- Author Bio
Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio presents an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.
In R. J. Palacio’s bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, audiences were introduced to Julian’s grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio presents Grandmère’s heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.
Sara’s harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, “It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything.” With poignant symbolism that brings Sara’s story out of the past and cements it firmly in this moment in history, White Bird is sure to captivate anyone who was moved by the book Wonder or the blockbuster movie adaptation and its message.
This full-cast audio adaptation of White Bird transforms the graphic novel into a truly original audio performance.
This audiobook includes a PDF of the Glossary, Suggested Reading List, Organizations and Resources, and Bibliography.
Grandmère, read by Hillary Huber
Sara Blum, read by Emily Ellet
Julian and Paul, read by Robbie Daymond
Maquisard and Monsieur Lafleur, read by Graham Halstead
Mademoiselle Petitjean, read by Lauren Ezzo
Jean Paul, read by Sean Patrick Hopkins
Max, Jerome, and Rabbi Bernstein, read by Robert Fass
Julien, read by Michael Crouch
Nazi Soldier, read by Tristan Morris
Pastor Luc, read by Adam Alexi-Malle
Vincent and a Nazi Soldier, read by P.J. Ochlan
Marianne and Ruth, read by Karissa Vacker
Rose, Sophie, and Madame Lafleur, read by Elizabeth Knowelden
Vivienne and Rabbi Bernstein’s Wife, read by Lisa Flanagan
Praise for Wonder:
#1 New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Time Magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
“In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can’t help but root for.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Rich and memorable.”—The New York Times
“A beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.”—The Wall Street Journal
Story Locale: WWII France
FULL CAST PRODUCTION: This graphic novel audiobook adaptation will feature a full cast and sound effects!
FAN FAVORITE: With over 6 million copies sold, five years and counting on the bestseller list, and the star-studded blockbuster movie, the Wonder audience is still growing with no end in sight.
A POWERFUL ADDITION TO THE WONDER CANON: Fans of the original novel will be moved and inspired by Grandmere’s story.
PERFECT FOR CLASSROOM USE: The WWII setting makes it a perfect fit for history curriculum in every classroom that uses Wonder as well as those that don’t (yet!).
CROSS-PROMOTION: Simultaneous with the Random House Children’s hardcover, which has a 100,000 copy announced first printing, 978-0-525-64553-5.
Marketing: Review coverage in library trade journals & magazines including Booklist, School Library Journal, AudioFile, and Publishers Weekly.
National feature and review attention
National media attention
Feature on Listening Library website and in Audio e-newsletter.
School & Library Marketing
Display at national conventions
Submit to appropriate award committees.
Feature on BOT Library website and in e-newsletter.
Feature Website: wonderthebook.com
Author Social Media: Twitter: @RJPalacio
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner
Praise for White Bird:
“At once expressive and chaste, an elusive but ideal combination.” —New York Times
“A story that shows the impact of the Second World War and the rise of fascism on what had been a pastoral, fairy-tale childhood, with White Bird pulling no punches in connecting that historical moment to what’s happening in the world today.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“Extraordinarily powerful.... White Bird does not shrink from depicting the terror and violence of the Nazi occupation for younger readers, and respects the ability of those readers to handle strong material.” —Forbes
“A must-read graphic novel that is both heart-rending and beautifully hopeful.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A story of resistance, bravery, and survival…. This compelling story is served well by the graphic novel format.” —Booklist
“Sure to be popular among fans of Wonder and educators who want to connect past to present.” —School Library Journal
“R.J. Palacio brings to life the nature of heroism and the real risks we face today.” —Meg Medina, Newbery award-winning author of Mercy Suarez Changes Gears
“Rare, superb, timely, and timeless.” —Mark Siegel, author of the 5 Worlds graphic novel series