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EWB Book Lovers Club
Dear EWB Book Lovers Club members!
This time around we’re thrilled to introduce Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Wonder is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness. A moving read for both kids and adults, it’s a story of one boy’s journey of self-acceptance and an examination of how the ordinary can sometimes be extraordinary.
About the Book:
It’s a great book for anyone looking to expand their horizons, challenge their perceptions, or be inspired.
Wonder takes readers back to the uncertainty and awkwardness of middle school, with its fragile friendships and quicksand-like social structures. Into all this Palacio thrusts August Pullman, a boy born with facial deformities so severe he won’t even describe what he looks like because, as he says, “Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”
Why We Picked It:
This story tackles difficult subjects with grace and humor and offers adults and children alike a way to explore their prejudices and vulnerabilities while emphasizing the ability of kindness to bring us all closer.
Wonder asks its characters — and its readers — to view things from other points of view and consider other people’s feelings.
When you’re reading the book, think about why people see things differently and which characters are the most, and least, empathetic or sympathetic. (Not sure of the difference between empathy and sympathy? Grab a dictionary!)
When you’re discussing the book, make sure to be respectful of each other’s opinions and listen carefully to what every person has to say.