September Kids' Book Club Pick: 'Wonder'
When Madeleine L'Engle won the Newbery Prize for A Wrinkle in Time, she ended her speech with the thought that a book "can be a star, 'explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,' a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe."
NPR's Backseat Book Club pick for September is just such a book. In Wonder, R.J. Palacio tells the story of 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with such a serious facial deformity that children and adults avert their eyes or twist their faces in disgust when they first see him. He's a tough, sweet kid who's been home-schooled and protected by his close friends and family, and Wonder follows his entry into the rough-and-tumble world of kids who aren't accustomed to Auggie.