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January 13, 2020

Announcing my 2019 Sonderbooks Stand-outs! Of all the books I read in 2019, these are the ones I enjoyed the most.

My #2 Sonderbooks Stand-out in Children's Fiction for 2019 is Cog, by Greg van Eekhout, featuring a lovable artificially intelligent robot who goes on a road trip quest in a computerized car with robot companions to rescue his beloved programmer.

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund

That All Shall Be Saved
by David Bentley Hart

The Rapture Exposed
by Barbara R. Rossing

Ordinary Hazards
by Nikki Grimes

The Heart of a Boy
by Kate T. Parker

A Christmas Gathering
by Anne Perry

Prime Suspects
by Andrew Granville & Jennifer Granville
illustrated by Robert J. Lewis

by Greg van Eekhout

Look Both Ways
by Jason Reynolds

The Wicked King
by Holly Black
read by Caitlyn Kelly

by Elana K. Arnold
performed by Elizabeth Knowelden

Give Me Back My Bones!
by Kim Norman
illustrated by Bob Kolar

Once Upon a Goat
by Dan Richards
pictures by Eric Barclay

“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