“Wonder” by R.J. Palacio has been chosen as the 2013 featured novel for the 11th year of Santa Monica Reads, the city’s community reading program.
Produced by the Santa Monica Public Library since 2003, Santa Monica Reads is a citywide reading program that invites participants to read and talk about the same novel in book discussions and special events held around the city. The program was formerly known as Santa Monica Citywide Reads.
“Wonder” is the story of 10-year-old August “Auggie” Pullman, an ordinary boy in every way, except a congenital facial deformity that has kept him away from kids his own age for much of his young life. The novel follows Auggie, previously home-schooled, as he attends school as a fifth grader and learns to navigate the challenging terrain of his peers’ alternately cruel and kind reactions to his physical appearance.
Narrated by Auggie, his older sister, her boyfriend and several of Auggie’s classmates, “Wonder” is a universal story that many can relate to and is sure to provoke discussion between readers of every age, a Santa Monica library spokesperson said. The novel is published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House Books.
The 11th season of Santa Monica Reads is planned for February and March 2013. In addition to several free public book discussion groups led by volunteer facilitators and held in libraries, bookstores, coffeehouses, and other Santa Monica venues, the series will include an appearance by the author, film screenings, panel discussions and other complementary special events.
Information, http://smpl.org/SMReads.aspx, or (310) 458-8600.

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