White Bird: A Wonder Story
Illustrator: R.J. Palacio
In R. J. Palacio’s bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian’s grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with Grandmère’s heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.
Sara’s harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, “It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything.” With poignant symbolism and gorgeous artwork that brings Sara’s story out of the past and cements it firmly in this moment in history, White Bird is sure to captivate anyone who was moved by the book Wonder or the blockbuster movie adaptation and its message.
Afterword. Author’s note. “A Note About the Dedication.” Glossary. Reading list. Resources. Bibliography. Full-color digital illustrations. Black-and-white photographs.
JLG Release: Mar 2020
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Realistic Fiction Middle Plus
Awards & Honors
Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner - 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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School Library Journal
10" x 7"
Level 3.5; Points: 2;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 3.5; Points: 5;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
World War II (1939–1945), The Jewish Holocaust (1942–1945), German occupation of France, 1940–1945, Friendship, First love, Grandmothers and grandchildren, People with disabilities, Empathy, Courage, Graphic novels,