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May 8, 2021

Another book for my Sondermath page, One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi, tells the classic tale of the peasant who fools a selfish tyrant by asking for one grain of rice, and then doubling the amount each day for a month.

This one's going to be a favorite on my Austenalia page. The Jane Austen Project, by Kathleen A. Flynn, performed by Saskia Maarleveld, tells about a team of time travelers from the future who have gone back to 1815 England to make friends with Jane Austen's brother -- in order to meet Jane Austen and get copies of her letters and the complete manuscript of The Watsons. But it's hard to be part of that time without influencing what happens.

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund




Talking to Strangers
by Marianne Boucher

Stranger Planet
by Nathan W. Pyle



One Grain of Rice
by Demi

Eclipse Chaser
by Ilima Loomis
with photographs by Amanda Cowan


The Jane Austen Project
by Kathleen A. Flynn
performed by Saskia Maarleveld

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
by Laurie Viera Rigler
read by Orlagh Cassidy



Three Keys
by Kelly Yang
read by Sunny Lu

Efrén Divided
by Ernesto Cisneros
read by Anthony Rey Perez


Magic for Marigold
by L. M. Montgomery



The Fountains of Silence
by Ruta Sepetys
read by Maite Járegui

Kent State
by Deborah Wiles


The Little Red Fort
by Brenda Maier
pictures by Sonia Sánchez

How Big Is Zagnodd?
by Sandra Boynton


“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