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January 1, 2024

Announcing my 2023 Sonderbooks Stand-outs!

2023 was a big year, when I served on the William Morris Award Committee for best young adult debut book. This list is more personal - simply books that made me happy. Every single book on this list is highly recommended. I'll try to fill in reviews that aren't posted yet soon, and I'll fill in the names of Morris Finalists after our winner is announced on January 22nd!

You can find out more about my 2023 Reading Year on my blog.

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund

Tom Lake
    by Ann Patchett

    by Rebecca Yarros

    by Rebecca Yarros

    by Geraldine Brooks

    by Jesse Q. Sutanto

    by Barbara Kingsolver

    by Ruth Ware

Razing Hell
    by Sharon L. Baker

    by Sharon L. Baker

    by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie

    by Elizabeth Garn

    by Emmy Kegler

    by Zack Hunt

    by Jill Duggar

X + Y
    by Eugenia Cheng

    by Amanda Montell

    by Danya Ruttenberg

    by Jessica Nabongo

    by John Schu

    by Tracy Kidder

Divine Rivals
    by Rebecca Ross

    by Margaret Owen

    by Holly Black

    by Sacha Lamb

    by Garth Nix

    by Margaret Rogerson

    by Margaret Owen

    by Margaret Rogerson

    by Trang Thanh Tran

    by Gabi Burton

Reader, I Murdered Him
    by Betsy Cornwell

    by Sabaa Tahir

    by Angeline Boulley

    by Ari Tison

    by Byron Graves

    by Jen Ferguson

    by Jen Ferguson

    by Hannah V. Sawyerr

    by K. X. Song

    by Ream Shukairy

The Woman All Spies Fear
    by Amy Butler Greenfield

    by Eliot Schrefer

    by Dan Nott

    by Stacey Chomiak

    by Gail Jarrow

    by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile

    by Ariel Aberg-Riger

    by Rex Ogle

The Notorious Scarlett and Browne
    by Jonathan Stroud

    by Jonathan Stroud

    by Kiyash Monsef
    read by Nikki Massoud

    by Zohra Nabi

    by Isi Hendrix

Simon Sort of Says
    by Erin Bow

    by Gary D. Schmidt

    by Katherine Applegate

    by Katherine Marsh

    by Amina Luqman-Dawson

    by Lauren Wolk

    by Lisa Yee

    by Rebecca Balcárcel

    by Maura Jortner

    by Sara Pennypacker

A First Time for Everything
    by Dan Santat

    by Grace Lin

    by Ævar Pór Benediktsson
    art by Anne Wilson

    written by Christina Soontornvat
    illustrated by Joanna Cacao

    by Chana Stiefel
    illustrated by Susan Gal

    by Meghan P. Browne
    and E. B. Goodale

    by Michelle Markel
    illustrated by Barbara McClintock

    by Pedro Martín

    by Ruth Spiro
    illustrated by Teresa Martinez

    by Brooke Barker

Simon and the Better Bone
    by Corey R. Tabor

  1. Big
  2. by Vashti Harrison

    poem by Joy Harjo
    illustrations by Michaela Goade

    written by Caspar Salmon
    illustrated by Matt Hunt

    by Carter Higgins

    by Travis Jonker

    by Juana Medina

    by Angela Pham Krans
    illustrated by Thi Bui

    by Paul Meisel

    words by John Schu
    illustrations by Lauren Castillo