From the 17th - 21st November it is anti-bullying week.
Penguin at Random House has teamed up with The Anti-Bullying Alliance to launch a nationwide anti-bullying campaign inspired by the internationally bestselling novel Wonder by R.J Palacio.
Earlier this year Penguin launched the Choose Kind campaign earlier this year and so far have had over 700 schools in the UK sign up to take part. They are encouraging teachers and pupils to read Wonder, promote kindness in their schools and show us how they did this during Anti-Bullying Week this November. The Anti-Bullying Alliance found that nearly a quarter of 5-18 year olds have been bullied at school and 45% of parents state that they are concerned about their child being bullied.
This isn’t just a campaign for schools, through Wonder we’d like to inspire all people to be a little bit kinder to each other.
So about Wonder:
WONDER has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide since its publication in February 2012, winning both the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 5 – 12 fiction category and the Independent Booksellers’ Book Award. It was a #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and the UK’s biggest children’s debut hardback of 2012.
This incredible story was called ‘rich and memorable’ by The New York Times Book Review, and heralded as ‘the breakout publishing sensation of 2012, destined to go the way of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some’ by The Times.
More praise for WONDER:
‘What a gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry’ - Malorie Blackman, Children’s Laureate
‘A beautiful, thought-provoking and very poignant story’ - Mel Giedroyc, presenter & broadcaster
‘Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant’ - Laura Dockrill, children’s author
‘The breakout publishing sensation of 2012’ - The Times
‘Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant’ - The Observer
‘Wreaks emotional havoc’ - The Independent
‘In its assured simplicity and boldness it also has the power to move hearts and change minds’ - The Guardian
‘August Pullman is one of the most engaging and lovable [characters] in recent fiction’ - The Telegraph
‘It’s one of those rare books with almost universal appeal: it will make you laugh, cry and break your heart’ - The Bookseller
Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go.
Born with a facial anomoly, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school - and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
I have been really luck to be able to offer a giveaway of this great book plus a copy of 365 days of Wonder. All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!
Just one act of kindness can make an impact.
Read the book. Be inspired. Pass it on.
And always #choosekind.a Rafflecopter giveaway