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September 20, 2021

Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr, is a hard-to-describe epic tale about the power of story, weaving together stories from five different time periods that all tie back to an ancient Greek comedy about a man having misadventures trying to reach the mythical utopian city of birds. The stories seem disparate at first, but tie together for a grand and satisfying whole that comes out next week.

I'm celebrating 20 Years of Sonderbooks! Check the Sonderbooks blog for posts looking back on highlights from each year.

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund




Subpar Parks
by Amber Share

Two Trains Leave Paris
by Taylor Marie Frey
and Mike Wesolowski



A Shot in the Arm
by Don Brown

Boardwalk Babies
written by Marissa Moss
illustrated by April Chu


Cloud Cuckoo Land
by Anthony Doerr

The House in the Cerulean Sea
by T. J. Klune
read by Daniel Henning



Da Vinci's Cat
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
decorated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Flight of the Puffin
by Ann Braden


Magic for Marigold
by L. M. Montgomery



Smashy Town
by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

Simon at the Art Museum
by Christina Soontornvat
art by Christine Davenier


“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