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What a wonderful experience for all that attended our Book Buddy discussion group of the book Wonder last night. The book Wonder is such a powerful story about a boy named Auggie who is born with a facial deformity and tells of his experiences at his new school. His new friends can't get past his extraordinary face. He just wants to be treated like an ordinary kid. The author R.J. Palcio calls the novel a "meditation on kindness." When bullying and exclusion are part of many children's childhood experience, this book offers us such hope in the goodness of small acts of kindness. I know I left changed.

Sam Drazin, a young man with the same condition as the character Auggie, came to our book group and helped our students understand that we all have differences even if they are not visible. I think we all left with a greater appreciation for the human spirit and the effects of simple actions on others.

The feedback from participants was very positive about Book Buddies/Parents and children reading together and joining in book discussions. We will have one more Book Buddy discussion group this year. Our plan is to continue Book Buddy discussion groups next year.

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March 21, 2014 Newsletter