This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (10/11/2020)

Hi all,

Welcome to another collection of posts from the past week interesting to us fans of middle grade sci fi and fantasy!  (please let me know if I missed your post!) Books with asterixis are eligible for the Cybils Awards, and have not, at the time of writing this (5:58 am, EST) been nominated, and at the bottom of the round-up are links to various lists of the unnominated.  Anyone can nominate books in Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, and a variety of other categories of less personal interest to me!  But the deadline to nominate is October 15....so don't delay!  

The Reviews

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (Monsterstreet #1) by J.H. Reynolds, at Lazy Day Literature

*Cleo Porter and the Body Electric, by Jake Burt, at books4yourkids.com

*The Daring of Della Dupree, by Natasha Lowe, at Twirling Book Princess and Log Cabin Library

*The Deceivers (Greystone Secrets #2), by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Say What?

Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George, at Not Acting My Age

*Eleanor, Alice, and the Roosevelt Ghosts, by Dianne K. Salerni, at Ms. Yingling Reads and Twirling Book Princess

*The Fallen Hero, by Katie Zhao, at Krisha's Cozy Corner, Lyrical ReadsLatinx Magic, and Utopia State of Mind

Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar, at Redeedmed Reader

*The Girl and the Ghost, by Hanna Alkaf, at Fuse#8

Ghost Squad, by Claribel A. Ortega, at Jill's Book Blog

The Griffin Gate, by Vashti Hardy, at Library Girl and Book Boy and Book Craic

*Ikenga, by Nnedi Okorafor, at Charlotte's Library

Just Beyond the Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-El, illustrated by Kelly Pousette, at Jean Little Library

Mañanaland, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, at Not Acting My Age

*The Mutant Mushroom Takeover, by Summer Rachel Short, at Redeemed Reader and Charlotte's Library

Of Salt and Shore, by Annet Schaap, at Always in the Middle

*Over the Woodward Wall, by A. Deborah Baker (Seanan McGuire), at Tor

*Shadow Weaver, by MarcyKate Connolly, at Falling Letters

Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden, at Whimsy Pages

The Strangers (Greystone Secrets #1), by Margaret Peterson Haddix, at Never Not Reading

Tommy Black and the Coat of Invincibility (Tommy Black #2), by Jake Kerr, at S.W. Lothian

Tristan Strong Destroys the World, by Kwame Mbalia, at The Bookwyrm's Den

Two at Feed Your Fiction Addiction--Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe, and Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron

Two at alibrarymama--*The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown, and *Thunder Run. Dactyl Hill Squad Book 3 by Daniel José Older

Three at Ms. Yingling Reads--*Cleo Porter and the Body Electric, by Jake Burt, *Heroes Level Up (Homerooms and Hall Passes #2) by Tom O'Donnell, Tristan Strong Destroys the World, by Kwame Mbalia

Authors and Interviews

Hayley Chewins (*The Sisters of Straygarden Place), at Middle Grade Ninja

Sheela Chari (*The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel), at Nerdy Book Club

Jennifer Nielsen (The Captive Kingdom), at Literary Rambles

Other Good Stuff

A list of 35 scary books at Pop Goes the Reader (with many eligible books that haven't gotten their Cybils nomination yet; sigh)

Lists of elementary/middle grade books not yet nominated for the Cybils can be found at 

Log Cabin Library



Charlotte's Library

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