Monday, January 30, 2012

Book Trailer Premiere: Wonder by R.J. Palacio








Jan Dundon and Mary Yockey, two first-rate booksellers at Anderson's Bookshop, gave me an advance reader's copy of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. Mary shared that the seventh-grade teachers at her school used it as a read-aloud. Her teachers and students were hooked from the first page. Jan and Mary urged me to move it to the top of my to-read stack. (If you regularly check this blog, you know it is a MASSIVE pile.)

I read Wonder two or three days later. Actually, a nickel and Tom Angleberger told me it was time to crack its spine.



August (Auggie) Pullman immediately grabbed my attention, heart, and mind; he did not let go from page 1 until page 308. Two weeks after reading August’s story, I often wonder how he is doing. Is he making friends? Are people judging and staring at him? Are classmates and strangers looking past his facial deformity?

August is a tough kid who will remind readers not to judge someone based on outward appearance. He sees himself as ordinary; however, I think he demonstrates extraordinary bravery and strength.

Now it is time to hear from debut author R.J. Palacio. Colby Sharp interviewed her about Wonder and her research process, and she is today’s Nerdy Book Club guest blogger. On February 14, you can visit a local independent bookshop to meet August and the unforgettable cast of characters in his life. They will touch your heart, guaranteed.



I am giving away two advance reader's copies of Wonder.

Rules for the Giveaway

* The contest runs from January 30 to 11:59 PM on February 3.

* You must be at least 13 to participate.


* Pay it forward. :)




Wonder is divided into eight parts. Part one opens with Natalie Merchant's "Wonder." I listened to it at least twenty-five times while reading August's story. I predict that by the time you finish reading the novel, you'll create a Wonder playlist. I did!



I'm giving away three digital copies of Natalie Merchant's "Wonder."

Rules for the Giveaway

* The contest runs from January 30 to 11:59 PM on February 3.

*You must have an iTunes account.

* You must be at least 13 to participate.


* Pay it forward. :)




"I live in NYC with my husband, two sons, and two dogs. For many years, I was an art director and book jacket designer, designing covers for countless well-known and not so well-known writers in every genre of fiction and nonfiction. I always wanted to write, though. I kept waiting for the perfect time in my life to start writing, but after more than twenty years of designing book jackets for other people, I realized that the perfect time would never really present itself. It's never the perfect time to start writing a book. So I decided to just go for it. Wonder is my first novel. And no, I didn't design the cover, but I sure do love it. " -retrieved from R.J's website




9 comments:

  1. I love everything about this post. And I love that I am on the west coast and didn't have to wait til tomorrow:) Thank you for being OUR librarian, Mr. Schu!
    --Carter

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  2. Love, love, love this. I've entered the giveaway here, at Colby's, and NBC. I'm hoping for one, and then of course it is on pre-order too. What an amazing sounding book. Can't wait to share the trailer with my students today.

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    1. Dear Mr. Schu--

      You guys are killing me. I want to read this book so badly. Thanks for the trailer.

      Anna

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  4. Thanks for sharing the trailer. I'll buy the book on February 14.

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  5. I can't wait to introduce this book to my students and this trailer is the perfect way to do so! Thank you for sharing this important story. I think my students will love it!

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  6. Will you pleeease do a video on "The Fault in Our Stars"? It's one of my absolute favorite books that I've read in a while, and I'd love to hear what you think about it :)

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  7. Loved the trailer, loved it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. just discovered your blog! i love natalie merchant and books (who doesn't?).

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