Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid….I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.”

So begins this fascinating book about a kid with a facial deformity so severe that he says: “I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

August Pullman’s deformity has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. He has been homeschooled until 5th grade. Now, his parents think it would be good for him to go to Beecher Prep School. They have talked to the principal and made arrangements for Auggie to meet with Mr. Tushman and some students from the school.

Being a new kid is hard for anyone! Try to imagine how hard it will be for Auggie!

The format of this book is that different characters tell their part of the story. It begins with Auggie and goes on to highlight his sister, and a number of students he meets at the school. Each person adds his or her perspective to the events happening at the time.

My granddaughter, Bethany, and I both thought this was a “wonderful” book! It made you think about how tough it is for some people in this world. Through no fault of anyone’s—Auggis must travel a really difficult road! But, when people made an effort to know the person behind the “face”, they discovered a delightful, smart, good friend! Highly recommend this book for girls and boys!

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