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White Bird

Written by: R. J. Palacio
Narrated by: Hillary Huber,Emily Ellet,Michael Crouch,Full Cast,Graham Halstead,Lauren Ezzo,Sean Patrick Hopkins,Robert Fass,Tristan Morris,Adam Alexi-Malle,P.J. Ochlan,Karissa Vacker,Elizabeth Knowelden,Lisa Flanagan
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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 New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner

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

"At once expressive and chaste, an elusive but ideal combination." (New York Times)

“Extraordinarily powerful.... White Bird does not shrink from depicting the terror and violence of the Nazi occupation for younger readers, and respects the ability of those readers to handle strong material.” (Forbes

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

Editorial Review

In a time when the cost of being kind meant risking it all, courage meant everything. For Sarah, the unyielding bravery of an unlikely ally will show her just how mighty the force of kindness can be.

White Bird: A Wonder Story is a must-listen for fans of R.J. Palacio’s Auggie & Me, expanding on the characters he introduced in his beloved Wonder. Looking back at the young life of Julian’s Grandmother, Grandmére, this moving story follows Sara, a young Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. When the threat of becoming another casualty of the Holocaust turns into a terrifying reality, Sara will have to rely on the kindness of an ostracized classmate to save her life. Her harrowing experience leads listeners on a path of forgiveness, heart-changing compassion, and bravery that transcends time.

Winner of the New York Public Library Best Book of the Year, White Bird offers the perfect opportunity for parents to create a powerful connection to the past while focusing on the value of kindness in the present. A New York Times bestselling author, Palacio has crafted a captivating story that will leave young listeners with invaluable lessons about the importance of friendship and acceptance, especially amid a crisis, disaster, or war.

The audiobook is performed by a full-cast, led by Hillary Huber, Emily Ellet, and Michael Crouch. A film adaptation, starring powerhouses Helen Mirren and Gillian Anderson, is currently in the works, slated for release in 2023. A wonderful addition to the Wonder family, White Bird, will enthrall young children and lead to eye-opening conversations that are more important now than ever.

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