This week's round-up of middle-grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (2/18/24)
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
5d ago
Here's what I found this week; let me know if I missed your post! The Reviews The Bellwoods Game, by Celia Krampien, at Mark My Words Billy and the Giant Adventure, by Jamie Oliver, at Bookworm for Kids  A Bite Above the Rest, by Christine Virnig, at Mark My Words The Bravest Warrior in Nefaria, by Adi Alsaid, at   PBC's Book Reviews  Conjure Island, by Eden Royce, at Mark My Words The Demon Sword Asperides, by Sarah Jean Horwitz, at Mark My Words Dread Detention, by Jennifer Killick, at Ms. Yingling Reads Elf Dog & Owl Head ..read more
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The Lovely Dark, by Matthew Fox
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
5d ago
I loved Matthew Fox's first book, The Sky Over Rebecca, so much that I ordered The Lovely Dark (July  2023 in the UK, Hodder Children's Books) from Blackwells (free shipping from the UK!) and read it pretty much in a single sitting yesterday. I meant to review it, but it felt too raw to do so immediately, so I'm squeezing it in before today's round-up post. The Lovely Dark is a middle grade reimagining of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, with a dash of Sleeping Beauty. It begins with sadness, when Ellie's grandmother dies alone of Covid during the height of the pandemic. and it q ..read more
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Congratulations to this year's Cybils Awards winners!
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
1w ago
The winners of this year's Cybils Awards have been announced! Congratulations to The Grace of Wild Things, by Heather Fawcett, this year's Cybils Awards winner for Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction!  And congratulations to all the shortlisted books too--they are all wonderful.  The Bellwoods Game, by Celia Krampien Conjure Island, by Eden Royce The Demon Sword Asperides, by Sarah Jean Horwitz The House of the Lost on the Cape, by Sachiko Kashiwaba, illustrated by Yukiko Saito, Avery Fischer Udagawa (Translator) Juniper Harvey and the Vanishing Kingdom, by  ..read more
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Fair Bay, by Eleanor Frances Lattimore, for Timeslip Tuesday
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
1w ago
  A vintage time travel book this week-- Fair Bay, by Eleanor Frances Lattimore (1958).  All her life Trudy's grandmother has told her stories of Fair Bay, the South Carolina island where she spent her summers.  When Trudy goes to stay with her great aunt Gertrude at the family plantation house, she asks about the island, hoping to visit, but is told that it was washed away in a storm, leaving only a strip of sand with a few palmetto trees.  Her grandmother had told her of the storm, but wanted to talk more about happier times.  Millicent, the cook, who was also a&nbs ..read more
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This week's round-up of middle grade fantasy and sci fi from around the blogs (2/11/24)
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
1w ago
This week's roundup has a higher percentage of books in the first third of the alphabet than any other that I can recall.  Go abcdefgh for what it's worth.  And let me know if I missed your post. The Reviews Abeni's Song, by P Djèlí Clark, at Garik16's SciFi/Fantasy Reviews and Other Thoughts Adventure Calling (Time Travellers #1), by Sufiya Ahmed, at Book Craic Awake, by Christopher Krovatin, at Ms. Yingling Reads Cameron and the Shadow Wraiths, by Mark Cheverton, at Bookworm for Kids The Clockwork Conspiracy, by Sam Sedgman, at Sifa Elizabeth Reads and ..read more
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The Curse of Eelgrass Bog, by Mary Averling
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
1w ago
My first debut middle grade fantasy of 2024--The Curse of Eelgrass Bog, by Mary Averling (Jan 2, 2024, Razorbill)! And it was a good one. Kess's life is focused on keeping the family's Museum of Unnatural History afloat until her parents return from their expedition investigating unnatural creatures in Antarctica.  It's falling to bits around her, and no-one visits, and her older brother Oliver spends all his time shut in the library, not helping.  Her only friend is a sunken head in a jar, one that actually talks to her; otherwise, she's on her own, desperately hoping that she ca ..read more
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Evie's Ghost, by Helen Peters, for Timeslip Tuesday
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
2w ago
Evie's Ghost, by Helen Peters (2017, Nosy Crow), is a lovely English timeslip story, and it is firmly in the tradition of mid twentieth century British time travel, so if you, like me, who loves books like Charlotte Sometimes, Tom's Midnight Garden, and A Traveller in Time, you will enjoy it lots too and wish you'd had it as a child.  And if you are a child, there's no reason why you wouldn't find it magical and wonderful. The story starts with Evie, very grumpy and sorry for herself, being packed off to stay with an old friend of her mother's, while her mother goes off on her honeymoon ..read more
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No round-up this week
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
2w ago
 Instead of making a nice round-up, I'm at my mother's house with a laptop that just died, failing to remove toilet seat bolts, and failing to figure out how to install her new printer.  Sigh ..read more
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Nightspark, by Michael Mann
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
3w ago
I very much enjoyed Ghostcloud, by Michael Mann, the first book in the duology (? maybe there are more adventures to come) that now continues with Nightspark (Peachtree 2023). Luke has been reunited with his family after foiling the evil plots of Tabitha, who used enslaved children, such as Luke and his best friend Ravi, as well as captured ghosts for her power station in an alternate England. He even has the job as a junior detective he always wanted.   But he can't settle into ordinary life.  For starters, Tabitha has started on a new evil plan over on the continent, an ..read more
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Magic of the Black Mirror, by Ruth Chew, for Timeslip Tuesday
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
3w ago
Someday I will have read every juvenile time travel book of the 20th century (except the Magic Tree house books).  I won't necessarily have enjoyed them all (I feel that the ones that were really good rose to the top and stayed in print) but they will be read.  And it was in this completionist spirit that I just read Magic of the Black Mirror, by Ruth Chew (1990).  It was not a dislike of Chew's books that made me reluctant; they are fine fantasy of yesteryear.  It is that this particular one is time travel back to the precontact period Northwest Coast, and the experienced ..read more
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