This week's round-up of Middle Grade science fiction and fantasy from around the blogs (Sept. 1, 2013)

Welcome to the first MG SFF of fall...or perhaps the last MG SFF round-up of summer--I still have one kid who hasn't started school yet. 

Please let me know if I missed your posts so that I can stick them in!

The Reviews

The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, at vikki vansickle on reading, writing, and other pipe dreams

The Arcade Catastrophe, by Brandon Mull, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Castle of Shadows, by Ellen Renner, at Kiss the Book

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles De Lint, at alibrarymama

Curse of the Broomstaff (Janitors 3), by Tyler Whitesides, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

Doll Bones, by Holly Black, at Slatebreakers and GreenBeanTeenQueen

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Guys Lit Wire and Jennifer Rumberger

The Fellowship for Alien Detection, by Kevin Emerson, at Dragons Who Read

The Flame in the Mist, by Kit Grindstaff, at A Reader of Fictions

Fyre, by Angie Sage, at Log Cabin Library

Ghost Hawk, by Susan Cooper, at We Sat Down

Goblins, by Philip Reeve, at Charlotte's Library

The Golden Door, by Emily Rodda, at Good Books and Good Wine

A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle, at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Guys Read: Other Worlds, edited by Jon Scieszka, at Charlotte's Library

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, at Pages Unbound

How to Catch a Boogle, by Catherine Jinks, at magical middle grade literature

Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire, by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams, at Back to Books

Janitors, by Tyler Whitesides, at The Readathon

Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger, at The Write Path

Keeper of Reign, by Emma Right, at A TiffyFit's Reading Corner

Lake of Skulls: a Knight's Story, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, at mstamireads

Listening for Lucca, by Suzanne LaFleur, at Charlotte's Library

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, at The Book Zone and Snuggling on the Sofa

The Lost Kingdom, by Matthew Kirby, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Mary Poppins Comes Back, by P.L. Travers, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende (a flashback, rather than a review per se) at Views From the Tesseract

North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler, at Great Imaginations

Oliver and the Seawigs, by Philip Reeve, at Thoughts from the Hearthfire

Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, at Dead Houseplants

Professor Gargoyle, by Charles Gilman, at Kayla's Reads and Reviews

The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at Bluerose's Heart

Rose, by Holly Webb, at Next Best Book, Books Beside My Bed, Hook of a Book, and The Book Cellar

Roverandum, by J.R.R. Tolkien, at The Literaray Omnivore

Secrets of New Forest Academy (Janitors, Book 2), by Tyler Whitesides, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, at The Shady Glade

Sleeping Beauty's Daughters, by Diane Zahler, at There's a Book and Manga Maniac Café

The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Book Twerps

The Time Fetch, by Amy Herrick, at books4yourkids and Margo Berendsen

W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin, by Eoin Colfer, at Teen Librarian Tool Box (audiobook review)

Wednesdays in the Tower, by Jessica Day George, at Welcome to My Tweendom

The Year of Shadows, by Claire Legrand, at The Pretty Good Gatsby

Zombie Camp, by Naida Higgins, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Authors and Interviews

Anne Ursu (The Real Boy) at Kirby's Lane

Mike Jung (Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities) at Writers on the Journey

Claire Legrand (The Year of Shadows) at Teach Mentor Texts and The Midnight Garden

Tyler Whitesides (the Janitors series) at The Write Path

Ellen Booraem (Texting the Underworld) at The Scene 13 Blog

Other Good Stuff

A nice list of dragon books at Views from the Tesseract

Witches: Queens, Chrones, and Little Girls, at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

Two reading challenges of interest to MG SFF readers-- A Fairy Tale Readathon, hosted by Debz Bookshelf, and the eighth R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (RIP) Challenge hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings

For those desperate to stay au courant with middle grade sci fi/fantasy, I (in a fit of madness) went through Kirkus' review from October 16, 2012 to the present and plucked out all the MG sff books, which I then made into a list.  Why October 16?  Because that is the beginning date of eligibility for this year's Cybils Awards contenders (I'll keep updating this list until October 15, the cut-off date).

Finally, here's a lovely round-up of lego libraries and bookstores at Book Riot. For example, the interior of Powell's:


  1. Thank you for the round-up. I'm off to look through your list.

  2. Just a quick correction: It's The Lost Kingdom by Matthew Kirby (you put Hidden).

    As always thanks for the work that goes into this. I look forward to going through it every Sunday. :)

    1. I am very worried about reviewing the Lost Kingdom, because I am pretty sure that Hidden is going to slip in there again...sigh.

  3. Thanks for sharing the roundup!


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