Great to be part of the One Book, One Tuam reading drive this week. Schoolchildren, parents and other locals, young and old, from (what some claim to be) the smallest city in the world, have all been reading a book chosen by Tuam librarians.

Now in its eighth year, the annual project boosts literacy, builds community and celebrates the sheer fun of reading, discussing and sharing a story.

This year’s choice is Wonder by RJ Palacio, the brilliant story of ten year-old August Pullman who starts school with a facial deformity that’s worse than ‘the worst thing you can think of.’

Just in time too: the film comes out next week, which could discourage some from bothering with the book – a BIG mistake. It’s funny, sad, disquieting, kind, touching without being soppy and hugely uplifting.

Thanks to Tuam librarians and the children of Mercy Primary, St Patrick’s and Presentation schools for the chance to champion together the wonder of stories,  reading and writing.