from Sharyn Wizda Vane at The Statesmen: Kick-start holiday shopping with books for kids

Middle-grade fans of adventure and fantasy will enjoy the series launch of ‘Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance'(Egmont USA, $15.99). Theo Wickland has been kept cloistered by his guardian for practically his whole life, told that he must be separated from the outside world for his own safety. But on his 13th birthday, robbers break in and Theo discovers his secret power: the ability to melt bad guys with just a touch of his hand. British author Glenn Dakin gets all the steam-punk details right — a Victorian setting, odd technological details — in this first of a planned three volumes. (Ages 10 and older)

For this same age group, you’ll also want to consider ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma'(Little, Brown, $16.99), the third “Benedict Society” thrill ride from Trenton Lee Stewart…

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from Charlotte’s Library: The Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy Roundup!

Looking for reviews of middle grade science fiction and fantasy (sf/f) can be something of a hit or miss proposition. Books in this genre are often reviewed at blogs that have a general children’s book focus, but you never know when that’s going to happen, and middle grade books seem to show up only sporadically (if at all) at blogs whose focus is sf/f. So, inspired by Sherry at Semicolon, who hosts a review round-up every Saturday, today I’m introducing a similar, but more focused, weekly feature here, one that I hope will happen every Sunday.

The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance (The Candle Man, Book 1), by Glenn Dakin (2009)
A Walk Through a Window, by kc dyer (2009)
Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel by K.A. Holt (2009)
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There are so many great Sci Fi/fantasy young adult books out there now; it’s nothing like it used to be. I’m actually excited for Christmas shopping this year!

Will you being buying books for gifts this year?