This week's round-up of Middle Grade Sci Fi and Fantasy from around the blogs (March 30, 2014)

Here's what I found in my blog reading this week; please let me know if I missed your link!

The Reviews

Back To Blackbrick, by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, at Time Travel Times Two

Battle of the Beasts, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Blood Ties (Spirit Animals Book 3), by Garth Nix and Sean Williams, at Resistance is Futile

The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright at Tales of the Marvelous

Children of the Dragon, by Rose Estes, at Views From the Tesseract

Children of the King, by Sonya Hartnett, at Sonderbooks

Cinderella Stays Late (Grimmtastic Girls Book 1) by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams at The Book Monsters

Dragon on Trial (The Menagerie, Book 2), by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland, at Charlotte's Library

A Face Like Glass, by Frances Hardinge, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Flame of Olympus, by Kate O'Hearn, at Eastern Sunset Reads

The Green Futures of Tycho, by William Sleator, at Views From the Tesseract

Grimmtastic Girls, books 1 and 2, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, at Small Review

House of Secrets, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia and School Library Journal

The Interrupted Tale, by Maryrose Wood, at The Book Monsters

Juniper Berry, by M.P. Kozlowsky, at Michelle I. Mason

The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde, at Claire M. Caterer

The Last Wild, by Piers Torday, at Good Books and Good Wine

The Lost Planet, by Rachel Searles, at Akossiwa Ketoglo

The Mark of the Dragonfly, by Jaleigh Johnson, at Pass the Chicklets, Book Nut, Fantasy Literature, In Bed With Books, The Geek Girl Project, and Bookyurt

The Nethergrim, by Matthew Jobin, at Scott Reads It

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee, at Hidden in Pages, Bookends, and The A P Book Club

The People In Pineapple Place, by Anne Lindburgh, at Charlotte's Library

The Race for Polldovia, by James Rochfort, at Charlotte's Library

The Riverman, by Aaron Starmer, at Great Imaginations, Charlotte's Library, and Queen Ella Bee Reads

Rose and the Magician's Mask, by Holly Webb, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier, by Ying Chang Compestine and Vinston Compestine, at Views from the Tesseract

Seven Wild Sisters, by Charles de Lint, at Becky's Book Reviews

The Shadow Throne, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, at Sonderbooks

Sidekicked, by John David Anderson, at The Book Monsters

Smasher, by Scott Bly, at fanboynation

The Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver, at Librarian of Snark (audiobook review)

Wish You Weren't, by Sherrie Petersen, at Middle Grade Ninja

Two at Guys Lit Wire-- Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman, and Ludo and the Star Horse, by Mary Stewart

Authors and Interviews

Heather Mackey (Dreamwood) at OneFour Kidlit

Aaron Starmer (The Riverman) at Word Spelunking (also a review)

M.P. Kozlowsky (The Dyerville Tales) at Word Spelunking (also a review)

Scott Bly (Smasher) at The Enchanted Inkpot

Natalie Lloyd (A Snicker of Magic) at The Hiding Spot

Jaleigh Johnson (The Mark of the Dragonfly) at The Children's Book Review, Suvudo, and The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Claudia White (Aesop's Secret) at Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books

Amie Borst (Cinderskella) at Middle Grade March

Other Good Stuff

Steph at Views From the Tesseract looks back at her youth and shares Confessions of a Speculative Fiction Reader

And also at Views From the Tessearct you can find ten books with Dangerous Vegetation

Nahoko Uehashi, Japanese writer of fantasy, has won the 2014 Hans Christian Anderson Award (basically the Nobel Prize for children's fiction).   Two of the books in her Moribito series have been translated; I've read the first book, Guardian of the Spirit, and went and bought the second lo these many years ago, but sadly, as is the case with most of the books I actually buy, I haven't read it yet.

Kate Milford (author of  The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands, and the much-anticipated-by-me Greenglass House (late summer) is running a kickstarter for  Bluecrowne--a self-published  novel set "in and around" the world of those books, in which "two peddlers arrive in the city of Nagspeake seeking a pyrotechnical prodigy and a knife shaped like an albatross."  More info. here.  

Random aside--I have come to realize that I will find any book whose blurb includes the word "albatross" strangely appealing.   And apparently albatrosses have no idea where they are going, which makes them even more appealing.


  1. Ahahhaa I cracked up at your random aside! I have to say, albatrosses are pretty cool. I don't think I've come across them all that often in literature though

  2. Albatrosses are absolutely pretty cool. I like that they can be good luck, or bad luck, depending. Thanks for the mention, Charlotte!

  3. Thanks for the link! And that photo is adorable.

  4. Love that albatross's expression. It kind of says "Yeah, I fly 1.5 million miles in no particular direction. So?"


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