This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs (july 10, 2016)

Here are the middle grade fantasy and sci fi posts I found in my combing of book blogs this week; please let me know if I missed yours!

The Reviews

Alcatraz VS The Evil Librarians, by Brandon Sanderson, at Lunar Rainbows

The Beginner's Guide to Curses: Spellchasers 1, by Lari Don, at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books

The Big Dark, by Rodman Philbrick, at Say What?

The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase, by Wendy Mass, at Say What?

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, by Janet Fox, at Leaf's Reviews

The Curse of the Were-Hyena, by Bruce Hale, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Darkstalker, by Tui T. Sutherland, at Charlotte's Library

The Forgotten Sisters,by Shannon Hale, at Reading Violet

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, at Lazy Day Literature

Grayling's Song, by Karen Cushman, at the NY Times, and Cracking the Cover

The Hidden Oracle, by Rick Riordan, at Book Munchies

The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz, at Fuse #8

The Knights of Crystallia (Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians #3), by Brandon Sanderson, at Geo Librarian

The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez, by Robin Yardi, at Jean Little Library

The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price, by Jennifer Maschari, at Randomly Reading

School of the Dead, by Avi, at Say What?

Serafina and the Twisted Staff, by Robert Beatty, at The Book Smugglers

The Seventh Wish, by Kate Messner, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile, Charlotte's Library, and Welcome to My (New) Tweendom

The Silver Bowl, by Diane Stanley, at Leaf's Reviews

Thor: Dueling with Giants, by Keith R.A. DeCandido, at Diary of a Reading Addict

The Voyage to Magical North, by Claire Fayers,at On Starships and Dragonwings and Barnes and Noble Kids Blog

The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown, at Waking Brain Cells

Zahrah the Windseeker, by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, at @HomeLibrarian

Authors and Interviews

Bontle Senne (Shadow Chasers Book 1: Powers of the Knife), at The Book Fairy's Haven (a South African debut)


Serafina and the Black Cloak and Serafina and the Twisted Staff, by Robert Beatty, at The Book Smugglers

Other Good Stuff

Not much other good stuff in this sad, sad week.  But here's what I have.

The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize long list is up, and even though it's not middle grade, I am in love with this cover in particular (it's an Othello retelling in space).

Kidlitcon 2016 is coming this October in Wichita, Kansas!  Kidlitcon is a conference of book bloggers and others interested in wide-ranging conversations about children's books.  This year's theme is Gatekeepers and Keymasters: Connecting bloggers, librarians, teachers, authors, and parents to promote literacy.   The call for presenters is currently open; if you would like to be part of a panel, but don't feel ready to organize one yourself, please sent me an email (charlotteslibrary at gmail dot com) to let me know what you might be interested in talking about!

And also on the horizon are the Cybils Awards, given by bloggers.  Now is the time to start thinking about applying to be a panelist--it is open to all bloggers, and we welcome new folks!  So get your sample posts ready for the category of your choosing. Here's a Cybils information post I did last year.  All of you who's blogs regularly appear in these round ups--do consider applying in Middle Grade Speculative Fiction (the category for which I am organizer).  It is lots of fun.


  1. Me again! :) Could you please add my review of Thor: Dueling With Giants by Keith R A DeCandido? Please & thank you :)

    1. It's in, thanks! It doesn't seem to have been published for MG readers, but it does seem like one they'd enjoy.

    2. I was a little confused over the target age as well, some people think it's YA, and some thinks it's MG/kids *shrugs* there's nothing in it content-wise that I don't see in other kids' books anyway. Thank you for adding it :)


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