This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (7.27.14)

The last round-up of July....please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

The Ability, by M.M. Vaughan, at CSL Children's Department Blog

Blue Moon, by James Ponti, at The Book Monsters

Blue Sea Burning, by Geoff Rodkey, at The Book Monsters

The Broken King, by Philip Womack, at Our Book Reviews Online

The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Haskell, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Fairy Luck, by J.L. Bryan, at Word Spelunking

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at A Tapestry of Words

Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell, by Jen Barton, at This Kid Reviews Books

The Fog of Forgetting, by G.A. Morgan, at Charlotte's Library (with necklace giveaway!)

Hollow Earth, by John and Carol E. Barrowman, at Second Childhood Reviews

The Hound of Rowan, by Henry H. Neff, at Leaf's Reviews

How I Became a Ghost, by Tim Tingle, at Guys Lit Wire

Hunt for the Hydra, by Jason Fry, at alibrarymama 

The Luck Uglies, by Paul Durham, at Waking Brian Cells

Magic in the Mix, by Annie Barrows, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, at Log Cabin Library

Nightingale's Nest, by Nikki Loftin, at Good Books and Good Wine

Nim's Island, by Wendy Orr, at Books & Other Thoughts

Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, at Wandering Librarians

Oliver and the Seawigs, by Philip Reeve, at The Hiding Spot books4yourkids and In Bed With Books

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at Fantasy Book Critic and Good Reads with Ronna

The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson, at The Write Path'

Skullduggery Pleasant, books 1-3, by Derek Landy, at Woven Magic

The Storybook of Legends, by Shannon Hale, at Hit or Miss Books

The Swap, by Megan Shull, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
and Once Upon a Twilight

A Tale of Two Castles, by Gail Carson Levine, at Librarian of Snark

Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul, by Michelle Isenhoff, at Christina Mercer

The Terror of the Southlands, by Caroline Carlson, at Wandering Librarians

The Time of the Fireflies, by Kimberley Griffiths Little, at Word Spelunking

Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi, at Nerdy Book Club

a two-fer (sp?) at the Social Potato--The Luck Uglies and The Eighth Day

and another two-fer at Ms. Yingling Reads-- The Gloomy Ghost, by David Lubar, and  File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (All The Wrong Questions #2.5) by Lemony Snicket
The Avatar Battle, by Chad Morris, at The Write Path

Other Good Stuff

A Kidlitcon 2014 update from Jen at Jen Robinson's Book Page,  and at KidLitosphere Central, Tanita asks "What do we mean when we talk about diversity....and how you can contribute to the conversation."  The deadline for session proposals is August 1st.

And speaking of diversity, here's a nice list of mg sff fantasy books that fit the bill at Girls in Capes!

And here's another good list, of magical time travel books, at Views from the Tesseract  (when I started reviewing a time travel book every Tuesday, four years ago, I thought I would run out of books in about five or six years.  How wrong I was!)

Did you ever read E. Nesbit's story for younger children, The Book of Dragons?  It's a collection of eight lovely dragon stories.   At Oz and Ends, I just learned that a comics adaptation of the story is in the works from online comics magazine Off Registration, with help from Kickstarter.

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