This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi/fantasy goodness from around the blogs (7/6/14)

Here is this week's round-up, a little late today, because of spending the morning tyring to wrest a living from the hostile soil etc (ie, weeding) and difficulties wresting a computer away from hostile young (mine is not working) and difficulties putting down, of all things, Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which came up in conversation yesterday, as sometimes happens, even to the best of us.

If I missed your post, I'm sorry.  Let me know, and I will add it!

The Reviews:

The Boundless, by Kenneth Oppel, at Fantasy Literature

The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merre Haskill, at Kid Lit Geek and Semicolon

Clone Catcher, by Alfred Slote, at Views From the Tesseract

Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede, at 300 Pages

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Tales of the Marvelous

The Feral Child, by Che Golden, at Tea in the Teacups

The Glass Sentence, by S. E. Grove, at Book Nut

The Interrupted Tale, by Maryrose Wood, at Sonderbooks 

Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis, at Puss Reboots

Key to Kashdune, by Claudia White, at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books 

The Lost Kingdom, by Matthew Kirby, at Mister K Reads

The Luck Uglies, by Paul Durham, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

Maddy West and the Tongue Taker, by Brian Falkner, at Kid Lit Reviews

Minion, by John David Anderson, at Ms. Yingling Reads and The Book Monsters 

Missing, Presumed Evil, by Garth Nix and Sean Williams, at Speculating on SpecFic

Northwood, by Brian Faulkner, at The Write Path

Saving Lucas Biggs, by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague, at Semicolon 

The School For Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, at Hidden in Pages

The Spellcoats, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Tales of the Marvelous

The Spirit Animal series, by various authors, at alibrarymama

The Thickety: A Path Begins, by J.A. White, at Waking Brain Cells

Authors and Interviews

Paul Durham (The Luck Uglies) at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books

John David Anderson (Minion) at The Book Monsters

Other Good Stuff

The Guardian Children's Prize Longlist has been announced.  (The Dark Wild, sequel to The Last Wild, is on it....I have had Last Wild for months and months, but not yet read it sigh.)

Book fun places to go with kids in England at Playing by the Book with special attention to "A Viking's Guide to Deadly Dragons"

A nice list of ten Diverse spec fic stories at Views From the Tesseract

Mary Rodgers, author of Freaky Friday, has died (I have never read Freaky Friday, and feel vaguely that I should).

And----- The Call for Proposals for KidLitCon 2014 is now live!  (Please come to Sacramento this fall--I am going and I would like you all to be there too.)


  1. I love the summary of children's book exhibitions. I wish there were some closer to home!

  2. I was sad about Rodgers death - the Freaky Friday stories were wonderful.

  3. Thanks for this round-up as always, Charlotte! I'm off to check out that Guardian list...


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