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February 18, 2017

I'm standing for the 2019 Newbery Committee! Check my Sondy for Newbery! page to find out why you should vote for me!

Announcing the 2016 Sonderbooks Stand-outs! These are my personal favorites of all the books I read in 2016.

A 2016 Sonderbooks Stand-out and a 2016 Cybils Finalist, The Keeper of the Mist, by Rachel Neumeier, is a traditional fantasy done imaginatively and done well about a teenager trying to run the bakery she inherited, who suddenly becomes the ruler of the kingdom just as its magic is failing.

I went to ALA Midwinter Meeting last month, and posted about my adventures and what I learned.

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund

How to Bake Pi
by Eugenia Cheng

Camino Divina
by Gina Marie Mammano

The Singing Bones
by Shaun Tan

A Poem for Peter
A Poem for Peter
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson

Den of Wolves
by Juliet Marillier

Dept. of Speculation
by Jenny Offill

When the Sea Turned to Silver
by Grace Lin
read by Kim Mai Guest

The Inquisitor's Tale
by Adam Gidwitz
illuminated by Hatem Aly

The Keeper of the Mist
by Rachel Neumeier

Games Wizards Play
by Diane Duane

Horrible Bear!
by Ame Dyckman
illustrated by Zachariah OHora

The Water Princess
by Susan Verde
illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

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