White Bird  by R.J. Palacio

 White Bird  by R.J. Palacio, Alfred A. Knopf, 9780525645535, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Historical Fiction/Graphic Novel

What did you like about the book? I appreciated the way R.J. Palacio was able to present the horrors of WWII through the combination of text and images.  The story of Julian’s (from Wonder) Grandmother is simple, yet compelling, with a message of kindness, and good people’s light shining in a time of darkness. I read it in one sitting, and experienced such a range of emotions.  This would be a great book for middle schoolers to experience what happened to the Jews during the war in a relatively “safe” way. Death and violence are portrayed, though not too graphicly. This book would be a good stepping stone to learning more about  the Holocaust. 

Who should buy this book? Middle School  and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Historical  Fiction or Graphic Novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Amy Bloom, retired Middle School Librarian, Natick, MA

Date of review: February 11, 2020


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