Mary Habich, Dominic Bullock, and Beth Canale. Bullock, along with Dustin Harrington, who was absent when the announcement was made, will have their
Mary Habich, Dominic Bullock, and Beth Canale. Bullock, along with Dustin Harrington, who was absent when the announcement was made, will have their precepts included in R.J. Palacio’s upcoming book. (Derek Carson)

BENNINGTON -- Two Mount Anthony Union Middle School students were selected from a pool of thousands of entrants to have their precepts including in author R.J. Palacio's upcoming work, "365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts."

Dominic Bullock and Dustin Harrington are two of only about 75 children whose precepts, general rules intended to regulate behavior or thought, were chosen to make the final book, and received a letter from Palacio, and will receive a signed copy of the book upon publication in September, as well as being credited in the book itself.

Earlier this year, MAUMS received 50 copies of Palacio's book "Wonder" from the Vermont Humanities Council. The book is about a middle school student named Auggie, who suffers from a genetic disorder that makes him look different than the other children. Teachers Mary Habich and Beth Canale held a "Wonder" kickoff party, where they distributed the books out to over 45 community members. Each book is equipped with a bar code that, when scanned, logs the town the reader is from, allowing the teachers to display how far the books have reached.

The students were notified of their achievement at an assembly on Wednesday morning.

Palacio is a New York City-based author, graphic designer, and mother of two, according to her website. "Wonder," published in 2012, was her first book.

"Thank you so much for being part of this book," wrote Palacio in her letter to the students, "Thousands of precepts were entered by children all over the world, and only about 75 were selected for inclusion in the book, so that's quite an accomplishment!"

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