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DAY 4: Wonder

Posted on December 16, 2012 in News

What a year for young adult lit! Have you read Wonder? It isn’t often we see a book on inclusion, exclusion, disability, and community written for young people and it certainly isn’t often that that book ends up on every single “best of” list for that particular year. Whether you love Wonder or feel it misses the boat on certain lessons of dis/ability and difference, it will definitely be a tool to discuss important issues in the classroom and beyond.

Book cover for Wonder
Wonder

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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  1. From Sue Adelman on 17 Dec 2012

    Hi, just wanted to thank you for your work. We are new to the blog/techno phase of inclusion but working on it for the last 16 years… We have written a fun-nancy-drew style book with a main character with DS.. Please take a look! We would be happy to send you a copy too.

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