This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy (4/2/17)

Here's this week's compilation of what I found in my blog reading; let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book, by Jennifer Donnelley, at Redeemed Reader

Beyond the Doors, by David Nielsen, at Word Spelunking

The Crystal Ribbon, by Celeste Lim, at Cracking the Cover

Defender of the Realm, by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, at Charlotte's Library

Dragonwatch, by Brandon Mull, at Hidden in Pages

Frogkisser, by Garth Nix, at books4yourkids

The Gauntlet, by Karuna Riazi, at Ms. Yingling Reads

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, at Next Best Book

The Goblin's Puzzle, by Andrew Chilton, at alibrarymama

House of Stories, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, at Say What?

How to Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees, by Paul Tobin, at the Barnes and Noble Kids Blog

Me and Marvin Gardens, by Amy Sarig King, at A Year of Reading

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded, by Sage Blackwood, at alibrarymama

The Princess and the Page, by Christina Farley, at Word Spelunking

Secrets of the Dragon Tomb, by Patrick Samphire, at Fantasy Literature

Simon Thorn and the Viper's Pit, by Aimee Carter, at Say What?

The Story Thieves-Secret Origins, by James Riley, at Always in the Middle

A Tale of Two Castles, by Gail Carson Levine, at Leaf's Reviews

Authors and Interviews

Karuna Riazi (The Gauntlet) at The Book Wars

Amy Ephron (Castle in the Mist) at Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books

Jacob Sager Weinstein (Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath) at Word Spelunking

Other Good Stuff

The shortlist for the Australian Readings Chldren's Book Prize have been announced. I've put stars next to the ones that are MG speculative fiction, though I'm not sure about Elizabeth and Zenobia....

*Escape to Moon Islands by Mardi McConnochie
*A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee
Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters by Ailsa Wild
The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman
*?Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller
*Grover finds a Home by Claire Garth

At the Barnes and Noble Kids Blog I talk about ten middle grade dystopian novels/series


  1. Hope you have a lovely week Charlotte.

  2. Always enjoy checking out these sites, even if I usually forget to say thank you! Check Edelweiss for The Unicorn in the Barn- I thought it would be twee, but it was really good. Curious to see if a fantasy fan thought so!


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