One Book, One School in the Middle! - Dragons News

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

One Book, One School in the Middle!

Dear students:

We would like to tell you about an exciting event called One Book, One School happening in April. During One Book, One School, everyone at the middle school--students, staff, teachers, and even some parents!--will be reading and talking about the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio. We’ll have time to read and discuss and do some special events with Wonder during Advisory, KIS Reads, in your classes, and after school. By doing One Book, One School, we hope to come together more as a school and become a kinder, more inclusive community of readers. (One Book, One School also fits with goals in our Middle School Road Map: defining who we are as a community of learners, cultivating open-mindedness, and embedding emotional safety into our school.)

You might ask, why are we reading Wonder instead of another book? The answer is, because it’s a fantastic book that has great lessons for us as a school. Many of your classmates say that reading Wonder has been a powerful experience for them, and one that helped them to think more about kindness, empathy, and understanding. Wonder is one of Time magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time, is a New York Times bestseller, and also had a movie made of it this fall. During One Book, One School, you’ll have a chance to read Wonder for the first time, or if you’ve read it already, you’ll get to talk with other students and take action on important points the book raises in different ways.

The first step in participating in One Book, One School is for you to get a copy of Wonder, whether in English or Korean, by April 9th. You can buy it on your own or get it through KISJ’s Scholastic Book Club (English copies only), local bookstore What the Book, or at our school book fair (April 9th-12th). Scholastic book fair flyers will be handed out in your English class this week, and the order deadline will be Friday, March 9th.

We will be sharing more information about One Book, One School with you soon, and look forward to becoming a kinder, more inclusive community of readers through this experience.

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