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January 14, 2021

Announcing the 2020 Sonderbooks Stand-outs! This is my twentieth list of my favorite books from a year of reading! Check them out!

I already have all my Fiction Stand-outs posted, so tonight I've got another review, the annual Anne Perry Christmas mystery, A Christmas Resolution, a historical mystery involving blackmail at Christmastime and a wedding that maybe shouldn't happen.

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund




Jesus Undefeated
by Keith Giles

Keep Moving
by Maggie Smith



When Stars Are Scattered
by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Martin Rising
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
paintings by Brian Pinkney


A Christmas Resolution
by Anne Perry

A Dance with Fate
by Juliet Marillier



Wink
by Rob Harrell

A Long Road on a Short Day
by Gary D. Schmidt & Elizabeth Stickney
with illustrations by Eugene Yelchin


Magic for Marigold
by L. M. Montgomery



Elatsoe
by Darcie Little Badger

The Beast Player
by Nahoko Uehashi


Every Color of Light
by Hiroshi Osada
illustrated by Ryoji Arai
translated by David Boyd

Rita and Ralph's Rotten Day
by Carmen Agra Deedy
illustrated by Pete Oswald


“To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field.”

—Frederic Melcher, in his agreement to establish the Newbery Medal, 1922