This week's round up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (11/17/13)

Welcome to another round-up, on the lighter side this week.  I myself only reviewed one book, and it was YA; although I came back from KidLitCon all enthusiastic about this blogging thing, I am although enthusiastic about getting the windows all back in before it gets really really cold.  In any event...

Reviews (do let me know if I missed yours!)

Book of Enchantments, by Patricia C. Wrede, at Reading is Fun Again

The Creature Department, by Robert Paul Weston, at Librarian of Snark and Geo Librarian

Chupacabra, by Roland Smith, at  Teen Librarian Tool Box

Dragonbreath: the Case of the Toxic Mutants, by Ursula Vernon, at Jean Little Library

Ever After High: The Story Book of Legends, by Shannon Hale, at Becky's Book Reviews

Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamilo, at In Bed With Books and For Those About to Mock

Ghost Hawk, by Susan Cooper, at Book Nut

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Fantasy Literature and Book Nut

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, by Chris Riddell, at Wondrous Reads

Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell, at alibrarymama

The House of Hades, by Rick Riordan, at Kid Lit Geek (and lots of other places you can find yourself)

Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carson, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Magician's Tower, by Shawn Thomas Odyssey, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail, by Richard Peck, at The Book Monsters

My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending, by Anna Staniszewski, at The Write Path

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

The Queen and the Nobody Boy, by Barbara Else, at Sharon the Librarian

Rose, by Holly Webb, at Fuse #8

Sky Jumpers, by Peggy Eddleman, at Karissa's Reading Review

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt, at A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy and Book Log

The Wednesdays, by Julie Bourbeau, at Books and Other Thoughts

Plus an interesting foursome at alibrarymama:  Iris Brave (Soul Jumpers 1), by Ali B. Dewey, Song of the Quarkbeast, by Jasper Fforde, A Box of Gargoyles, by Anne Nesbet, and The Princess of Cortova, by Diane Stanley.

Authors and Interviews:

Anne Ursu (The Real Boy) talks character at Falling Leaflets

Matthew J. Kirby (The Lost Kingdom) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Jonathan Stroud (The Screaming Staircase) shares Top Tips for a Scary Story at Nerdy Book Club

Other Good Stuff:

Another fun top ten at Views from the Tesseract; this time it's little folk.

If you want great books for a great cause, visit the Authors for the Philippines auction.

It's A More Diverse Universe weekend; click through for links to spec fic books by writers of color (so far I myself have only read one and half books for this, but the day is young....which means you have a chance to join in too!).

And finally, I couldn't resist sharing this Alice in Wonderland/Doctor Who mash-up by artist Karen Hallion, found at Maria's Melange, which you can find as a print or notecard on Etsy or get as a shirt on The Shirt List:

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