Monday, January 13, 2020

Bibliophile's Corner

White Bird
by R. J. Palacio

Goodreads Description:
A Wonder story.

In R. J. Palacio's collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian's grandmother, Grandmere. This is Grandmere's story as a young Jewish girl hidden away by a family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II in graphic novel form.

My Thoughts:
This recent release from Ms. Palacio is a wonderful addition to her world of Wonder. While it is a tale of fiction, it was totally believable, set against the true life events of World War II in Nazi-occupied France. I especially appreciated the author addressing the Nazis' treatment of physically challenged persons during their reign of terror; it's the first book for children that I've read that does so. The novel shines a light on the courage that is sometimes required to show even a small act of kindness. I highly recommend White Bird to readers aged eight & up.

Click here to learn about the author, R. J. Palacio.

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