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February 16, 2019

Announcing the 2018 Sonderbooks Stand-outs! The Newbery winners have been announced, and now I can talk about all the other wonderful books I read in 2018!

My #1 Sonderbooks Stand-out in General Teen Fiction is Blood Water Paint, by Joy McCullough, which was also a Morris Award Finalist. Based on actual historical events from the 1600s, this verse novel shows us a young woman and artist who stood up to her oppressors.

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund

Measure for Measure
edited by Annie Finch and Alexandra Oliver

Experimenting with Babies
by Shaun Gallagher

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies
by Joyce Sidman

by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware
read by Imogen Church

by Andy Weir
performed by Rosario Dawson

The Flight of Swans
by Sarah McGuire

The Book of Boy
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Poppy Seed Cakes
by Margery Clark
with illustrations by Maud and Miska Petersham

Blood Water Paint
by Joy McCullough

by Edith Pattou

by Yuyi Morales

Harold and Hog Pretend for Real
by Dan Santat

“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