This week's round-up of middle grade speculative fiction from around the blogs (6/1/14)

Yay for June and only two more days left of actual school for my eighth grader!  Yay for next weekend--the 48 Hour Book Challenge (my first weekend with no eighth grade homework to fret me!)

 I myself have only one mg spec fic post to offer today (though I have been making good progress with eighth grade French), but here's what I found in my blog reading.  Let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

Bite Sized Magic, by Kathryn Littlewood, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Boys of Blur, by N. D. Wilson, at The Write Path

The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Haskell, at alibrarymama and Speculating on Spec Fic

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, by Claire Legrand, at Books Take You Places

The Doll in the Garden, by Mary Downing Hahn, at books4yourkids

The Eighth Day, by Dianne Salerni, at Akossiwa Ketoglo  and Charlotte's Library

Enchantress From the Stars, by Sylvia Louise Engdahl,  at The Emerald City Book Review 

The Eye of Zoltar, by Jasper Fforde, at Teen Librarian's Tool Box

Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, at Wondrous Reads

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Leaf's Reviews

The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley, at Fyrefly's Book Blog 

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw, by Christopher Healy, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia, 
This Kid Reviews Books and Small Review (last two with giveaways)

The Interupted Tale, by Maryrose Wood, at Good Books and Good Wine (audiobook review)

The Island of Chaldea, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Kid Lit Geek

The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris, by Jason Fry, at Views From the Tesseract

The Luck Uglies, by Paul Durham, at Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

The Menagerie, by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland, at Books4Tomorrow

Mouseheart, by Lisa Fielder, at Book Nut

Mr. Bass's Planetoid, by Eleanor Cameron, at Tor

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, at Great Kid Books

The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, at In Libris Veritas

The Real Boy, by Anne Urse, at alibrarymama

The Titanic Locket (Haunted Museum) by Suzanne Weyn, at Mom Read It

The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex, at The Book Smugglers

Wait Till Helen Comes, by Mary Downing Hahn, at books4yourkids

Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple, by Lars Guignard, at Candace's Book Blog

Three Ozma-centric Oz books at Tales of the Marvelous

Authors and Interviews

Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) at PEN America

The Curators of The Cabinet of Curiosites at The Enchanted Inkpot and at Cynsations (with giveaway)

Anna Staniszewski (My Very UnFairy Tale Life and more) at The Book Cellar

Kit Grindstaff (The Flame in the Mist) at The Book Cellar

Other Good Stuff

At the Inky Page--the four worst cliches in middle grade fantasy

10 Dystopias for the younger reader, at Views From the Tesseract

Here's the conference program for the first meeting of the Australian Fairy Tale Society, via Once Upon a Blog

Leila at Bookshelves of Doom is returning to the weird weird world of Nancy Drew with a hilarious look at "The Message In the Hollow Oak."

Great diversity links this week at Diversity in YA

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  1. I enjoyed The Inky Page's Four Worst Cliches in MG Fantasy. I especially agree with orphans and standard fairy tale creatures being overdone! Lately I've become interested in finding stories about selkies. I hope they aren't yet considered 'standard' ;)

    1. I think there's still lots of room for selkies! There's a new one this spring you might like--Lost Children of the Far Islands, by Emily Raabe

  2. These look like some wonderful titles and though I don't read Middle Grade fiction, I'm willing to give a few of these a try as they sound very intriguing!

  3. Wait Till Helen Comes was one of my favorite books as a child.


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