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 Sonderbooks 70

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Welcome to Sonderbooks, an e-zine of book reviews by Sondra Eklund.
In this site, you can find good books for yourself or for friends.
You can hear about books to read, talk about books you've read, and order your own copies.
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Be sure to check Sonderbooks' Stand-outs 2003 for my favorite books reviewed in 2003.
Sembach Library customers, click here for a list of new books at the library that I've already reviewed.

Congratulations to The Tale of Despereaux for winning the 2004 Newbery Medal!
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is a 2004 Caldecott Honor Book.
A Northern Light is a 2004 Prinz Honor Book.
The Pot That Juan Built and Harvesting Hope are 2004 Belpré Honor Books for Illustration.
Ursula K. LeGuin won the 2004 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her lifetime contribution to young adult readers.

Click on the title of the book to read the complete review.
Happy reading!

January 20, 2004


***Hotel Bemelmans, by Ludwig Bemelmans
***What's So Great About America, by Dinesh D'Souza
***An Innocent in Ireland, by David W. McFadden


****Legacy of Love, by Joanne Trollope writing as Caroline Harvey
****Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture, by Apostolos Doxiadis
**Master and Commander, by Patrick O'Brian

Young Adult Fiction

*****Sorcery and Cecilia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
*****Sabriel, by Garth Nix
***Dragon's Bait, by Vivian Vande Velde

Children's Fiction

****Bartlett and the Ice Voyage, by Odo Hirsch
***The Children of Green Knowe, by Lucy M. Boston

Old Favorite

(Children's Fiction): *****The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien

Picture Book Pick

***Letters from Father Christmas, by J. R. R. Tolkien

Quotation of the Week

“They saw that he had some wits, as well as luck and a magic ring—and all three are very useful possessions.”

—J. R. R. Tolkien, in The Hobbit

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