One Book * One School * One Community 2013
Kilmer's One Book Poster 2013
Kilmer Middle School has chosen the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio as the second annual selection in our One Book * One School * One Community effort during the Summer of 2013. All students are required to read this book along with one additional book of their own choosing. Wonder has an incredible message of kindness and anti-bullying that we hope spreads throughout our school.
- The New York Times, April 8, 2012:
"Rich and memorable...It's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of 'Wonder,' and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill."
- Kirkus Reviews (Starred), December 15, 2011:
"A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.
- ""How One Kind Moment Gave Way to Wonder,"NPR, Inteview with R.J. Palacio, September 12, 2013
The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2012:
"What makes R.J. Palacio's debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie's story…The result is a beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.”
NPR, March 22, 2012: 'Wonder' What It's Like To Have Kids Stare At You?
Kilmer's Advanced Theatre students' dramatic reading of the first 15 pages of the novel:
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
Read an excerpt of from the novel
TEXTS TO PAIR WITH WONDER
The Boy Behind the Mask (a 2001 Pullitzer Prize winning article by Tom Hallman, Jr.)
All Summer and a Day (a short story by Ray Bradbury, originally published in the March 1954 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
Please contact Gretchen Hazlin, Kilmer Librarian, if you have any questions about our common book project.