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Sonderbooks #50

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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.
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March 29, 2003


****The Waiting Child, by Cindy Champnella
An adopted Chinese orphan pleads for "her baby" who was left behind
****The Road from the Past, by Ina Caro
The history of France illuminated by present-day tourist sites.
***The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, by Ann Budd
A book of basic patterns for multiple sizes and different weights of yarn


***Stones of Jerusalem, by Bodie and Brock Thoene
A Biblical novel about people affected by the ministry of Jesus

Young Adult Fiction

***Lost in the Labyrinth, by Patrice Kindl
A novelization of the myth of the Minotaur

Children's Nonfiction

***Rabble Rousers, by Cheryl Harness
Biographies of 20 women activists who changed history

Children's Fiction

****A Week in the Woods, by Andrew Clements
A new kid at a New Hampshire school is changed by an encounter with the wilderness
***Period Pieces:  Stories for Girls, selected by Erzsi Deak and Kristin Embry Litchman
Humorous and poignant stories about girls on their first step to womanhood
***The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool, by Margaret Gray
A delightful original fairy tale about a princess who doesn't follow stereotypes

Old Favorite

(Nonfiction): *****Discovering the Character of God, by George MacDonald
Inspiring meditations on Who God is and how He works in our lives

Picture Book Pick

****Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox.  Illustrated by Marla Frazee
A pesky preschooler drives her Mom over the edge, but doesn't drive away her love.

Quotation of the Week

“Most people return from Europe with a memory of the places they have visited
 that is very much like a salad after it has been put through a Cuisinart.
They have been to so many countries and heard so many dates and names of kings
that when they return, the trip is all a blur.
When I see the typical American tourist, I feel like yelling out,
‘Don’t do it that way, it’s no fun.  Do it my way.’”

--Ina Caro in The Road from the Past
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