White Bird

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White Bird: A Wonder Story  White Bird is R. J. Palacio’s (Wonder) new graphic novel set in France during World War II..  A young Jewish girl’s life is turned upside down when German soldiers invade her town. She is separated from her parents and flees on her own.  Luckily, a boy from her school hides her in the family barn and protects her.  As the years pass, Sara wonders if her parents survived and grows to care for the boy, Julian (a Wonder character), who she was not nice to when they were students together in school.  Palacio’s book is a good introduction to the time period for children not familiar with the events of the war as well as those who are experts.  The drawings are paired excellently with the story.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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