Release Date: November 17, 2017  |  Feature Film  |  Lionsgate

Based on the bestselling book, the film tells story of Auggie Pullman, a boy with "facial differences" who enters the fifth grade at a mainstream elementary school after being home schooled for most of his life.

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 “Parents need to know that Wonder is based on R.J. Palacio’s award-winning novel of the same name. It tells the uplifting story of Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a young boy with a facial deformity who enters public school for the first time in fifth grade. His parents (Julia RobertsOwen Wilson) and the director of his new school (Mandy Patinkin) try to ease his transition, but Auggie just wants to convince his new classmates that he’s an average kid. With depictions of bullying as well as emotional moments involving Auggie’s beloved dog, this movie might be too intense for younger kids, but it looks age-appropriate for tweens and teens and may even encourage them to pick up the book.” — Common Sense Media
When to watch: In theaters November 17
Take action: October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Leading up to the film’s release, craft campaigns that leverage the film’s message about anti-bullying and acceptance of others’ differences. Need ideas?
  • Suggest your book club to add the book to their rotation, watch the film as a group, then discuss ways to #ChooseKind in your own community.
  • Ask your school’s Parent Teacher Association to sponsor a #ShareWonder screening in your community. To develop a plan to improve your local school’s learning environment for all students, make bullying prevention a priority, teach bystanders to respond and equip upstanders with tools to diffuse hostile situations.
  • Commit to watching the film with families in your neighborhood, then organize a post-screening block party and canvas your community with “Welcome Your Neighbor” signs.
We can help you implement any of the above ideas and more. Get in touch with us for free technical assistance. Whatever you decide to do, during the film’s opening weekend, why not evaluate and summarize your activities’ impact in a letter — to your elected officials or your hometown newspaper’s editor — that draws parallels between the film and the effects the activities at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have on your community?
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