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The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky

Six kid geniuses from around the world science their way home from space.  The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky. Harper, 2017. Meet Miranda Regent, girl genius from Ohio.  At least her little sister thinks she’s smart enough to earn a … Continue reading

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Felix Yz

Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker. Viking, 2017. Thirteen-year-old Felix was just a toddler sitting on his scientist father’s lap when an experiment exploded.  His father died, while Felix’s consciousness was fused with that of an alien, whom they call Zyx.  … Continue reading

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Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth

Back to Cybils-nominated books with a whimsical adventure with an alien, from the author of the updated Chitty Chitty Bang Bang books. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Harper Collins Children’s 2017. Prez Mellows lives his … Continue reading

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The Shadow Cipher. York Book 1 by Laura Ruby

The Shadow Cipher. York Book 1 by Laura Ruby. Walden Pond Press, 2017. Over a hundred years ago, the two Morningstarr siblings created York as the jewel of America.  Tall, glittering buildings with elevators that go all different directions, subways … Continue reading

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The Firefly Code

It was a little jarring after two years on the Round One panel for the Cybils Middle Grade Speculative Fiction to find that I had read only half of the finalists.  Here’s one that I had read, thanks to Brandy … Continue reading

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Little Robot

I finally made it to Ben Hatke’s last graphic novel – just in time for his next one, Mighty Jack, to come out on September 6. Little Robot by Ben Hatke. First Second, 2015 This nearly wordless graphic novel follows … Continue reading

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Diversity on the Shelf- July Update

My July reading included 5 mostly middle grade books by authors of color and three YA and adult books with main characters of color. Continue reading

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Space Hostages by Sophia McDougall

Hooray! The sequel to last year’s Cybils finalist Mars Evacuees.   Space Hostages by Sophia McDougall. Published in the U.K. by Egmont, 2015, in the U.S. by Harper, 2016. Following her return from Mars and the publication of her memoir … Continue reading

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Secrets of the Dragon Tomb

I’m sure I first heard about this book through Stephanie Burgis’s Livejournal page – and I’m glad I did, because steampunk on Mars is right up my alley.  This book made it to my Top 10 Middle Grade Fantasies That … Continue reading

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Ones that got away: 10 favorite 2015 MG Spec Fic books

Cybils judges are allowed to put a maximum of seven books on the shortlist (otherwise it isn’t a short, manageable list.) Here’s what the middle grade speculative fiction committee picked this year: Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes Castle Hangnail by Ursula … Continue reading

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