White Bird: A Novel
White Bird is a beautifully told tale about a young girl in Nazi occupied France and her experiences in hiding during the Holocaust. With a connection to RJ Palacio’s book, Wonder, this story is told from the perspective of Julian‘s grandmother. It intertwines a tale of friendship, acceptance, and learning about who you are, with the historical perspectives of the Holocaust, and the lives affected. Adapted from RJ Palacio’s graphic novel of the same title, Erica S. Perl helps to bring the story to life with beautifully written prose. In addition, there is a wonderful section at the back that is full of historical facts, a glossary, additional reading, and other resources for teachers to use in support of units on the Holocaust. In a day and age where we seem to be susceptible to repeating the past, this is a must read to engage students in conversations about this important topic, as well as a book that all historical fiction lovers will enjoy.
– Kimberly M. Language Arts, CT
White Bird is a story of courage and friendship, fear and bullies all handled in a well-written novel that is an adaptation from a graphic novel (opposite of what usually happens!) This story would make a good introduction to students curious about the Holocaust. The friendship that develops between the two main characters will be appreciated by both boys and girls! This book could guide some great discussion about resilience, patience, fear, and loyalty.
– Mrs. K Stewart, teacher in Tucson, AZ
This was easily one of the best novels that I have read so far this year. I really enjoy the writings of R.J. Palacio, and I thought that she did a great job connecting this story to her previous novel Wonder. It was great to see the growth and development of the character Julian as he listened to his grandmother Sara tell him about her childhood. The fact that White Bird-A Novel is also in a graphic novel format provides another format for young readers to explore this story.
– S. Johnson