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Every time I see the trailer for Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, I get teary so I don’t know how I’m going to make it through the movie — which opens today, by the way.

I’m in the middle of the book, and it’s a must-read.

Written in first person, it’s the story of ten-year-old August Pullman, who was born with a facial difference. He’s been home-schooled up until now but his parents believe it’s time for him to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep with everyone else.

You can only imagine the inner strength this requires.

I fell in love with Auggie from the beginning and I’m rooting for him all the way. He’s funny, smart, and real. I’m ready to punch anyone who isn’t nice to him.

I already have a crush on his English teacher, Mr. Browne, who teaches his students, “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” The hashtag for the movie is a resounding — and very timely — #ChooseKindness


So you can prepare yourself for the movie, I’m giving away copies of the book to four lucky Midlife at the Oasis readers.

For a chance to win, you must be a subscriber to my weekly newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber, first sign up in the right sidebar of this page. Then, simply leave a comment below.

For a second chance to win, tweet this:

Contest ends on November 22 at midnight Pacific time. Winner will be notified by return email. Prizes can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.

Even if you don’t read the book or see the movie, please #ChooseKindness


  1. I’m happy to say, I already subscribe to your weekly email. Having a brother in law who is developmentally disabled, I’ve seen some of the strength his life requires. I’d love to read this book.

  2. Fran Pillersdorf says:

    Loved the movie!
    Woyld like to read

  3. Hi Lois – hope that you are doing well! I had the pleasure of meeting you on the Charleston Walking Food Tour last month – I’ve enjoyed your newsletter & website ever since.
    For me, when I see Wonder’s trailer, it reinforces the courage, bravery, strength and sense of humor that this amazing young man possesses. And reminds me that my so-called challenges are nothing compared to Auggie’s. I’m right behind you with punch #2 for anyone that doesn’t choose kindness when they meet Auggie! Would be thrilled to read the book!

  4. Oh I cannot wait to see the movie and read the book!! I’m on a mission to #choosekindness 🙂 thank you for the wonderful reminders!

  5. My daughter is taking her 5th grade daughter to see the movie today. Was just thinking I’d like to read the book, since I’m sure my granddaughter has. We’re getting to the point where we have read some of the same books! Hope I win!

  6. Susan Bailey says:

    Such a beautiful story, would love to read
    the Wonder book! Thanks!

  7. I’ve been reading about this book. It sounds wonderful!

  8. Melissa Lawler says:

    The trailer for the movie has me captivated. I can’t wait to read the book.

  9. sue schmieg says:

    I am a current subscriber but as a parent of 3 special needs kids, I would love to read this book. I haven’t heard of this book before now.

  10. Sharyn Bard Buksbaum says:

    The trailer makes me cry – but my daughter wants me to see the movie

  11. I’m with you on the trailer for this movie. It makes me teary, so I’m thinking I’ll need to pack plenty of tissues if I see it at the theater. Now I just have to decide if I want to read the book first. Wait, of course it do.

  12. Sure would love to win this book, and can’t wait to see the movie!

  13. My daughter loved this book and is going on a field trip to see the movie on Monday. Such a great giveaway!

  14. I can’t wait to see this movie. I want to get this book for my boys, so much good in here!

  15. Meryl Seibert says:

    Id love to win. I cant wait to see the movie .

  16. I can’t wait to see this movie. Miss you my friend! xoxo

  17. Lois Van Dahm says:

    Dear Wonder Woman, Thank-you for encouraging everyone to see WONDER.I have chosen kindness because I have been treated with utmost kindness all my life.The world needs more Mr.Brownes and Augusts. “Everyone is beautiful in their own way” Perhaps we will not see Wonder in our local theater but it will be at the top of our Netflix request.

  18. Tweeted! I can’t wait to read this book!

  19. I want to read this after seeing 20/20 last night. They had the author on it and a family with a son with Treacher Collings syndrome. It was a wonderful story. She said and they said it was like she wrote their story. I really wanted to see the movie before…now I want to see it even more!

  20. I am excited to see this film!

  21. I’m borrowing the library copy of Wonder to read aloud to my 6th graders, they LOVE it, even though many have previously read it!

  22. Christina O says:

    I just saw this mivie and cried the entite time.

  23. Jennifer Huelsebusch says:

    I have heard such great things about this movie! Would love to read the book and share with my niece.

  24. ROBYN TALBOTT says:

    You know me and touching, tear-inducing books!! Would love to have a copy to enjoy during the holidays.


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