October: A Girl Named Disaster
This Newbery Honor book, by award-winning author Nancy Farmer, tells of eleven-year-old Nhamo lives in a traditional village in Mozambique, where she doesn't quite fit in. When her family tries to force her into marrying a cruel man, she runs away to Zimbabwe, hoping to find the father she's never met. But what should have been a short boat trip across the border turns into a dangerous year-long adventure, and Nhamo must summon her innermost courage to ensure her survival.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
August: The Flower Man
by Mark Ludy
What happens when the Flower Man steps into a colorless world? Behind every window lies a different story in this unique wordless book. This is the tale of a humble man who loves life, his garden and his neighbors. Children will also delight in searching for Squeakers the mouse, hidden somewhere on every page. (for wordless book lovers)