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White Bird

A Wonder Story
Written by: R. J. Palacio
Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon, Wonder, R. J. Palacio presents an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

In R. J. Palacio's best-selling collection of stories, Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, audiences were introduced to Julian's grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio presents Grandmère's heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.

Sara's harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, "It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything." With poignant symbolism that brings Sara's story out of the past and cements it firmly in this moment in history, White Bird is sure to captivate anyone who was moved by the book Wonder or the blockbuster movie adaptation and its message.

This full-cast audio adaptation of White Bird transforms the graphic novel into a truly original audio performance.

This audiobook includes a PDF of the Glossary, Suggested Reading List, Organizations and Resources, and Bibliography.

Audio Narrators:

Grandmère, read by Hillary Huber

Sara Blum, read by Emily Ellet

Julian and Paul, read by Robbie Daymond

Sara Blum, read by Emily Ellet

Maquisard and Monsieur Lafleur, read by Graham Halstead

Mademoiselle Petitjean, read by Lauren Ezzo

Jean Paul, read by Sean Patrick Hopkins

Max, Jerome, and Rabbi Bernstein, read by Robert Fass

Julien, read by Michael Crouch

Nazi Soldier, read by Tristan Morris

Pastor Luc, read by Adam Alexi-Malle

Vincent and a Nazi Soldier, read by P. J. Ochlan

Marianne and Ruth, read by Karissa Vacker

Rose, Sophie, and Madame Lafleur, read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Vivienne and Rabbi Bernstein's Wife, read by Lisa Flanagan

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 R. J. Palacio (P)2019 Listening Library

What the critics say

"A must-read graphic novel that is both heart-rending and beautifully hopeful." (Kirkus Reviews starred review)

“Sure to be popular among fans of Wonder and educators who want to connect past to present.” (School Library Journal)

"R.J. Palacio brings to life the nature of heroism and the real risks we face today." (Meg Medina, Newbery Award-winning author of Mercy Suarez Changes Gears

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  • Gretchen
  • 2020-06-19


Outstanding book about kindness in the face of threat. Great for kids and adults alike.

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  • Rika F
  • 2020-04-05

Every child should read/listen.

As a teacher, I recommend this book for all young adults. Awareness is everything and this story teaches a lot of history and also carries the message that we should share a light with one another and that being a bystander to injustice is not okay. I enjoyed every second!