Read Notebooks Book Of The Week #1: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Few things are more important for a parent looking to instill a love of reading and to teach literacy skills to their child than choosing the right books. To help with this decision, Read Notebooks is launching a new series of blog posts highlighting one incredible book each week.

Our first selection for this exciting series is a wonderful book for children ages 8-12 about Auggie, a shy, intelligent, boy born with a genetic facial abnormality. While his parents have homeschooled him his whole life to protect him from stares and cruelty, he must enter a real school and learn to connect with his new classmates. Told through the voices of Auggie, his sister Via, and his new friends at Beecher Prep, this book provides a powerful, sweet, and thought-provoking reading experience for children just beginning to understand what it means to be different and experiencing otherness.

We aren’t the only ones that love this book. More than two million people have enjoyed it, propelling it to the top of the New York Times best seller list for 36 weeks. This book deserves all the praise it has received and more for providing a highly teachable lesson in difference, acceptance, and bullying.

For a more in depth review, have a look at Maria Russo’s article in the New York Times Sunday Book Review: Link.

Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers | Jan. 7, 2012

 

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Justin Reyes
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