Happy Halloween! I know it has been a while since I’ve blogged. October has shaped up to be one crazy month, the smallest event being that my Macbook suffered death by hot chocolate a couple weeks ago. It was bound to happen, what with my addiction. (I have no intention of quitting.)

But on to better things!

I recently read WONDER by R.J. Palacio. Here’s a description:

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. 

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.WONDER begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. 

If I were the crying type, I would have cried through the entire thing! Oh. My. Goodness. Honest, heartfelt, heart-wrenching, and important. I loved hearing all the different points-of-view, so we don’t just hear what it’s like to be different and bullied, but what it’s like to be the sibling of such a kid, or the friend, or friend of a sibling. The narrative pulled me right through. I did not want to put this book down, even though it was seemingly simple in its structure and style. But that was one of the best things about it. It was so honest, simple, beautiful and powerful. Everyone, kids and adults, should read this book. The world would be a better place for it.

On that note, I want to do my part to make sure people have a chance to read this wonderful book. Yay! A giveaway! I’m going to giveaway not one, not two, but THREE copies of WONDER. Yes, I loved it that much. a Rafflecopter giveaway


    • Suzi

    • October 31, 2012

    • 1:23 pm

    Very cool. I have not heard of this one. Will have to check it out. Thanks.

  1. I thought WONDER was pretty great, too, but if I’m being one-hundred-percent honest, I thought the ending fizzled a little. That’s the only reason I didn’t give it five stars on Goodreads. (I gave it four instead.)

    Great giveaway, Liesl! Thanks!

  2. I haven’t read this yet, but I’m anxious too. I’ve heard so many good things! Thanks for the giveaway, Liesl!

  3. Thanks! I’ve been meaning to read this one.

    • Robin

    • October 31, 2012

    • 8:22 pm

    Such a great book!

    • Anonymous

    • October 31, 2012

    • 11:02 pm

    I found this at the library recently. I loved it. Such a great book. I’d love to own a copy too so thanks for offering a giveaway. I’m not sure I can though …I’m not on FB or twitter. I’m a bit behind the times as you can see 🙂


  4. Sorry Jill! I didn’t think about that. I just updated it so you can get an entry if you just leave a blog comment!

    • Anonymous

    • November 1, 2012

    • 2:23 am

    Oh, that’s sweet of you! Good luck to the potential winner(s)!


    • Jen

    • November 1, 2012

    • 5:01 am

    I hadn’t heard about this book, so thank you for bringing my attention to it. If you didn’t cry but I’m the crying kind, I wonder if I will cry. 🙂 Other than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and one of the Indian in the Cupboard books, I can’t think of any other book that has made me cry! (Ok, well, there *was* this one Danielle Steele book…)

  5. Oh – I want to win this! It sounds perfect for my middle schoolers. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Yay! So excited to win this. Thanks again, Liesl. 🙂

    • Shallee

    • November 21, 2012

    • 5:23 pm

    I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds beautiful! Congrats to the winners, and thanks for sharing it.

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