Wonder – R.J. Palacio

wonder August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented   him from going to a  mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start  5th  grade at Beecher  Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you   know how hard that  can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid,   with an  extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates  that  he’s  just like them, despite appearances?

We all probably remember starting at a new school and walking into a situation that left us vulnerable. Would we make friends right away or would we be forced to eat lunch alone? For 10 year old August Pullman it’s an even bigger experience. He is about to attend a real school for the first time. Auggie has a rare facial deformity that, after more than 20 surgeries, has left him with a face like no other. And all he wants is to be looked at and treated like a normal kid.

“I wont describe what I look
like. Whatever you’re
thinking, its probably worse” – August Pullman
I absolutely loved this book, I never wanted to put it down. Most of the story is told from Auggie’s point of view, but as the story progresses we hear the perspective of some of the other characters. In a society with bullying being such an epidemic this story can teach all of us compassion and acceptance. Auggie is just a simple boy with an amazing heart and an even more amazing personality. You just can’t help but fall in love with his spirit and his ability to help people look past his face. In an inspirational story of how one boy can change an entire school I found myself laughing one minute and brought to tears the next.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Great for ages 8 and up, kids and adults will enjoy this. IMG_6133 (2)


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