this week's round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy (10/9/2016)

Here's what I found in this week's blog reading; pleaes let me know I missed your post!

It's Cybils Award nomination time--anyone can nominate their favorite books in a wide variety of categoires, including Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction!  There are still lots of great books that haven't been nominated (Brandy has a list here; Wrinkled Crown has been nominated since she posted it but the others are still up for grabs!).  I've put asterisks next to the un-nominated books reviewed this week that are eligible (first published between Oct 16 2015 and Oct 15 2016, widely available in the US). Here's where you go to nominate.

The Reviews

Beautiful Blue World, by Suzanne LaFleur, at Ex Libris

*Behind the Canvas, by Alexander Vance, at Semicolon

*The Bronze Key, by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, at Hidden in Pages (audiobook review)

*A Clatter of Jars, by Lisa Graff, at Semicolon

Crash Landing, by Zac Harrison at Got My Book (audiobook review)

Elliot and the Goblin Wars, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Book Dreaming

*The Evil Wizard Smallbone, by Delia Sherman, at Emerald City Book Review

The Firefly Code, by Megan Frazer Blakemore, at Puss Reboots

*Five Children on the Western Front, by Kate Saunders, at Semicolon

Furthermore, by Tahereh Mafi, at Semicolon

Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar, at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

*The Gathering (Shadow House #1), by Dan Poblocki, at Mom Read It

*Gears of Revolution, by J. Scott Savage, at Always in the Middle

The Halloweeds, by Veronica Cossanteli, at So Many Books, So Little Time

*Hercufleas, by Sam Gayton, at BooksForKidsBlog

House of Many Ways, by Diana Wynne Jones, at Leaf's Reviews

The Inquisitor's Tale, by Adam Gidwitz, at Middle Grade Mafioso

*The Last Monster, by Ginger Garrett, at Puss Reboots

*A Little Taste of Poison, by R.J. Anderson, at The Book Wars and Random Musings of a Bibliphile

The Littlest Bigfoot, by Jennifer Weiner, at Ex Libris

*The Lost Compass, by Joel Ross, at Bibliobrit

*The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart, by Lauren DeStefano, at Charlotte's Library

The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle, by Gabrielle Kent, at Charlotte's Library

The Seventh Wish, by Kate Messner, at Susan Uhlig

*Shadow Magic, by Joshua Khan, at Bart's Bookshelf

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, by Jonathan Auxier, at Puss Reboots

Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi, by Jason Fry, at Boys Rule, Boys Read

*Strange Star, by Emma Carroll, at The Book Smugglers

*Time Traveling with a Hamster, by Ross Weldord, at My Brain on Books

The Wolves of Whilloughby Chase, by Joan Aiken, at By Singing Light

Two hamster books at Ms. Yingling Reads--*Time Traveling with a Hamster, by Ross Weldord, and *Hamstersaurus Rex, by Tom O'Donnell

When the Sea Turned to Silver, by Grace Lin, at Great Kid Gooks 

The Wolves of Whilloughby Chase, by Joan Aiken, at By Singing Light

Authors and Interviews

Bridget Hodder (The Rat Prince) at Cynsations

Inbali Iserles (*Foxcraft: The Elders) at Bart's Bookshelf

Tania Unsworth (*Brightwood) at From the Mixed Up Files (giveaway)

Adam Gidwitz (The Inquisitor's Apprentice) at The New Yorker, talking about what makes a good book for kids

Other Good Stuff

J..K. Rowling Reveals the History Behind the Magical Congress of the United States of America at Tor

Thirteen sacry stories for MG readers at Book Riot

Don't forget to swing by Wichita next weekend for Kidlitcon!  We've just squeezed in a new panel on Series Fiction with fabulous authors Jen Swann Downey, C. Alexander London, and Lisa Harkrader!  We have also added cake.

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