Santa Monica READS, a community reading program that invites everyone in the community to read and discuss the same novel in free book discussions and events held throughout the city, will take place Feb. 16 through March 23.
The program marks its 11th year in 2013 with the novel “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. A critically-acclaimed 2012 release by publisher Alfred A. Knopf, “Wonder” is the story of 10-year-old August “Auggie” Pullman, an ordinary boy in every way, except for a congenital facial deformity that has kept him away from most children his age.
Previously home-schooled, Auggie begins attending school with other kids in the fifth grade, and the novel chronicles not only Auggie’s transformation over the next year, but also the changes experienced by his family, friends and classmates. It is a universal story that many can relate to and is sure to provoke discussion among readers of all ages, a Santa Monica READS spokesperson said.
“Wonder” is available now from the Santa Monica Public Library, as is a resource guide that provides more information on the book, its author and upcoming Santa Monica READS events. The program is sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library, with support by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library and other community, educational and local business partners.
Information, (310) 458-8600, or smpl.org.

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