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Virtual Member Event: Book Club at Main Street
May 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This is not your mother’s Book Club! We are thrilled to introduce a Virtual Book Club on ZOOM, led by published authors and literature experts who will facilitate thoughtful conversations as we explore books that will provide a great distraction and allow us to connect with our Main Street friends. Please get your book and save the date!
THURSDAY, MAY 14th, at 5:00 PM EST!
For our first Book Club, we will be reading WONDER by R.J Palacio which will be facilitated by our very own Main Street Member and author extraordinaire Karen Leggett. Description of book is below.
You will receive a link to join the Book Club after you register.
A bit about Karen:
Journalist and children’s author Karen Leggett chairs the Transition Work Group, which works to improve the transition of young adults with intellectual challenges and autism from school to greater independence.
Millions of people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.
The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement, a major motion picture, and the critically acclaimed graphic novel White Bird.
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference 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, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, 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.
“Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” –indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.