Auggie Pullman was born with a severe facial deformity and has always been homeschooled, because of all the surgeries and medical problems that have come along. This year, Auggie and his parents have decided it’s time to give school, with actual teachers and students, a try. Despite Auggie’s fear of how people will see him, he heads into school and succeeds in the most
Wonder chronicles Auggie’s entire first year at school, from the point of view of several different characters. The reader is able to hear from several of Auggie’s classmates, his sister, his sister’s boyfriend, and others, including Auggie himself. The chapters are short and the writing is both uplifting and totally inspiring.
Friends, this book is amazing. One that every single one of you reading this blog must get a copy of right away. It’s one of the most honest, powerful books I’ve ever read, while still being completely enjoyable. I laughed, cried, and got angry…all of the emotions I believe the author wanted us to feel.
Auggie is a character that will stick with you for a long time. I know I’m still thinking about him.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio; $15.99; Random House Children’s Books; Ages 10+