By R. J. Palacio

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August Pullman, Auggie to his family and friends, was born with a genetic disorder caused him to be physically disfigured.  Previously homeschooled, Auggie starts school at Beecher Prep, and Wonder is the story of his first year there.  This rich story provides the grounds for authentic discussions about friendship, bullying, acceptance, forgiveness, and the strength of the human spirit.  If you enjoyed Wonder already, look into The Julian Chapter or Pluto.

The Empty Pot

By Demi

Ping is an excellent gardener, and he is thrilled to learn that the emperor is using a gardening challenge to choose the next emperor of China.  Ping works carefully to nourish the seed and help it grow.  Will Ping be able to grow a flower worthy of the emperor?