Series: Wonder Series
Length: 224 pages
First Published: 2019
In R. J. Palacio’s bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian’s grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with Grandmère’s heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.
Sara’s harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, “It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything.” With poignant symbolism and gorgeous artwork that brings Sara’s story out of the past and cements it firmly in this moment in history, White Bird is sure to captivate anyone who was moved by the book Wonder or the blockbuster movie adaptation and its message.
Quotes from White Bird
In these dark times, it’s those small acts of kindness that keep us alive, after all. They remind us of our humanity.
Time passes. That is the only thing one can be sure of in life: Time does not stop. Not for anyone. Not for anything. Time marches on, oblivious to all.
It’s not up to God to make it end, Pastor. Evil will only be stopped when good people decide to put an end to it. It is our fight, not God’s.
About R. J. Palacio
Raquel Jaramillo Palacio is an American author and illustrated. Her debut novel, Wonder, was an instant bestseller. She is also the author of Pony. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family. Visit the author’s website →