This week's round-up of middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (2/21/21)

Welcome to this week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs!  Please let me know if I missed your post (and I hope you all are warm and safe!  I myself found, thanks to my recent water bill, that there are 10000 gallons of unaccounted for water somewhere in my house, which you would think would have made their presence known in some wet and horrible way, but no. I have ordered a stethoscope to trace the water flow along the pipes, as there is flow even when all the fixtures are turned off; wish me luck).

First, congratulations to Rival Magic, by Deva Fagan, this year's Elementary/Middle Grade speculative fiction Cybils Awards winner! (here's the link to winners in all categories--lots of great reading!)  Please do think about joining the Cybils as a panelist next fall--it's lots of fun, and we are always happy to welcome new folks!  Look for the call for panelists in August)

The Reviews

Curse of the Night Witch (Emblem Island #1), by Alex Aster, at Say What?

The Dragon and her Boy, by Penny Crimes, at Book Craic

Ellie Makes Her Move (The Spyglass Sisterhood #1), by Marilyn Kaye, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox, by Michael Buckley, at Carstairs Considers

Hatch by Kenneth Oppel and Sophie Amoss, at Puss Reboots

The Hatmakers, byTamzin Merchant, at Cracking the Cover and Sifa Elizabeth Reads

Hide and Seeker, by Daka Hermon, at Book Den

Hoax for Hire, by Laura Martin, at Say What?

Kingdom of Secrets, by Christyne Morrell, at Bit About Books

Kingston and the Magician's Lost and Found, by Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi, at Log Cabin Library, Always in the Middle, and Ms. Yingling Reads

The Monsters of Rookhaven, by Pádraig Kenny, at Book Craic

Mulan: Before the Sword, by Grace Lin, at Say What?

The Ocean Squid Explorers’ Club, by Alex Bell, at Book Craic

One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu, at Waking Brain Cells

Rival Magic, by Deva Fagan, at Say What?

Semi-Magical Witch (Eva Evergreen #1), by Julie Abe, at Say What?

The Silver Arrow, by Lev Grossman, at proseandkahn

Story Magic, by Laurel Gale, at Susan Uhlig

That’s A Wrap (Dragon Detective #4), by  Gareth P Jones, at Readaraptor

Thirteens, by Kate Alice Marshall, at Say What?

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, by Kwame Mbalia, at never not reading

Twist, by Sarah Cannon, at Charlotte's Library

When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Keller, at Book Nut

A Wish in the Dark, by Christina Soontornvat, at Say What?

The World Between Blinks, by Amie Kaufman & Ryan Graudin, at Denise Newton Writes and The Book Muse

Five at Feed Your Fiction Addiction, from her Cybils Awards Reading--Dragon Assassin, by Arthur Slade, The Girl Who Speaks Bear, by Sophie Anderson, Mulan: Before the Sword, by Grace Lin, Bones in the Wall, by Susan McCauley, and The Barren Grounds, by David Alexander Robertson

Authors and Interviews

Eden Royce (Root Magic) at Harper Stacks

Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi ( Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found) at Whatever

Other Good Stuff

“Would You Like Wings?”: An Invitation to Transformation in The Magician’s Nephew at Tor

At The Horn Book, a gathering of mg sci fi/fantasy for Black History Month

New in the UK, from Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books

"The Changing Face Of Fantasy Chapter Books" (Book Riot podcast)


  1. Thank you for including my review of Hide and Seeker. :) Good luck with your plumbing! We had a slow leak in our toilet once that did that to our water bill. Thankfully we were able to buy a kit of new parts and replace them ourselves. I hope you find an easy fix as well!


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