Book Talk: Wonder

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Guest host Sasha de Buyl is joined by screenwriter, poet and Leith Library's Reader in Residence, Emily Dodd, and Rachel McCrum, performance poet and co-founder of Stewed Rhubarb Press to discuss R J Palacio's bestselling children's novel, Wonder. Wonder tells the story of 10-year-old August Pullman, a boy with a severe facial deformity who faces going to a mainstream school for the first time in his life. The book manages its difficult subject matter with a healthy dose of humour, but does its depiction of pre-adolescent life ring true? And does it fall into the trap of using August merely to teach kids a moral lesson?

Listen to find out what our guests think of these and other questions, then join the discussion in the comments below or by tweeting us your thoughts @scottishbktrust or leaving a message on our Facebook page.

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