Real-life ‘Wonder’ to speak at library

All October long, the Fond du Lac Public Library is celebrating the book, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, the fictional story of Auggie, a 10-year-old boy born with severe facial deformities who deals with cruelty and kindness in his first classroom experience. The book, the Fond du Lac Reads selection for 2017, is an uplifting worldwide best-seller.

In real life, Sarah Freund, 18, of Fond du Lac, lives with Treacher Collins Syndrome, the same affliction that make-believe Auggie was born with. Freund, who graduated from Fond du Lac High School in May, will share her experiences at two library programs in October:

  • Pizza & Pages teen book club, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 18: Open to teens in grades 6-12. Along with a conversation with Freund, teens will talk about “Wonder,” munch pizza and do a book-themed activity. The program is free; no registration required.
  • Book Discussion, 6 p.m. Thursday, October 26. All ages. Freund will talk to attendees and answer questions about her life. Library staff will lead a book discussion, show the latest movie trailer (“Wonder” is due in theaters November 17) and a National Geographic video about a boy with Treacher Collins. With Wonder-themed door prizes. Free; no registration required.

 

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