One Book On the RiverbendWonder by R.J. Palacio

2018 - Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The book begins with, “My name is August. I won't describe to you what I look like.
Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.”

Auggie is ten years old and wants to be just like everyone else. He is, however, far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to a real school. Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, moving debut to be read in one sitting, passed along to others, and be remembered long after the final page.

This year’s book discussions and community events in Middletown, Portland and Cromwell will center on choosing kindness, and bring awareness about bullying. Multi-generational book discussions, film presentations and more will be offered April 1st-May 31st.

Discussions will be led by Christy Billings, Co-Chair of One Book on the Riverbend. Contact info: cbillings@russelllibrary.org or (860) 347-2528 Ext 159.

Events

Film Showing: Wonder

Wednesday, May - 2 @ 6PM
Hubbard Room, Russell Library

Wonder The film follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in. The film is a 2017 American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Stephen Chbosky, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio.
From Rotten Tomates,"Wonder doesn't shy away from its bestselling source material's sentiment, but this well-acted and overall winsome drama earns its tugs at the heartstrings.”

The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Special Presentation with Guest Speaker Sam Drazin of Changing Perspectives

Friday, May 4 @ 6PM
Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, 413 Main Street, Middletown

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with a facial difference and hearing loss?
Sam Drazin was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a craniofacial anomaly which is similar to that of Auggie, the main character of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.

Like Auggie, Sam has undergone multiple surgeries and faced the challenges of adolescence while looking a bit different. Growing up with a facial difference and hearing loss, coupled with his experience as a teacher, Sam will take you on his journey, sharing with you the challenges as well as humor in everyday situations.

Sam believes awareness is essential to support children and adults in becoming more aware and accepting of all differences. Sam’s program is on inclusion and empathy. He has founded a non-profit called Changing Perspectives to provide disability awareness programming. He moves the conversation away from specific disabilities and inspires broader discussions and reflections about differences.

Family Book Discussion

Wednesday May 9 @ 6PM
Meeting Room 3, Russell Library

This program is open to everyone from Children (age 6th grade) to Adults.
Read the book along with a Parent, Grandparent, or a Friend and join us!
Discussion will be led by Christy Billings, Chair of One Book on the Riverbend.

Children’s Book Discussion

Tuesday, May 15 @ 6:30PM
Children’s Activity Room, Russell Library

Join Sara de Beer for a discussion that is designed to think of the many ways people choose to be kind –whether it be one student to another, an adult to a child, or a child to an adult. We will read about young people who are facing challenges – physical, social or developmental – that sets them apart from their classmates. How the other classmates treat them is as important as how they view themselves.

 Registration required. First 20 participants will receive a FREE book! If you've read the book, feel free drop in!

Book Talk With a Walk: Book Discussion in Motion

Wednesday, May 16 @ 1:00PM
Lobby, Russell Library


Meet in the lobby of Russell Library where we will go off-site for a short walk and discuss the 2018 One Book on the Riverbend title, Wonder. Grab your water bottle, lace up your sneakers and join us! Gentle pace and great discussion! In case of inclement weather the discussion will take place indoors.

Book Discussion

Wednesday, May 23 @ 6:00PM
Hubbard Room

Join us to discuss the 2018 One Book on the Riverbend title: Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The book begins with, “My name is August. I won't describe to you what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.”

Auggie is ten years old and wants to be just like everyone else.
He is, however, far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to a real school. Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, moving debut to be read in one sitting, passed along to others, and remembered long after the final page.
Discussion will be led by Christy Billings, Chair of One Book on the Riverbend.

Mother Daughter Book Discussion

Wednesday May 30th @ 6:00PM
Hubbard Room


We invite mothers and daughters to readthe 2018 One Book on the Riverbend title: Wonder by R.J. Palacio and join us for a discussion.

Discussion will be facilitated by Teen Librarian Heather Scussel and by Christy Billings, Library Assistant in Programming and Community Engagement.

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