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White Bird

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A powerful, unforgettable graphic novel from the world of Wonder, by globally bestselling and award-winning author R J Palacio.

To the millions of readers who fell in love with R J Palacio's Wonder, Julian is best-known as Auggie Pullman's classroom bully. White Bird reveals a new side to Julian's story, as Julian discovers the moving and powerful tale of his grandmother, w
Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Penguin
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Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got the arc of this at the ALA conference, and it was amazing! The story was so sad, but it was really really good. In fact, I was so desperate for it not to end that I read all the way into the authors note and the research, which was very interesting. I especially appreciated the tie in to today, which was very important and moving.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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That...was amazing. I cried so much and the characters were really developed, so it made it that much more important when crazy things happened to them. I would recommend this book to everyone who needs to cry for an hour or two nonstop. This book helps raise awareness about the holocaust and what is happening to immigrants today. I really liked this book!
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Palacio takes a character from Wonder and tells a new story - one that Julian's grandmother tells him. This time Palacio uses a new form - a graphic novel - and creates both the art and the text. This is a Holocaust story and one that Palacio hopes will bring that history to a new generation of children who may know little of that event.

Well told with expressive art and heart-felt text that does a good job of providing the background and history for young readers. In this story, Palacio focuses
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
"White Bird" is tied to the "Wonder" universe by a tangential thread, but works well as a stand-alone. It tells the story of Sara, surviving as a French Jewish girl during the Nazi occupation, and the brave kindness as well as unimaginable cruelty of humanity. It is difficult to compare fiction to a memoir, but the white bird aspect of this book - through which Sara was able to "see" what happened to the loved ones she was separated from - reminded me of "First They Killed My Father," takes a si ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julian interviews his grandmother for a school project about her childhood growing up in France during World War II. She tells him what it was like going from being a happy, pampered child to being marked as a Jew when Nazis showed up in her small town when she was about 14 years old. She still didn’t realize her life could really change until soldiers came to her school to remove all the Jewish children. Read the rest of the review on my blog, and be sure to click the "follow me" button to get ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this at the ALA Conference. It was one of the books I was very eager to get my hands on and I was not disappointed. Beautiful tale of friendship set during the dark days of the Holocaust. Palacio has created a completely different story than Wonder, but one that is heartfelt and sheds light on the perils children faced as the hateful Nazi ideals spread across Germany. I love that it is told in the context of a grandmother sharing her story with her grandson and that it is de ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing Palacio book. Add this to your “To Read” list and middle grade teachers, get ready to add it to your Holocaust book choices and lessons. I read it in a couple of hours, as did my 8th grade son (who also loved it). Ties in with Julien’s story from the Wonder books. I have not read his story, so this can stand alone. My son says it’s helpful to have read it, as you understand Julien more, but it’s not critical to engaging with this story.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kristina Jean Lareau
A poignant and timely graphic novel reminding us that we must remember the past, lest we are doomed to repeat it.

With the theme of choosing kindness, this book is truly a reminder of the need for empathy, to choose the right side of history, and never forget.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review is from my 12yo son :

"I just finished this in less than 2 hours. I couldn't put it down. It was so good. So many people died, but I felt so hopeful at the end. Mom, I loved it."

So. There you have it.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Make sure you have tissues handy, ya’ll. It’s about to get emotional.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a tough but essential read. So well-written abs powerful. This should be required reading for everyone. And have tissues!
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Evil will only be stopped when good people decide to put a stop to it.” #ItTakesCourageToBeKind
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My friend lent me her copy and it was so GOOD! It's sad but really good.
Whitney Archer
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC thanks to Random House.

My son and I were thrilled to read this - it’s a spin-off of a minor character in the Wonder story.

I appreciated the tie-in to current events. It needs to be said.

Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A new Wonder book is always exciting. In this graphic novel, we hear more of Julian's grandmother's story being a Jewish girl during World War II. Heart-wrenching, for sure. Lots of extensive backmatter material.
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