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Sonderbooks 108

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Welcome to Sonderbooks, an e-zine of book reviews by Sondra Eklund.
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It's been six months since I last posted an issue of Sonderbooks.  In that time I moved from Germany to Northern Virginia, sent my oldest son off to college, and completed a quarter of graduate work toward a second Master's--this time in Library Science.  I'm hoping I'll start getting in the groove of posting my website again, but still need to get boxes unpacked in my apartment.  Next quarter, I'll be taking a class on Resources for Children, so I'll at least be reading children's books.  I'm sorely missing my job at Sembach Library--and the chance to pick through the new books as they come in!  However, I have a fine stock of books to read, and a backlog of books I've read and need to review, so I hope you'll be hearing more from me soon!  I plan to at least post a list of 2006 Stand-outs in January.

Happy Reading!

December 17, 2006


****The Spiritual Journey Toward a Healed Marriage, by Charlyne Steinkamp
****Busting Vegas, by Ben Mezrich
****The End of Poverty, by Jeffrey D. Sachs
***My Therapist's Dog, by Diana Wells
***Pitching My Tent, by Anita Diamant
***The Lost Painting, by Jonathan Harr


*****The Canterbury Papers, by Judith Koll Healey
****The Cinderella Pact, by Sarah Strohmeyer
***Solstice Wood, by Patricia A. McKillip
***Redemption, by Karen Kingsbury with Gary Smalley

Young Adult Fiction

****Wizards at War, by Diane Duane
****Pretties, by Scott Westerfeld
****Magic or Madness, by Justine Larbalestier

Children's Nonfiction

****Poetry Speaks to Children, edited by Elise Paschen

Children's Fiction

*****Bella at Midnight, by Diane Stanley
***Mercy Watson to the Rescue, by Kate DiCamillo
***Dear Max, by Sally Grindley

Old Favorite

There is no Old Favorite this issue, because I was too busy trying to finish library books before I moved!

Picture Book Pick

****The Witch's Walking Stick, by Susan Meddaugh

Quotation of the Month

Remember that you don’t need a prince to be Cinderella,
and that Prince Charming was nothing but an icky foot fetishist.

—Sarah Strohmeyer, in The Cinderella Pact

Sonder is a German prefix meaning "special."

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