Posted by: jockmackenzie | March 9, 2016


Heather Jobs

READER OF THE DAY #45 Heather Jobs

Heather says, “Currently, I am reading a picture book a day with my grade 5 students in order to teach them reading strategies. We love Mo Willems! Our focus is on teaching our students to love reading and to be able to read well, so that they will be able to read to learn.

Our class novel is Wonder by RJ Palacio. It is an incredible novel about a grade 5 boy who was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school, until now. One of my boys, who is a bit of a reluctant reader, said, “I have never liked reading books until this one, can I read it on my own?”

Personally, as a new-ish teacher, I have quite a few books on the go. Most of my books are resource books to help me learn teaching strategies. I am reading Daily 5, CAFE, 3 Minute Motivators, and Words Their Way. When I get a few minutes at the end of the day, I am reading a Jodi Picoult Novel – Sing You Home.”

Goodreads says this about Wonder:

You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. 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?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.


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