This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi/fantasy from around the blogs (12/1/13)

Happy December!  The first door of this year's Star Wars Advent Callender has been opened, revealling a droid (and I got to say "that's not the droid you're looking for.")  I have bought most of my Christmas presents (and if you want book ideas for a 10 or 13 year old boy, here's what they're getting), and last night, in a fit of Christmas Ambition, we made our own holiday gift tags.   There are reasons why I don't have an Etsy store (although I think it captures the hopeful spirit in which I give gifts).

And now, the round-up; please let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews

The Atomic Weight of Secrets, by Eden Unger Bowditch, at My Precious

The Clockwork Three, by Matthew Kirby, at Next Best Book

The Contagious Colors of Mumply Middle School, by Fowler DeWitt,  at The Book Monsters

The Creature Department, by Robert Paul Weston, at Charlotte's Library

The Dark Secret (Wings of Fire Book 4), by Tui T. Sutherland, at Charlotte's Library

Dial-a-Ghost, by Eva Ibbotson, at Here There Be Books

Eldritch Manor, by Kim Thompson, at That's Another Story

Ever After High, by Shannon Hale, at Fantasy Book Critic

Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, at Kid Lit Geek

Frogged, by Vivian Vende Velde, at Sonderbooks

The Girl Who Soared Above Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Hidden in Pages

Ghost Hawk, by Susan Cooper, at Book Nut

Ghost Knight, by Cornelia Funke, at Lust and Coffee

The Grimm Conclusion, by Adam Gidwitz, at Reads for Keeps

The Land of Stories series, by Chris Colfer, at CC Riley

The Locket of Dreams, by Belinda Murrell, at Charlotte's Library

The Name of this Book is Secret, by Pseudonymous Bosch, at Between These Pages

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at ACReads

Parched, by Melanie Crowder, at Views From the Tesseract

Rain of the Ghosts, by Greg Weisman, at Great Imaginations

The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu, at Kid's Books 101 and The Adventures of Cecelia Bedila

Rose, by Holly Webb, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Rules for Ghosting, by A.J. Paquette, at Michelle I. Mason

Rump, by Leisl Shurtliff, at The Book Monsters

The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Late Nights With Good Books

Skellig, by David Almond, at Library of Clean Reads

Why Kimba Saved the World, by Meg Welch Dendler, at This Kid Reviews Books

Wicked Cruel, by Rich Wallace, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Three short EMG SFF book notes at Book Nut--Lonely Lake Monster, The Ghost Prison, and Mickey Price: Journey to Oblivion

And another three at The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia--Flora and Ulysses, The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, and Fortunatly the Milk

Other Good Stuff

If you enjoy buying books, check out the call for books for Ballou Sr High School in Washington DC at Guys Lit Wire.  And there's also Kidlit for the Philippines, and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression auction of beautiful picture book art at ebay.


  1. Thanks for posting this round-up, Charlotte! I also reviewed THE REAL BOY this week (http://ceceliabedelia.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-real-boy.html).

  2. I think the reindeer thumbprint is cute!


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