smugglers hosted a middle-grade round table, where five bloggers, including me, shared their favorite middle grade books (my five are the fantasy books I loved best back when I was ten or so).

Children of the King, by Sonya Hartnett, is the Children' Book Council of Australia's Younger Readers Book of the Year for 2013:  "Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure."  It comes out here in the US in March of 2014; this is the Australian cover.


  1. This week seems to have a bunch of posts on books I've never heard of (but have awesome titles...goes to read all the review....)

    I did a review of Michael Grant's Gone this week, here' a link

    1. I think that's more YA, but thanks for sending the link anyway! I appreciate it.

  2. Great lineup of reviews, thanks for including mine.

  3. Great round-up as usual, Charlotte! Hope you have lots of fun at KidLitCon.

  4. So jealous of everyone going to KidLitCon! There's no way I can make it this year, but have fun!


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