Publication Date: 2012-02-14
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. The book begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing story of courage compassion and empathy. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
The One and Only Ivan
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
The One and Only Ivan is the winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller! This unforgettable and uplifting animal story explores the power of friendship, art, and hope with humor and touching poignancy. Ivan is an easy-going gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home--and his own art--through new eyes. Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.