Two unusual Children’s Books

“Wonder” (by R. J. Palacio)-is a children’s book according to which a film was made with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson in the lead roles.

Wonder is a poignant (but not too sad) story of a young boy with a facial deformity. August acts like every other 10 year old. But now he’s about to face the nightmare he’s been dreading: school.Ever since he was born August has been homeschooled and tried to avoid any public events. He got used to the stares and gasps, the groans and horrified faces, the smirks and sniggers from teenagers showing off.August has had too many operations to count. He’s had part of his hip removed to make a roof for his mouth, and, after years of practice, has learnt to keep his tongue inside.

 “ The Girl Who Did Not Like Her Name” (by Elif Safak)- is an amazing adventure that takes children through the land of adventures and fairy tales.

This is the tale of a creative, clever and curious girl from Istanbul who is full of brilliant ideas and projects. She has one problem, though. She hates her name.

At school she is regularly ridiculed and bullied by her classmates, all because of her rather unusual name.

Why have her parents named her after a ridiculous plant? Why not Rose or Violet or Daisy?

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She is a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women’s rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED Global speaker, each time receiving a standing ovation. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better. She has judged numerous literary prizes and is chairing the Wellcome Prize 2019.

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