The elementary/middle grade speculative fiction books reviewed by School Library Journal that aren't in the Kirkus list I made

After publishing my updated Kirkus list of Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction books (with an eye to Cybils nominations), I was filled with doubt regarding all the books that Kirkus didn't review.  So I went to the  School Library Journal's monthly lists of books they reviewed and pulled out the ones that looked eligible (no guarantees, though--I was trying to move along quickly).

So if you haven't yet nominated a book in EMG SF, maybe one of these is the book for you!  The ones already nominated are in green.


KELLY, Jacqueline. Return to the Willows.


BAUER, Hans & Catherine MasciolaFishtale

BURGESS, V. L. The Mapmaker’s Sons

NEIMARK, Gillian. The Golden Rectangle. 
ODYSSEY, Shawn Thomas. The Magician’s Tower. 

RESNICK, Jacqueline. The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie. 

THOMSON, Jamie. Dark Lord: The Early Years.
KARCHUT , Darby. Finn Finnegan. 

LERANGIS , Peter. The Colossus Rises. 

MAGNIN , Joyce. Cake: Love, Chickens and a Taste of Peculiar.


HOLUB , Joan & Suzanne Williams. Poseidon and the Sea of Fury.

NYLUND , Eric. Titan Base. Bk. 3. 276p. (The Resisters Series)
THOMPSON , Paul B. The Fortune-Teller. 

GRIFFITHS, Andy. The 13-Story Treehouse. 

HOLT, Christopher. The Vanishing. Bk. 1.  (The Last Dogs Series). 

WINDHAM, Ryder with Jason Fry. Battle Mountain. Bk. 2. 260p. (Transformers Classified Series)


BRADLEY, Timothy J. Infestation.
KROSOCZKA, Jarrett J. The Frog Who Croaked. 
MATTHEWS, Patrick. Dragon Run. 
OLIVER, Lin & Theo Baker. The Shadow Mask.


DANESHVARI, Gitty. Ghoulfriends Just Want to Have Fun. Bk. 2.
HAIG, Matt. To Be a Cat.

HOLT, Christopher. Dark Waters. Bk. 2.. (The Last Dogs Series).
YOLEN, Jane &  Adam Stemple. The Hostage Prince. 


FAGAN, Cary. Danny, Who Fell in a Hole.

KAPLAN, Bruce Eric. Cousin Irv from Mars.

LUBAR, David. Numbed! 

SALANE, Jeffrey. Lawless. Bk. 1. 277p. (Lawless Series).

SODERBERG, Erin. The Quirks: Welcome to Normal.

SUTCLIFFE, William. The Wall. 


GEORGE, Jessica Day. Wednesdays in the Tower

JARVIS, Robin. Dark Waters of Hagwood.

KELLEY, Jane. The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya.

SACKETT, Frances. The Misadventures of the Magician’s Dog. 


AMATEAU, Gigi. Macadoo of the Maury River

BATES, Ron. How to Make Friends and Monsters.

CURTIS, Vanessa. The Haunting of Tabitha Grey.

ELSE, Barbara. The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A Tale of Fontania. 

FITZGERALD, Sarah Moore. Back to Blackbrick.

HOBBS, Valerie. Wolf

RIMES, Raleigh. Dinosaurology: The Search for a Lost World. illus. by G. Blythe et al. 30p. (Ologies Series).


  1. Charlotte, you do so much work for this category - it's impressive! Thanks for sharing!

  2. You are so thorough. Thanks for all your work compiling that list.


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