This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs (9/17/23)

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

Nominations for the Cybils Awards open October 1st!  Any kids/YA book published in the US or Canada between Oct 16 2022 and Oct 15 2023 is eligible.  There are lots of categories, including Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction; I've stared the reviews of eligible books in this week's round-up.  Anyone can nominate 1 book in each category--it's a great way to show book love.

The Reviews

*Beneath the Swirling Sky, by Carolyn Leiloglou, at Redeemed Reader

*Between Monsters and Marvels, by Alyssa Wishingrad, at Ms. Yingling Reads and The Story Sanctuary

*The Demon Sword Asperides, by Sarah Jean Horwitz, at Charlotte's Library

*The Dreamatics, by Michelle Cuevas, at Mark My Words

*The Fall of the House of Tatterly, by Shanna Miles, at Log Cabin Library

Hedgewitch, by Skye McKenna, at Laura's Bookish Life

Hush-A-Bye, by Jody Lee Mott, at  Kiss the Book 

Impossible Creatures, by Katherine Rundell, at Bellis Does Books  

Infinity's Secret, by Katie and Kevin Tsang, at Sifa Elizabeth Reads 

*The Lion of Lark-Hayes Manor, by Aubrey Hartman, at PBC's Book Reviews 

*The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass, at Kiss the Book and Completely Full Bookshelf

The Marvellers, by Dhonielle Clayton, at Puss Reboots 

The Night Raven (The Moonwind Mysteries), by Johan Rundberg, at Mark My Words

*Nugly, by N.C. Ross, at Ms. Yingling Reads

*Project F, by Jeanne DuPrau, at Mark My Words

Scareground, by Angela Kecojevic, at Scope for Imagination and Bookbugworld

The Secret of the Blood-Red Key, by David Farr, at Book Craic

Shiver Point: It Came From the Woods, by Gabriel Dylan, at Book Craic

*Skandar and the Phantom Rider, by A. F. Steadman, at Pages Unbound

Skrimsli, by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Jackie Morris (Illustrator), at Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books 

*Totally Psychic, by Brigid Martin, at She's Got Books on Her Mind 

*Whispering Pines: Extinction, by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski, at Bookworm for Kids

The Whistlers in the Dark, by Victoria Williamson, at  The Inquisitive Newt, and Valinora Troy

Two at Ms. Yingling Reads:  *Nimbus by Jan Elderdge, and *Extinction (Whispering Pines #4) by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski

Two more at Ms. Yingling Reads: *Camp Sylvania, by Julie Murphy, and *Serwa Boateng's Guide to Witchcraft and Mayhem, by Roseanne Brown

Authors and Interviews

Landra Jennings (Wand), at From the Mixed Up Files

E.M. Greville (*Raine in the Underlands: The Lorekeepers) at Just Kids' Lit

Claribel A. Ortega (*The Golden Frog Games), at PBS Books | Author Talk:


  1. Thanks for the reminder to get my Cybils' lists in order! As I read throughout the year, I do try to note if a book is fantasy or realistic if there is any question. Still pause whenever a student checks out my well worn copy of Timmy Failure! ; )

    1. Ha! Imaginary friends are the hardest to place....

  2. If you have any extras or "ties" for first, let us know Ms. Yingling - we'll be happy to spread the word so they can get some love, too. ~ Terry


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