Sonia Gensler

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Sonia Gensler

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I am a former high school teacher turned full-time writer living in Oklahoma with my husband and my cat.

My books include THE REVENANT (Knopf 2011), a ghostly mystery set at a Cherokee girls' school, THE DARK BETWEEN (Knopf 2013) a Gothic murder mystery set in Cambridge, England, and GHOSTLIGHT (Knopf 2015) a contemporary MG mystery about a haunted house film project.

PLEASE NOTE: I'm not assigning stars to book reviews anymore. I'm really not writing reviews, either. Mostly I'm just tracking my reading, and rest assured that if a book shows up on my Goodreads list, it was a worthwhile read.

March Tea and a Book

I am such a fan of Stella Gibbons, so it seems strange that I’ve only read four of her novels. You can see them above, except for The Woods in Winter, a strange yet endearing story I read on my kindle. Today I want to share Westwood, a story I struggled with and yet couldn’t put down. It’s not rollicking fun like Cold Comfort Farm, nor is it romantic like Nightingale Wood. It’s perhaps more ab

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Average rating: 3.68 · 4,751 ratings · 948 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Revenant

3.63 avg rating — 966 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
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The Dark Between

3.41 avg rating — 615 ratings — published 2013 — 7 editions
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3.76 avg rating — 327 ratings — published 2015 — 5 editions
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3.74 avg rating — 2,888 ratings — published 2014 — 12 editions
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A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson
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I first read this back when I was teaching, I think? (13+ years ago) Listening to Ibbotson's Madensky Square inspired a re-read, and oh how delicious it was! It has so many things I love: an Unorthodox boarding school in Austria as setting, an young ...more
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A very buzzy book with lots of rave reviews, and it was quite good, but I don't enjoy the manipulations that go hand-in-hand with unreliable narrators.

Ah well. I'm sure I'm in the minority on this.
Sonia Gensler and 5 other people liked Laura's review of Westwood:
Westwood by Stella Gibbons
"From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
In 1943 bomb-hit London, teacher Margaret Steggles falls under the spell of the wealthy Challis family.

Episode 2:
Teacher Margaret Steggles wonders if pompous playwright Gerald Challis really is the man of her dreams.

Stars Juli
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Westwood by Stella Gibbons
"I was surprised to read a couple of negative reviews of this book as I absolutely loved it, although its 30 years since I read Cold Comfort Farm so in that respect I can't make a comparison. There are wonderful social observations and some very funny" Read more of this review »
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Westwood by Stella Gibbons
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Not an easy read, but in the end I was so glad to have experienced this story.

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Madensky Square by Eva Ibbotson
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Several of Ibbotson's books were rebranded YA several years ago, but Madensky Square was not included among that number because it's undoubtedly an adult novel. It's not explicit, of course -- none of Ibbotson's books are, as far as I know -- but it ...more
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A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus
A Place to Hang the Moon
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I'm thrilled to see all the gushing reviews of this one on Goodreads, for I so enjoyed it. Keep in mind, however, that the main characters really do go through the ringer as they cope with evacuation from London at the start of WWII. The going gets t ...more
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Carrie's War by Nina Bawden
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More WWII evacuee reading! This was a slow start but once things got going I couldn't put it down. LOVE this book, and I feel honored to have read a novel of such a harrowing time in England's history from a woman who personally experienced the evacu ...more
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The Woods In Winter by Stella Gibbons
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An odd and somewhat scattered narrative, but I did love Ivy Gower and I have yet to meet a Stella Gibbons book I didn't like. Ivy is quite a character, and I especially admired her love of solitude and her fondness for animals, but I have to agree wi ...more
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“What about that graveyard just down the road? Are all the Hilliards buried there?"

"Just the dead ones.”
Sonia Gensler, Ghostlight


What book should we read in October?

You may write in titles, provided the book is a 2016 Newbery contender and already published.

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Goodbye Stranger (write-in)
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Crenshaw (write-in)
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Chasing Secrets (write-in)
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Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Dear Sonia,

Thank you so much for accepting my friend request :)
I am looking forward to reading and discovering more of your work.

Best wishes for more books in the future,

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