What follows is an email I received from my friend and colleague, Sue Wilder. I am not sure there is much more to say. Read Wonder. It is lovely, hopeful, inspiring, thoughtful, heartbreaking and more. Just read it. My eleven-year-old son who is a huge Rick Riordan fan loved Wonder too. Do yourself a favor, read it.
I’m on the plane home and just finished reading a book I heard about from friends and former colleagues. It’s adolescent fiction and the writer’s first novel. I’m writing you because this book touched me in ways no other book has touched me in a very long time. It has the added benefit of being exceptionally well written. Do yourself a favor, stop what you are doing, and go to the library, to the bookstore, to Amazon, or whatever source you use to access books and get started reading. I will forever be changed by this book and hope to be a better human being and friend to you all because of it. It is without question, the finest portrait of the DSC Way I’ve ever experienced.
When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Let me know if you want my copy (be forewarned you might find a few tear-stained pages).
My favorite precept is August’s—he shares his precept at the very end of the book.
August Pullman’s Precept: Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world.
Isabel McLean is a National Education Consultant at Developmental Studies Center