this week's round-up of middle grade science fiction and fantasy from around the blogs (8/7/18)

Here's what I found this week!  I hope you enjoy.  Let me know if I missed your post.

The Reviews

The Bigfoot Files, by Lindsay Eager, at Mom Read It

Black Panther: the Young Prince, by Ronald L. Smith, at proseandkahn (audiobook review)

Bluecrowne, by Kate Milford, at The Fairview Review and Charlotte's Library

Bob, by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, at alibrarymama and Rajiv's Reviews

The Bone Thief, by Alyson Noel, at Sharon the Librarian 

Cats vs Robots: This is War, by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson, at Always in the Middle

Children of Jubilee, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Mom Read It

City of Ghosts, by Victoria Schwab, at Rajiv's Reviews

Del Toro Moon, by Darby Karchut, at Charlotte's Library

Dragon Daughter, by Liz Flannagan, at Read It, Daddy!

Garbage Island, by Fred Koehler, at Miss Marple's Musings

Inkling, by Kenneth Oppel, at Reading Rumpus

The Language of Spells, by Garret Weyr, at Semicolon

The Last (Endling #1), by Katherine Applegate, at Semicolon

Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City, by Will Mabbitt and Ross Collins, at Puss Reboots

Mice of the Round Table: Merlin's Last Quest, by Julie Leung, at Middle Grade Mafia

Secrets of Hopelight, by Eva Blackstone, at Say What?

Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden, at Booklist Reader

The Stone Girl's Story, by Sarah Beth Durst, at Hidden in Pages

The Storm Runner, by J. C. Cervantes, at Say What?

The Turnkey of Highgate Cemetery, by Allison Rushby, at Bibliobrit 

Unwritten, by Tara Gilboy, at A Dance With Books

Willa of the Wood, by Robert Beatty, at Semicolon

(4 new books reviewed) "Kids' Fantasy Novels that Make Heroes Out of Underdogs" by Christopher Healey at the NY Times

Authors and Interviews

Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs (The Deepdark) at Publishers Weekly and Nerdy Book Club

Darby Karchut (Del Toro Moon) at Middle Grade Ninja

July Jeung (Mice of the Roundtable) at Middle Grade Mafia

Other Good Stuff

Cybils Nominations are open until October 15, but those of us involved in the Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction sure wish lots of people would nominate sooner rather than later, so we can stop worrying about all the great books that haven't been nominated yet!  Here's a list of unnominated books at Semicolon.And here are a few more off the top of my head--Bluecrowne, by Kate Milford, The Train to Impossible Places, by P.G. Bell, Wicked Nix, by Lena Coakely, The Bottle Imp of Brighthouse, by Tom Llewellyn, The Collectors, by Jacqueline West, A Festival of Ghosts, by William Alexander, and the Lost Continent, by Tui T. Sutherland (and many, many more--check to see what you were reading last fall!  Books from October 16 2017-October 15 2018 are eligible, and I worry about those late 2017 titles....)

Netflix is adapting Narnia....(and many of us sigh, because why not something new?)

Distinguishing between MG and YA fantasy--a gathering of thoughts at SFWA

and now back to bingwatching Season of 2 of Stranger Things with my son who's home from college for the weekend!

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