Grade 5 Mother / DaughterBook ClubWednesday, May 15, 2013
Why we chose this book• My favourite children’s literature book of 2012• Spread via ‘word of mouth’; Twitter / Blogs /Facebook, rather than a big publicity campaign• Themes• Message• Disability / differences
Auggie• How would you describe Auggie in the first fewchapters of the book? How does he change as thenovel progresses?• Star Wars is one of Auggie’s passions. Why doyou think this is?
Characters• Which characters do you think showed bravery?• Who was your favourite character, and why?
Themes1. Family relationships2. Friendship3. Bullying4. Betrayal5. Overcoming challenges
1. Family relationships• Discuss Auggie’s relationship with each of hisfamily members.• What do you think of Via as a character? Do youempathise with her?• Many reviewers have criticised Daisy’s death.Was it necessary for Auggie’s dog to die? Why didR.J. Palaccio add this event to the story?
2. Friendship• What are the characteristics of a good friend? DoAuggie’s friends have these qualities? DoesAuggie?• In the chapter composed of emails andmessages, Mrs Albans (Julian’s mom) suggeststhat asking ‘ordinary children’ to befriend Auggieplaces a burden on them. Do you agree with thisstatement?
3. Bullying• How does Auggie know the first time he meetsJulian that he will be a bully?• What prompts the grade seven students to attackand bully Auggie?• What is Auggie’s response to the bullyingthroughout the book?
4. Betrayal• Auggie and Jack are friends, so why does Jackbetray Auggie by talking about him behind hisback?• Via also feels betrayed. Why? What is herresponse?• How do Auggie and Via resolve their individualconflicts?
5. Overcoming challenges• Auggie’s attendance at Beecher Prep createschallenges for teachers / students / parents. Whatare these challenges, and how are theyovercome?• Does Auggie hurt or help the situation?• What lessons are learned because of Auggie’sattendance at the school?• In Mr. Tushman’s speech, he states that one ‘mustalways be kinder than necessary’. How doesbeing kind help someone overcome challenges?
Thinking about the book…• Wonder is told from many different perspectives.Did you like this? Was it effective?• Many people thought this book should be anaward winner. Do you agree?
Mr. Browne’s precepts• Your deeds are your monuments.• Fortune favours the bold.• It is better to know some of the questions than allof the answers.• Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplishmuch.• Just follow the day and reach for the sun!
Thanks for coming!• Discussion slides will be posted on Clemnettoday, and look out for a round-up in Friday’senews!• Also, check out the SCS Reads blog:http://tinyurl.com/scsreads