this week’s round-up of middle grade fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (10/10/21)

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 Good morning all!  Here’s what I gleaned in my on-line reading this week; please let me know if I missed your post!

The last day for the public to nominate books for the Cybils Awards is October 15, and there are lots of great ones still anxiously waiting for love!  (I have put asterixes next to eligible books in this week’s round-up).
The Reviews
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, at Silver Button Books and Completely Full Bookshelf
Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani, at Siver Button Books
Children of the Fox (Thieves of Shadow 1), by Kevin Sands, at YA Book Central
City of Thieves (Battle Dragons #1), by Alex London, at Ms. Yingling Reads
*Curse of the Phoenix, by Aimee Carter, at YA Book Nerd

Enchanted Misadventures with Great-Aunt Poppy, by Hallie Christensen, at Teachers who Read

Gertie Milk and the Keeper of Lost Things, by Simon Van Booy, at Momologica
Hollowpox (The Hunt for Morrigan Crow) by Jessica Townsend, at Sifa Elizabeth Reads 
The Longest Night of Charlie Noon, by Christopher Edge, at Book Craic
*The Mermaid Queen, by Alane Adams, at Cover2CoverBlog
*The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud, at books4yourkids
*Pencilvania, by Stephanie Watson, at Butler’s Pantry
Potkin and Stubbs by Sophie Green, at Silver Button Books

Rita Wong and the Jade Mask by Mark Jones, at Get Kids Into Books

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez, at proseandkahn
Stowaway, by John David Anderson, at Charlotte’s Library

Theo Paxstone and the Dragon of Adyron by James Turner, at Say What?

A Touch of Ruckus, by Ash Van Otterloo, at Bookshelves of Doom
Tristan Strong Keeps Punching, by Kwame Mbalia, at The Bookwyrm’s Den and Turning the Page
*The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu, at Log Cabin Library

The Verdigris Pawn by Alysa Wishingrad, at A Perfectly Cromulent Review of Books

Welcome to Dweeb Club, by Betsy Uhrig,  at Ms. Yingling Reads
Wulfie Saves the Planet, by Lindsay J Sedgwick, at Valinora Troy
Authors and Interviews

Dianne K. Salerni (*Jadie in Five Dimensions) at YA Book Central

Michael Mann (Ghostcloud) at A little but a lot
Kate DiCamillo (The Beatryce Prophecy) at  The Childrens Book Review
Padraig Kenny (The Shadows of Rookhaven) at A little but a lot (nb–the first book in the series, *The Monsters of Rookhaven, is eligble for the Cybils this year)
Joshua S. Levy (Eighth Grade Vs. The Machines) at Whatever 
Richard Pickard (The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy) at  Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books

Daniel Peak (Little Horror), at Scope for Imagination

 Brett Salter (The Talisman Series) at Spines in a Line

Meaghan McIsaac (*The Bear House #1), at YA Books Central
Other Good Stuff
Here are the National Book Awards Finalists for Young Peoples Literature, with mg fantasy represented by the really wonderful *Too Bright to See, by Kyle Lukoff!
Shing Yin Khor, “The Legend of Auntie Po
Ten Spooky, Ghouly, Ghostly Middle-Grade books, at Justine Laismith, at 25 more at Pop! Goes the Reader
Ten Fantasy Books Under 250 Pages, at alibrarymama
Still haven’t nominated for the Cybils?  Here’s a list at alibrarymama, here’s a list I just made focusing on spooky books, and you can also check out the Cybils ideas board (there’s one for each category–nominate in all of them!) Here’s where you go to nominate.
and finally, to brighten your day, here is a goose parade.  

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