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White Bird

By: R. J. Palacio
Narrated by: Hillary Huber,Emily Ellet,Michael Crouch,Full Cast,Graham Halstead,Lauren Ezzo,Sean Patrick Hopkins,Robert Fass,Tristan Morris,Adam Alexi-Malle,P.J. Ochlan,Karissa Vacker,Elizabeth Knowelden,Lisa Flanagan
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Publisher's summary

Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon, Wonder, R. J. Palacio presents an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

In R. J. Palacio's best-selling collection of stories, Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, audiences were introduced to Julian's grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio presents Grandmère's heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.

Sara's harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, "It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything." With poignant symbolism that brings Sara's story out of the past and cements it firmly in this moment in history, White Bird is sure to captivate anyone who was moved by the book Wonder or the blockbuster movie adaptation and its message.

This full-cast audio adaptation of White Bird transforms the graphic novel into a truly original audio performance.

This audiobook includes a PDF of the Glossary, Suggested Reading List, Organizations and Resources, and Bibliography.

Audio Narrators:

Grandmère, read by Hillary Huber

Sara Blum, read by Emily Ellet

Julian and Paul, read by Robbie Daymond

Sara Blum, read by Emily Ellet

Maquisard and Monsieur Lafleur, read by Graham Halstead

Mademoiselle Petitjean, read by Lauren Ezzo

Jean Paul, read by Sean Patrick Hopkins

Max, Jerome, and Rabbi Bernstein, read by Robert Fass

Julien, read by Michael Crouch

Nazi Soldier, read by Tristan Morris

Pastor Luc, read by Adam Alexi-Malle

Vincent and a Nazi Soldier, read by P. J. Ochlan

Marianne and Ruth, read by Karissa Vacker

Rose, Sophie, and Madame Lafleur, read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Vivienne and Rabbi Bernstein's Wife, read by Lisa Flanagan

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 R. J. Palacio (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic reviews

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner

"A must-read graphic novel that is both heart-rending and beautifully hopeful." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

"At once expressive and chaste, an elusive but ideal combination." (New York Times)

“Extraordinarily powerful.... White Bird does not shrink from depicting the terror and violence of the Nazi occupation for younger readers, and respects the ability of those readers to handle strong material.” (Forbes

 “Sure to be popular among fans of Wonder and educators who want to connect past to present.” (School Library Journal

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Quick and captivating listen.


I enjoyed listening to this beautiful story in one afternoon. I recommend listening to The White Bird.

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A sad but beautiful

This story is fictional based on the Holocaust. This story depicts very real feelings and happening of people of the time. Very well told. The voice actors did great and read along graphic novel.

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Never Forget

An important story based on a time in history we should never forget. Children will connect and empathize as they learn that kindness & speaking up for others is imperative.

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Beautiful story told

Wonderfully told and enjoyed the audible version. A sort of bed time story to enjoy.

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Beautiful

The story, beautiful the details . I’m only 10 and I appreciate this book beautiful book ❤️

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Wonderfull

I loved this book so much it was one of my favorites I even read it on one day but the end kind of pulled me off I believe
that there shouldn't be political opinions in a children's book other then that its a WONDERFUL book indeed

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This is a heartwarming and heartbreaking book

I loved this book, I think it is a good story for mature 12 year olds to any older age. It has a great important story, even though it’s fiction. This book is truly a way to make sure we never forget what happened.

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AMAZING

This book… ok wow it’s amazing! It has a incredible presentation. The different actors/actresses speaking made it easy to fall into your device and into the world that R. J. Palacio created and that they acted out. It also made it easy to be mad when it was finished and want to read all the other books and then be mad when they were finished and hunt around for more sequels and books by R. J. Palacio. AMAZING!!!!!!

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Good story!!

I can hardly wait to read this with my 5th graders. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see the movie when it comes out!!

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Loved it makes you remember that in the darkness there is light

Love this book love that the author wrote this cause my children and my childrens kids can read this book and have a glimpse of the pain and the hurt that Jewish ppl suffered and I’m a mixed woman who grew up not knowing that there were racism until I had faced it my self and to have hate for color religion or sexuality is wrong it shouldn’t even exist but I know it will we need the children that come after we are long gone to try to end that hate we are all in this together for as long as it my be and we don’t stand alone cause we are many please stop and remember of our families past let’s it’s now and no matter what we go thur in this world I know there are so many that will stand with thank for writing this book so we never forget no matter what race religion or sexuality we are hate doesn’t stop until we stop it

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