Books that Change the Heart and Mind: Wonder

Instead of a favorite quote here is a little vide clip made about the book, enjoy! https://www.goodreads.com/videos/33475-wonder

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Wonder written by R.J, Palacio

published by Corgi Childrens in January 2013

Blurb: You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

My take on it: Oh my heart! This was such an amazing book. I liked the use of the word frank in the blurb. It doesn’t really sugar coat, but in such a natural way. The story just feels real. I loved the different points of view coming from many of the characters. Auggie’s story touched me through all the different roles I play in my life, sister, mother, friend …human. I was crying, laughing… laughing and crying. I felt anxiety and pride. This is one of those books that makes you want to be a better person and one that everyone should read! That is why it is on my favorites shelf!

Book GIVEAWAY! & …. a little M.I.A.

I am back! Wow, I took a little break there for a while, unplanned of course! Things seemed to get really busy with summer break (we actually got more of a summer break this year than last year, with year round school) and we decided to go places and do fun stuff! And just maybe I got a little lazy.

Visiting family, hiking, baseball, soccer!  (this is them! proud mom has to share)

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Now school, and therefore work, has started back up with more soccer, dance, flag football too! Life just stays busy, but we’re loving it! I am ready to jump back into my reviews and books!

What better way than to come back with my first book giveaway?! I recently reviewed Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 7664334and I am ready to give away a free copy of it! You can enter to win by commenting on this post, commenting on the facebook post or sharing the giveaway on facebook. You can be entered up to 3 times, 1 for each of the above! I’ll announce the winner on Monday the 28th. Good luck!

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

“We can’t know what’s going to happen. We can just try to figure it out as we go along.” -Morgan Matson

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

written by: Morgan Matson

published by: Simon & Shuster Books in May 2010

BLURB: Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

My Take on it: Amy (and her family) are going through some really tough stuff. This trip is completely out of her comfort zone and will challenge her to face the struggles she’s been going through in a way she didn’t expect. Roger himself has a little “detour” in mind and a few troubles of his own to figure out. I loved that Amy’s story comes out a little at a time as small things trigger her to look at the past and think of her future. I loved watching Amy and Roger, basically strangers, get to know each other after being “forced” into this road trip together and constantly in each other’s company for days in a row. This hit a personal note for me as I also lost my father when I was young. It’s really a sweet story and an easy going read. I really liked Amy and Roger as characters and I liked meeting the new ones they encountered along the way!