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‘Wonder’ Is Subject Of Vermont Reads Discussion Series

South Pomfret — A series of events related to the 2014 Vermont Reads selection Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, are being planned in South Pomfret and Woodstock.

The novel is about Auggie, an 11-year-old boy who was born with a facial deformity and is about to start fifth grade at a new school.

“The book is amazingly entertaining and thought-provoking,” Abbott Memorial Library said in a recent news release. “How will Auggie adjust to his first mainstream school and other kids’ reactions to him? How will students, parents, and teachers adjust to this smart, funny new student who looks so different?”

The events, organized by Abbott Memorial Library, are supported by awards from the Vermont Humanities Council.

The series will open with a free lunchtime discussion of the book on Feb. 27 at Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock. The event, planned in conjunction with Woodstock Union High and Middle School, will bring together students and Thompson Center readers. Ten copies of Wonder are available at the senior center for borrowing.

In March, the copies of Wonder will travel to the Pomfret School . Also that month, the Abbott Library will host its third “Moth” story-telling event, with a theme connected to issue highlighted in Wonder.

The following month, copies of the book will be available at Purple Crayon in Woodstock, where teacher and artist Fiona Davis will lead a school vacation camp in response to the book. Participants will collaborate on an art project that reflects their reactions to the novel.

The series will wind down in May, when the artwork from the camp will be installed at Abbott Memorial Library. The library will host a concluding event to “welcome the art” and a final discussion of the book.

Copies of Wonder are available at the library for circulation. Event details will be posted at Abbott memoriallibrary.org. class="VN_Bold-Italic">

Vermont Reads provides books, bookmarks, posters and other materials to selected groups to promote reading, shared conversation and a strong sense of community.

— Staff report