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You may have seen commercials for a new movie that will be coming to theaters in the next few weeks called Wonder starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. That movie is based on a bestselling children’s book and this week the library received a new copy of that book.
Check out Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This book tells the story of Augie Pullman, a boy who was born with several health issues including severe facial differences that have prevented him from attending school with other children. But now he will be starting the fifth grade at Beecher Prep. It’s hard for anybody to be the new kid at school, but even more so for someone who looks different on the outside but just wants to be seen as an ordinary child. He has to find a way to convince his new classmates that, despite his appearance, he is just like them.
This story was originally published in 2012 and was a New York Times bestseller. It also won awards and inspired the Choose Kind Movement, which encourages children and their parents to be kind to everyone and remember how their words have great power and can change lives. The story teaches empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
Our new edition of the book contains a section of photos from the movie and a very moving foreward written by the director and co-screenwriter of the movie. So, check out this inspiring story before you go to the theater and see the film.