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Wonder & Smiles

My book club recently read a sweet little book called Wonder.  It's about a boy with a facial deformity who has been homeschooled all his life, until now, when he enters middle school.  It delves into his thoughts, the thoughts of his family, and the thoughts of some of his newfound friends.  I loved that it didn't make most of the characters into "good" or "bad," but rather, had a spectrum of gray that provided interesting insight.  It's given me more thought into some of those struggles.

Many of you are probably familiar with Operation Smile, an organization that works to heal cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities around the world.  They are truly incredible and do so much good and save so many lives (for free!) across the globe.  Campus Book Rentals is working with them to donate over 1,000 life-saving cleft lip surgeries this year, which is really humbling.  I love that their focus is on facilitating education (their new program, RentBack allows students to rent out past textbooks to other students), but they use their resources toward corporate social responsibility, which was a big interest of mine in business school.

If you're a student, definitely check them out, and I definitely recommend Wonder to anyone looking for an inspiring middle-grade book.



Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Campus Book Rentals, but all opinions and recommendations are my own.

3 comments

  1. This is wonderful! I need to read that book. I was on an international cleft palate team for a few years, and it was amazing. The work is truly life-changing.

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  2. I read "Wonder" and thought it was such a great book. I think the author did a good job of presenting the main character as just an ordinary boy despite the challenges he faced. :)

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  3. I read this a couple of months ago and thought it was so great. Such a great story and characters for starters, and then the message too. And it was also interesting since my husband is training in ENT, and they do a lot of these surgeries. He knew exactly what that condition was and said I should just Google it to see a picture of what it was like, but I never did - I didn't feel like I should when Auggie didn't want to exactly say....

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