Our Book of Choice for 2013
Literacy Mid-South has chosen Wonder by R.J. Palacio as our 2013 Book of Choice. The staff of Literacy Mid-South chose this book because of the themes of anti-bullying and kindness. This is a book for adults, children, book clubs, families, and schools. We will be celebrating the book throughout the month of March. We invite you to join us!
After an extensive search for the "perfect book" for our new annual citywide reading campaign, the staff of Literacy Mid-South chanced upon Wonder thanks to a recommendation by the staff of Booksellers at Laurelwood. We are very proud that our city will be participating in a shared reading experience, as thousands of Memphians have committed to reading this book with their children, their book clubs, and their friends.
About the Book
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting fifth 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 by R. J. Palacio begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include that of 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.
Get the Book!
Wonder is available for purchase at a special display at Booksellers at Laurelwood. Booksellers at Laurelwood is a longtime supporter of Literacy Mid-South and a sponsor for this event.
While you are at Booksellers, be sure to join the Gives Back Program and designate Literacy Mid-South as your beneficiary. Not only do you receive gift certificates and special discounts, a percentage of your purchases is given directly to support the many programs of Literacy Mid-South. More information is available here.