I don’t know if I can think a word that has become more talked about in the 21st century then the topic of bullying. It seems that in our tech-savvy world that the problem of bullying has found new ways to pervade our society. I recently was awestruck by the debut children’s book Wonder by P.J. Palacio, which deals with this difficult topic in a thoughtful and constructive way. Wonder is the story of August Pullman, a home schooled fifth grader with facial deformities, who is set to go to his first public school ever. As a parent, I was cringing at the thought of the cruelty that would be launched on poor Auggie , who is otherwise a funny and typical fifth grader. Palacio has written the book in an unusual style and has provided different chapters of the book from different perspectives– not only August, but also his sister Via, his classmates, and others whom August has touched. Although this is a children’s book, I recommend this book to ANYONE who wants to be touched by this wonderful book and its message on kindness. Here is the book trailer.
Welcome to Newburgh Free Library’s blog Inspirations: a blog for readers and viewers.
At the Newburgh Free Library we would like to connect our community to the books and movies we love as well as get feedback from you on the books and movies that you love and want to share with others.
Of course we plan on introducing new titles that are coming out on the shelves at NFL, but we also hope to connect you with a hidden gem or two – things that you might not have discovered on your own. At our new blog, look forward to reading about staff picks, patron picks, nonfiction, mystery, and the newest in street fiction. It’s all up for discussion in Inspirations.
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