This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi/fantasy from around the blogs (9/29/13)

Here's this week's gathering of what I found in my blog reading of interest to readers of Middle Grade sci fi/fantasy.  Please let me know if I missed your post!

Before anything else--nominations for the Cybils open on October 1!  All are welcome to show love for their favorite books in a variety of categories from picture book to YA, including Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction....I can't link to the nomination page yet, of course, but here's the EMG SF category description.  Books published from Oct. 16, 2012 to Oct.15, 2013 are eligible, and I've made a handy list of every eligible EMG SF book reviewed by Kirkus during that period (with the coming fortnight to be added) to refresh my own memory....

The Reviews

43 Old Cemetery Road: Dying to Meet You, by Kate Klise, at books4yourkids

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield, by John Bemelmans Marciano, at Becky's Book Reviews

Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception, by Eoin Colfer, at So Many Books, So Little Time 

The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander, at Tor

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles de Lint, at Hidden in Pages

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, at alibrarymama 

Darkbeast Rebellion, by Morgan Keyes, at Not Acting My Age  and Charlotte's Library

Exile (Keeper of the Lost Cities, book 2), by Shannon Messenger, at The Write Stuff

Fortunatly, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman, at books4yourkids  and Waking Brain Cells

Ghost Town (Saranormal book 1) by Phoebe Rivers, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Beth Fish Reads

The Good Little Devil and Other Tales, by Pierre Gripari, at the Children's Book Blog at The Independent

The King's Ransom, by Cheryl Carpinello, at magical middle-grade literature

The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer, at Fyrefly's Book Blog

The Last Present, by Wendy Mass, at Ms. Yingling Reads  and Charlotte's Library

The Lost Kingdom, by Matthew Kirby, at Charlotte's Library

My Rotten Life, by David Lubar, at Middle Grade Mafioso

Operaton:Golden Bum (Fangs-Vampire Spy), by Tommy Donbavand, at Readaraptor

The Princess of Cortova, by Diane Stanley, at Kid Lit Geek

The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at Waking Brain Cells, Nerdy Book Club, Book-A-Day Almanac, Fuse #8, and Ritchie's Picks

The Return of the Indian, by Lynne Reid Banksat Time Travel Times Two 

Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell, at The Book Monsters 

The Runaway King, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Bibliophile Support Group

The Sasquatch Escape, by Suzanne Selfors, at Reading Rumpus Book Reviews

Scare Scape, by Sam Fisher, at Library of Clean Books

The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at Pages Unbound

The Shadow Thieves, by Anne Ursu, at Bibliophilic Monologues

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, by Nikki Loftin, at Michelle Mason

Sky Jumpers, by Peggy Eddleman, at My Precious and Ms. Yingling Reads

Stanley Finnigan and the Race Around the Universe, by Dan Cuoco, at Melody & Words

Substitute Creature, by Charles Gilman, at From the Shadows

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at Tales of the Marvelous

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt, at Sal's Fiction Addiction

The Time Fetch, by Amy Herrick, at Jean Little Library

The Whatnot, by Stephen Bachmann, at Random Musings of  Bibliophile

Wild Born (Spirit Animals Book 1), by Brandon Mull, at Bookalicious

An "abundance of children's books" at Things Mean a Lot, including Fortunatly, the Milk, The Abominables, and Mrs. Frisby and Rats of N.I.M.H.

And Maureen at By Singing Light re-reads the Dark is Rising series

Authors and Interviews

Peggy Edleman (Sky Jumpers) at The League of Extraordinary Writers and Literary Rambles (giveaway) 

Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (Starbounders) at Literary Rambles (giveaway) and Nerdy Book Club

Anne Urus (The Real Boy) at Jean Booknerd (with review and giveaway)

Jennifer Nielsen (The False Prince) at Eating Y.A. Books

Ellen Booraem (Texting the Underworld) at Cynsations (giveaway)

Margaret Peterson Haddix, at The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow

Other Good Stuff

"Defending The Giver," a guest post by Elsa Ouvrar-Prettol at Teen Librarian Toolbox 

 Ten feline fantasies, at Views From the Tesseract

I wrote a two part post about Middle Grade blogs as "fans, gatekeepers, partners of industry, and members of a gender-imbalanced community."  Part 1 is here, with link at the end to Part 2.

Kidlitcon cometh, and I goeth.

Rapunzel's Tower under construction, found at Once Upon a Blog

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