Category Archives: Sci-Fi

Magical Schools: Wildseed Witch and Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun

Here are two exciting new magical school books, both with kids at all-Black schools, one drawing on Louisiana’s Black history and one set in a futuristic Nigeria. Continue reading

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Blog Tour! HOMEBOUND by John David Anderson

If you love thrilling space adventures and galactic war combined with found and real family and reflections on the meaning of life, read on! Continue reading

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Chaos on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer

Queer teens, a friendly AI, and a grandmother with suspicious skills save the day in this fantastic near-future teen thriller. Continue reading

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BLOG TOUR: Drifters by Kevin Emerson

Here’s a creepy, relevant contemporary science fiction book by the author of Last Day on Mars. Continue reading

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4 Cybils YA Spec Fic Finalists

Here are my takes on four of the seven 2021 Cybils YA speculative fiction finalists, including high fantasy, magical realism, and twisty science fiction. Continue reading

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Dystopias: the Last Cuentista and the Monster Missions

Here are two Cybils nominees, very different stories of life after disaster on earth – one literary and set in space, one action-oriented, and set on an Earth entirely covered by oceans. Continue reading

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3 Fantasies about Bullying: The Insiders, Friend Me, and the Nightmare Thief

As an empathic adult who was bullied as a child, bullying is always very painful for me to read about. But it happens all too frequently, and it is dishonest for adults to deny kids the opportunity to read about … Continue reading

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Blog Tour! STOWAWAY by John David Anderson with GIVEAWAY

Join the blog tour for beloved author John David Anderson’s latest book, STOWAWAY, an exciting space adventure with a whole lot of heart. Continue reading

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One Long, Two Short: The City We Became, Remote Control, and The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

Here are some speculative fiction books written for adults that I’ve read (and enjoyed, of course!) this year – one full-length novel and two novellas. Continue reading

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Leaving Safety: The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street and Cleo Porter and the Body Electric

Here are two stories of girls – one past, one future – leaving the safety of their homes for the first time, and the adventures that follow. Continue reading

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