This Week's Round-up of Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (8/25/13)

Before anything else, I want to remind you all that the deadline for applying to be a Cybils Panelist is August 31, and you can go here to apply (in Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, perhaps....).  If you know not whereof I speak, here's my explanatory post.  It is a lot of fun, and very worthwhile.

Here's what I found in my blog reading this past week; please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews:

The Book of Doom, by Barry Hutchison, at Buried Under Books

The Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh, at Hidden In Pages

Curse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring 4), by Matt De La Pena, at Charlotte's Library

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Teach Mentor Texts

Ghost Hawk, by Susan Cooper, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell, at Charlotte's Library

The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, by Christopher Healy, at Reading Rumpus Book Reviews

How to Catch a Boggle, by Catherine Jinks, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile and Wandering Librarians

I Was a Seventh Grade Monster Hunter, by A.G. Kent, at Oh, for the HOOK of a BOOK

Jack Templar Monster Hunter, by Jeff Gunhus, at Creating Imaginations

Keeper of Reign, by Emma Right, at Bookworm for Kids

Listening for Lucca, by Suzanne LaFleur, at That Blog Belongs to Emily Brown

Magyk, and Flyte, by Angie Sage, at Here There Be Books

Mirage, by Jenn Reese, at The Write Path

Momo, by Michael Ende, at In Bed With Books

The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail, by Richard Peck, at Hope is the Word

The Neptune Project, by Polly Holyoke, at Presenting Lenore

North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler, at books4yourkids

The Planet Thieves, by Dan Krokos, at Maria's Melange and Fantasy Literature

Playing With Fire, by Bruce Hale and Brandon Dorman, at The Book Cellar

Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff, at Akossiwa Ketoglo and Welcome to My Tweendom

The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Elfswood, Transcribing These Dreams, and Wrathqueen's Books

The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at Sharon the Librarian

Sent (The Missing, Book 2), by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Time Travel Times Two

Song of the Quarkbeast, by Jasper Fforde, at Teen Librarian Toolbox

The Time Fetch, by Amy Herrick, at My Precious and The Hiding Spot

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt, at The Book Monsters

What Came From the Stars, by Gary D. Schmidt, at Not Acting My Age

When the Butterflies Came, by Kimberley Griffiths Little, at Charlotte's Library

The Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer, at As Life Like As

A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin, at alibrarymama

Year of Shadows, by Claire Legrand, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile, The Book Smugglers, Cuddlebuggery, and Jen Robinson's Book Page

A peak at three violent books at Ms. Yingling Reads--Goeglein, T.M. Flicker & Burn, Higson, Charlie. The Sacrifice. (#4), and Sanderson, Brandon. Steelheart (Reckoners#1)

Authors and Interviews

Ellen Booraem (Texting the Underworld) at Manga Maniac Café

Claire Legrand (The Year of Shadows) at the Wordpress Blog , Electrician Richardson, and A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust

Kathi Appelt (The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp) at The Brain Lair

Claudia White (Aesop's Secret) at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Anne Ursu (The Real Boy) featured in the "So You Want to Read Middle Grade" series at GreenBeanTeenQueen

Marianne Malone (The Pirate's Coin) at Nerdy Book Club

Other Good Stuff

"Witches in Children's Literature" at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

At Views from the Tesseract, there's a look at sci fi/fantasy anthologies for young readers past and present

For a more scholarly look at mg sff than one usually finds online, here's "Trapped by Transformation:  The Place for Female Identity in the Stoneheart Trilogy," by Alya Hameed at The Unjournal of Children's Literature.

I don't think I would have wanted Zombie Princess Dolls when I was young, nor do I want them now, but maybe someone will?  (more info. here)


  1. Thanks for featuring my review!

  2. Thanks for the shout out!

  3. Thanks very much for including my article on Stoneheart in your round-up. was a pleasant surprise to see it getting wide readership.

    1. You're welcome! I'm glad to know people clicked through!


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