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NY Times best-selling author to read, sign book in Newton

Posted by Laura Franzini  November 27, 2012 11:03 AM

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New York Times best-selling author, R.J. Palacio, will read from her book "Wonder" and sign copies on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Newton South High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

"Wonder" is the story of a boy with a facial disfigurement, who goes to school for the first time as a fifth grader. The story unveils the courage and human capacity for kindness of the boy and those around him, according to a press release.

The book has been ranked #7 on the New York Times Chapter Book Best Sellers List, was chosen as an Amazon "Best Books of the Month for Kids" by Amazon.com, and was included in a "Must List" by Entertainment Weekly.

The reading and book signing are free and open to the public, and elementary school-age children and older are welcome with an adult. Preregistration is strongly recommended as space is limited. Go to www.understandingourdifferences.org.

"The themes of 'Wonder'--the courage of friendship and the power of kindness--resonate powerfully with out organization's mission to educate communities to value and accept people of all abilities," said Rebecca Lubens, executive director of Understanding Our Differences (UOD).

UOD is a Newton-based nonprofit organization that provides disability and medical condition awareness education to the Newton Public Schools and to schools and organizations nationwide. It was founded in 1978 by a group of parents of children with disabilities in Newton.

UOD's program uses a hands-on, participatory curriculum to foster respect and compassion, and to prevent bullying, in elementary schools and communities at large. According to UOD, more than 27,000 Newton elementary school students and some 8,000 adult, high school, and college students have participated as trained, volunteer instructors.

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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