All of Lyme is invited to discover and explore R.J. Palacio's Wonder, the fictional story of ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive. Auggie goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. Watch the 90-second book trailer above for a taste of this remarkable book.
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. A Sensory Feast of Wonder’s Cultural References, with Judy Russell. R.J. Palacio's novel is filled with references to movies, songs, and books. Take a guided trip through the cultural references that inform Auggie's perspective.
Thursday, November 19, 6:30 Including Samuel film and discussion with Lyme School Special Education Director Miki McGee. Including Samuel examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities. The film is built on the efforts of filmmaker Dan Habib and his family to include Samuel, 7, in all facets of school and community. Including Samuel also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with dozens of teachers, young people, parents and disability rights experts. Best for ages 8 and up.
Monday, November 23, 2 p.m. Community Book Discussion with Bonnie Cornell and Lyme School students. Bonnie has read Wonder with her students in past years. Come hear their take on the book and share your reactions and reflections.
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Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. Sam Drazin presents “Bringing Wonder to Life,” at the Lyme School. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with a facial difference and hearing loss? Sam was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a craniofacial anomaly which is similar to that of Auggie, the main character of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. Like Auggie, Sam has undergone multiple surgeries and faced the challenges of adolescence while looking a bit different. Growing up with a facial difference and hearing loss, coupled with his experience as a teacher, Sam will take you on his journey, sharing with you the challenges as well as humor in everyday situations. Sam believes awareness is essential to support children and adults in becoming more aware and accepting of all differences. Best for ages 10 and up. Sponsored by the Lyme Collaborative.
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