This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (10/18/20)

Here's what I found this week; please let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

The Barren Grounds, by David A. Robertson, at Writer's Alley

The Beyonders Trilogy, by Brandon Mull, at Redeemed Reader

The Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Creatures, by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Pham Quang Phuc, at Sharon the Librarian

The Clockwork Crow, by Catherine Fisher, at Geo Librarian

Don’t Let The Doll In. by Mike Ford, at Twirling Book Princess

The Edge of Everywhen, by A.S. Mackey, at K.A. Cummins

The Endangered, by Philippe Cousteau and Austin Aslan, at Always in the Middle

Fiends on the Other Side, by Vera Strange, at The Bookwyrm's Den and Nerdophiles

The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery, by A.L. Tait, at Children's Books Daily

Gobbledy, by Lis Anna-Langston, at Kids Lit Review

Midnight Magic, by Michelle Harrison, at Book Lover Jo and Library Girl and Book Boy

Molly Thompson and the Crypt of the Blue Moon, by Nick Tomlinson, at Book Craic

Mulan: Before the Sword, by Grace Lin, at Semicolon

Orion Lost, by Alastair Chisholm, at My Best Friends are Books

Rival Magic, by Deva Fagan, at Semicolon

Scary Stories for Young Foxes, by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu, at Pages Unbound 

The Silver Box, by Margi Preus, at The Muffin

The Sisters of Straygarden Place, by Hayley Chewins, at Waking Brain Cells, Our Thoughts Precisely, Cracking the Cover, and Read and Reviewed

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen, at Redeemed Reader and books4yourkids

The Time of Green Magic, by Hilary McKay, at Redeemed Reader

The Time Thief (The Gideon Trilogy #2),  by Linda Buckley-Archer, at Say What?
Tommy Black and the Coat of Invincibility (Tommy Black #2), by Jake Kerr, at S.W. Lothian

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, by Kwame Mbalia, at Emerald City Bookworm

Welcome To Superhero School, by Gracie Dix, at Book Briefs and Mermaid Reads

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, at Never Not Reading

Witch Wars, by Alane Adams, at Always in the Middle

Two at alibrarymama--Shuri, by Nic Stone, and Ikenga, by Nnedi Okorafor

Two at Ms. Yingling Reads-- Dragon Mountain (#1), by Katie Tsang, and Kevin Tsang, and The Fallen Hero (Dragon Warrior #2), by Katie Zhao

Four at Feed Your Fiction Addiction--A Wish in the Dark, Ghost Squad, Scritch Scratch, & Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

Authors and Interviews

William Ritter (Deepest, Darkest: the Oddmire #3) at MG Book Village

Amy Wilson (Owl and the Lost Boy) at Book Lover Jo

Christian McKay Heidicker (Scary Stories for Young Foxes) at Fuse #8 

Haley Chewins (The Sisters of Straygarden Place), at Nerdy Book Club

Sherry Ellis (Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure) at Literary Rambles

Other Good Stuff

Spooky middle grade at Book Riot and The Contented Reader 
Six MG and YA titles for Black SFF Month, at Brain Mill Press Voices

Goddesses, Queens, and Witches, at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

The first-ever winners of the Ignyte Awards were announced at FIYAHCON 2020! FIYAH created the awards to “celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.”

Here are the middle grade books chosen:

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky – Kwame Mbalia (Disney Hyperion) (Winner) 
Just South of Home – Karen Strong (S&S BYR)* 
The Mystwick School of Musicraft – Jessica Khoury (Audible/HMH BYR)* ** 
Other Words for Home – Jasmine Warga (HarperCollins) 
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe – Carlos Hernandez (Disney Hyperion)

*BYR: “Books for Young Readers” 
** audiobook released in 2019

And finally, the public nomination period for the Cybils has closed, and although 100s of great kids and YA books were nominated, there are still many excellent books that aren't.  Publishers and authors have until October 25th at 11:59 p.m. PDT to fll in the cracks- here's where you start with that.

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