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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Friday---er, Saturday---posts

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't dig for their favorite book, the coolest, or the most intellectual. They use the one they are currently reading.

Book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Book Beginnings:
I know I'm not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary, I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know that ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds.

Friday 56:
We sat together at lunch," I said.
I had started kicking a rock between my feet like it was a soccer ball, chasing it back and forth across the sidewalk.
"She seems very nice.""Yeah, she is."
"She's very pretty," Mom said.
"Yeah, I know," I answered. "We're kind of like Beauty and the Beast."
I didn't wait to see Mom's reaction. I just started running down the sidewalk after the rock, which I had kicked as hard as I could in front of me.
A few thoughts:
Wonder is an award winning junior-level book about a boy who has facial deformities and his first year attending school. Further down the first page Augie says about his looks: "I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse." 

So far, so good.


  1. I would like to read this one, I have read great snippets and favorable reviews.

    Happy weekend!

  2. I want to read this one, too. Excellent Friday 56!

    Linking from Freda's Voice,
    Ricki Jill


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