Tag Archives: youth science fiction

Oddity and the Daybreak Bond

Here are two books that have little in common besides being contemporary speculative fiction at the middle grade level.  The first I picked solely because of the adorable yet fierce kid on the cover; the second because I liked the … Continue reading

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Watchdog by Will McIntosh

I think I’m finally approaching the end of books I read for the Cybils award! No guarantees, but here at least is a fun, fast-paced story, especially for fans of giant robot dogs. Watchdog by Will McIntosh. Delacorte, 2017. In … Continue reading

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Victor Shmud, Total Expert

Victor Shmud, Total Expert: Let’s Do a Thing. Victor Shmud, Total Expert: Night of the Living Things by Jim Benton.  Scholastic, 2017, 2018. Victor is an expert at everything he puts his mind to, from makeovers to intergalactic space battles … Continue reading

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9 more Cybils titles I loved

I really do love all the books we put on the Cybils Finalists list this year.  But is it really surprising that when we’re considering over twelve dozen books  I fall in love with more than seven?  I know we … Continue reading

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2017 Cybils Finalists

Happy New Year, dear readers! I’m back at work after spending a week with my family. I have lots of lists and stats to get to – but first of all, in case you missed it, the Cybils finalists were … Continue reading

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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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