Naperville READS 2013 Presents

Running the Rift by Naomi Beranon Running the Rift
Naomi Benaron
For adult and high school readers
The horrors of the Rwandan genocide and the importance of family and hope are the two conflicting themes that see-saw back and forth in Benaron’s debut work of fiction. This novel clearly depicts the violent civil war between Hutus-Tutsis but also lovingly describes the beauty of family and community. Benaron was awarded the prestigious Bellwether Prize for her treatment of compelling social issues. Benaron will visit Naperville in early April and will make presentations to area high schools as well as the public. Reading Map | Read A Likes


Wonder by R. J. Palacio Wonder
R. J. Palacio
For upper elementary and middle school readers
In Palacio's first novel, the story of August "Auggie" Pullman is more than just the struggle of a boy born with severe facial deformities as he begins attending public school.  It includes the uncertainties of his parents about how to cope with strangers reacting to Auggie’s face as well as the toll this places on his older sister. Labeled a young adult book, "Wonder" is really a story for families to read and discuss. Palacio will visit Naperville in early February and will make presentations to area fifth graders as well as the public. Read A Likes

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