R. J. Palacio did something Wonder-ful. She wrote a book about a boy named Auggie. He was born with extreme facial deformities and not expected to survive. But he did, and now he faces another big challenge . . . attending a mainstream school and being treated like every other fifth grader. Wonder reveals that struggle from Auggie's point of view, but you also hear from his sister, her boyfriend, his classmates, and more. It is such a powerful story, one that quickly became a must-read across the country. We have eighteen copies here at Hoover Public Library (though we have a hard time keeping them on the shelves). We also have the companion ebook The Julian Chapter available through Overdrive. Julian is the bully in Wonder, and he finally tells his side of the story.
Now, I told you all of that as lead-in to a very Wonder-ful announcement. There is a new book called 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts. Mr. Browne is Auggie's teacher, and he is fond of inspiring his students with principles to live by. There is a precept for every day of the year, contributed by noteworthy people such as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Confucious, and 100 readers of Wonder. Interspersed with the precepts are letters and emails from the book characters. This is a must-read for every student and teacher touched by Auggie's story.