Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Helen Mirren and Gillian Anderson!
Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable, Sydney Taylor Book Award-winning story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war. And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Pony, available now!
"I was captivated by White Bird. It tells the hardest truths with honesty and calm (so that young readers can hear them). R.J. Palacio brings to life the nature of heroism and the real risks we face today." --Meg Medina, Newbery award-winning author of Mercy Suarez Changes Gears
In R. J. Palacio's bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian's grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with Grandmère's heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.
Sara's harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, "It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything." With poignant symbolism and gorgeous artwork that brings Sara's story out of the past and cements it firmly in this moment in history, White Bird is sure to captivate anyone who was moved by the book Wonder or the blockbuster movie adaptation and its message.
Praise for Wonder:
#1 New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Time Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for." --Entertainment Weekly
"Rich and memorable." --The New York Times
"A beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation." --The Wall Street Journal
Branded as "A Wonder Story," Palacio's well-paced graphic novel debut expands upon a story introduced in Auggie & Me Grandm re's tale of her childhood in German-occupied France. Asked by Julian, Wonder's bully, to recount the story of Julien, a boy impacted by polio who helped her hide from Nazi soldiers as a child, Grandm re reluctantly agrees. Cruelly teased by schoolmates, Julien becomes Sara's protector after Nazis invade their progressive school. The two make a sympathetic duo as Sara's once-charmed life gives way to an existence of survival. Palacio elaborates on her previous books' themes, including empathy, bullying, and othering, and a twist toward the end challenges assumptions about who "belongs" in a society. Final panels, which show contemporary Americans protesting family separation at the U.S./Mexico border, tether the story to current events. The volume's visual style is at its most distinctive in its evocative settings and poetic moments, such as woods that sparkle with bluebells and the titular white bird soaring through time and space. Palacio, a confident storyteller, has crafted a work whose classroom-friendly packaging belies a gripping human story. Further resources include a glossary and suggested reading list. Ages 8 12.
Yet another genuine review wrote by me😶sorry for the length
At first I did not expect White Bird to be a graphic novel because I just went forward and bought it. I still think that all the Wonder stories are good. With an amazing author such as R.J. Palacio, we always get good stories. It’s also pretty much of a realistic fiction story. And yes, I know, kindness is power, power is kindness, kindness is love (that was out of nowhere). I know that, yes, the society is now very dark, and yes, the wars that we are fighting now are also cruel and cold-hearted. People in White Bird (except for some like Vincent, or maybe even Sara’s friends) are all who have a heart of gold.
White Bird spreads the message of hope, and asks us to maintain the little light and the kindness in our hearts. We will never forget the hard times, nor will we forget the happy ones and the light ones. Find that power to ignite your soul through dark times.
Also, some people (also parents) keep a lot of pressure on their kids or something like that. But come on, let’s just balance it out, both kids and adults have to be grateful for one another, even if you’re not in the same family. So please, remember kindness. Remember it.
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Would read again, definitely recommend this book.
I am not a big fan of graphic novels, but it was good and made my cry.