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 Sonderbooks 73

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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.
Subscribe, and I'll send you free e-mails of future issues, approximately every two weeks.

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.
I've got a new page called Why Read? with rationalizations for reading.

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

March 8, 2004


*****Madeleine L'Engle Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life, compiled by Carole F. Chase
****The Writer's Book of Hope, by Ralph Keyes
****The Sea, photographs by Philip Plisson
****The Knitting Experience Book 1:  The Knit Stitch, by Sally Melville
***A Traveller's Companion to Venice, edited by John Julius Norwich
***Essential Venice, by Tom Pocock


***The Lady and the Unicorn, by Tracy Chevalier

Young Adult Fiction

*****The Hollow Kingdom, by Clare B. Dunkle
****Stravaganza:  City of Masks, by Mary Hoffman
***A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray

Children's Nonfiction

****Ben Franklin's Almanac, by Candace Fleming

Children's Fiction

****The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera

Old Favorite

(Young Adult Fiction): ****Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes

Picture Book Pick

*****Philadelphia Chickens, by Sandra Boynton

Quotation of the Week

“Even writers who don’t publish,
or who do publish but are not as successful as they’d wish,
have engaged in one of the most daring and rewarding acts available to man- and womankind.”
—Ralph Keyes in The Writer’s Book of Hope

= Available at Sembach Library

Sonder is a German prefix meaning "special."

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