Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was announced this morning as the 2015 Fox Cities Reads selection.
A launch was held at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton with greetings and support for the Reads voiced by Mayor Tim Hanna.
Here is a description of the book from the author's website:
Brynn was happy to meet Wonder author, RJ Palacio, during Palacio's recent visit to the Fox Cities. Students in Neenah recently held fundraisers to help raise money to help with transportation costs for Brynn's surgeries. Thanks for the community efforts to help this extraordinary child! Choose Kind!
Our 2014 Fox Cities Reads author took the Fox Valley by storm, reaching over 4,000 students, teachers, and others during her 2-day visit.
Little Chute Middle School students celebrate the author's arrival.
Palacio shares the story that inspired her to write Wonder.
Palacio with the 2014 Reads Writing Contest winner, Miles Beach, and his mother.
Our favorite precept! Will YOU choose kind? Make the pledge today and carry Palacio's positive message forward.
Thanks to everyone who supported Palacio's visit and to everyone who participated in the programs!
We are happy to announce that R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder, the 2014 Fox Cities Reads selection, will visit the Fox Cities May 20th and 21st!
Events are still being scheduled but will include multiple public events. More information and updates will be posted here soon.
Originally scheduled to appear in April, Ms. Palacio had to reschedule due to a family emergency.
Wonder is a New York Times Best Seller and appeals to community members of all ages. Copies of the book are available at all Fox Cities’ libraries. Pick up a copy if you haven't read the book and see the author in person.
Mr. Tushman asked me to Beecher in the summer. Total nightmare.
But I was glad to finally get out of the house. Mom and Dad are always arguing about stupid stuff, like who sleeps where. Ever since the divorce, it's been hard for me and Dad. Because Dad couldn’t find a home, Mom let us stay until he found a house. Now they're arguing 24/7.
When I got to the front desk of the school, Mrs. Garcia said “Mr. Tushman will be right with you.”
When I walk in, Mr. Tushman asked me to sit.
“Mr. Tushman, Jack Will and Charlotte are here.” Mrs. Garcia called from the speaker.
“Send them in.” Mr. Tushman called back.
Jack Will and Charlotte come in and sat down, Jack Will on my right and Charlotte on my left. “As I was saying, I have an important task for you three.” Mr. Tushman announced.
“ You three are some of the best students I ever seen. So I set up a tour for you to give. It’s for a boy that has a facial deformity that is called craniofacial difference.” Mr. Tushman told us.
“When are we going to give the tour?” I asked.
When we all got to the front desk in the morning, Mrs. Garcia knocked on the door and said “ They’re here, Mr. Tushman.”
Mr. Tushman opened the door. Then I saw August Pullman’s face for the first time. It was horrible! It was the face that gave anger to me. The face made me want to lose control. It was the face that reminded me of all of the horrible things that are in the world. And then I realized, if it gave all of that to me, I’ll give all of it back.
"I realized bullying never has to do with you.
It's the bully who's insecure."
When I get scared, I immediately get frustrated and upset.
Just thought I’d tell you that.
When mom dropped me off, I walked into the building and saw Jack and Charlotte were already waiting outside Mr. Tushman’s door. I heard muffled talking inside the office: Mr. Tushman, a middle-aged woman, and... August. My palms started to sweat and my insides started to churn. I must have had a weird look on my face, because Jack was staring at me quizzically. “What’s your problem?” I growled. Five long minutes passed, when finally, the door opened.
“Come on in, kids! It’s time to meet Auggie!” Auggie? My eyes rest on his face, and in a millisecond I look down and back up again. My eyes, green-gray, and his, rich brown, lock for a second, and I know he saw what I did.
My eyes are full of fear.
His eyes are too.
Then we both look away.
Mr. Tushman is talking, but I don’t really hear him. Next to me I see Jack shake August’s hand, so I step forward to shake his hand too. I pretend to lock both my hands behind my back, but I really wipe my right hand on the back of my shirt. I look at August, and, again, I’m sure he knew what I did. Those brown eyes could see right through me. “...and I’m sure he’ll love it. Are you ready, kids?” Mr. Tushman was saying. I numbly remembered we had to take August on a tour around the school, and so I nodded. Me, Jack, and Charlotte walked out of the door, and August, deformed, scary August followed us.
Can I avoid them?