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Same Page to explore ‘Wonder’ of the fifth grade

The Friends of the Claremont Library selected Wonder by R.J. Palacio as its annual On the Same Page community read. The nonprofit will host a series of events in October to discuss and explore the novel.

Wonder features young Auggie whose first day of school, ever, is in the fifth grade. He’s funny and bright but he’s been home schooled because of serious medical issues. However, he’s ready now, and he and his family come to an agreement that he needs to start school with kids his own age. One problem: his medical issues are quite visible, as he was born with a cranial malformation making him a magnet for attention, scrutiny and even revulsion.

The story takes place over one school year, and is narrated by Auggie and several young people in his life. It is a compelling story, but the joy of the book is getting a close look at the kids in the fifth grade. Readers will see a lovely blossoming of the student’s character and independence, when it’s fostered by the school community and the parents.

The community is invited to attend any or all events held in October, which all take place in the library meeting room at 2 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the library. The schedule of events is as follows:

Saturday, October 3: Masks of Wonder, an art workshop.

Sunday, October 4: Claremont Youth Discussion: Perspectives on Wonder. Moderated by Sycamore teacher Lydia Hernandez.

Saturday, October 17: This is What Kindness Looks Like to Me art workshop

Saturday, October 18: Building the Empathic Community panel discussion. Panelists include Sister Terry Dodge from Crossroads; Katie Diestelrath from Claremont Youth Services; Monica Harmon from Speaking Out Against Bullying.

For more information, email friends of claremontlibrary@gmail.com.