There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, and each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you. Many will be new and recent books. Some trailers will preview a not-yet-released book. And others will look back a little further.
A heartfelt and witty debut about feeling different and finding acceptance–beyond the rules.
Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David the rules-from “a peach is not a funny-looking apple” to “keep your pants on in public”-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she’s always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2010 Kids’ Next List“This is the touching story of a gifted child,trapped in a barely working body. Melody, age 11, struggles to communicate with a world of children and adults most of whom can’t see beyond her physical limitations. A provocative change of pace for Sharon Draper.”— Peter Moore, The Blue Marble, Fort Thomas, KY
“If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it” (Denver Post).
Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow. In this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.
Today we’re celebrating Auggie’s Birthday. Here is a reprint of my chooseKIND post from last year:
How important is the message of Wonder?
Important enough that the publisher has set up a whole site dedicated to the message of the book:
Important enough that the message is being spread in NYC’s Times Square:
[NOTE: On Tuesday, October 9, I posted our 1-2-3 WONDER project as part of the #WONDERblogTour. On top of that, I was honored to be mentioned by Wonder author RJ Palacio in her blog post on Wednesday.]
When I was on Twitter the other week, I saw that Lauren Donovan, a PR and social media rep for Random House Kids, was talking about “Choose Kind” cards. I quietly *raised my hand and requested some. She sent them right out. This is what they look like:
Today in classes I will draw names and pass some of these out. I will also encourage my students to sign the PLEDGE. I did:
And I will fill out this certificate and hang it in my doorway.
Will you join me?
And will you take a couple minutes to write a response to Wonder on the site?
I have been signing yearbooks with CHOOSE KIND as the year ends. Now the students will know what it’s all about.
If you’re a blogger or have a way to promote this campaign, grab the CHOOSE KIND button on the side of my blog and add it to yours.
Thank you for making the world a better place–one person at a time.