When Sarah Galvin, co-owner of The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid, N.Y., heard about the October 1 shootings in Las Vegas, she knew she wanted to do something to counter the tragedy by sending out a message of hope and kindness.
For Galvin, R.J. Palacio’s novel Wonder, about a fifth-grade boy born with a facial deformity, which delivers a powerful statement about the importance of tolerance and acceptance, embodies that message. Last week, Galvin set up an instore display of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder and began donating a copy of the book to every customer. She plans to continue to give away the books through the end of the month.
“I chose Wonder,” Galvin said, “because I distinctly remember finishing the book and thinking ‘this world would be a better place if everyone read Wonder.’ I am a firm believer we can make this world a better place with small acts of kindness.”
“The response has been overwhelming,” Galvin said. “People are blown away that we are just giving away the book and reminding them to #choosekind. In fact we had a doctor pick up a copy, and he was moved to tears.”
Galvin also received a donation of her own: 25 copies of Wonder from Doug Greenhut at the Book Company, which sells promotional books and journals, to help with the giveaway.