Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

by R. J. Palacio

Source: Given to me by my cousin, in a pile of other books

Genre: Young adult, Middle grade, Fiction, Contemporary

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

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?

I absolutely fell in love with Auggie! Such a sweet, endearing child character...

Born with a facial deformity, Auggie knows he's different. At 11 years old, he's going to school with other kids for the first time, and it is a big deal. Up until this point, he's been homeschooled by his mom, and has only had limited contact with other children (his two best friends, his sister, and her two best friends).

So many changes all at once for Auggie... Everyone knew Auggie would face challenges and teasing at his new school, and they tried to make the transition as easy as possible. The principle set up a meet-and-greet, before the school term began, for Auggie to meet some of the kids who would be in his grade. They were to show him around the school and generally be his first contacts. One of the boys turns out to be a bully, while another boy sticks up for Auggie and becomes his new best friend.

Auggie does endure some teasing and stares, but eventually he starts making friends and people start to get used to his appearance, and everything is going well, until *good boy* betrays him.

This is a great story for anybody, but should absolutely be required reading for middle school-aged children. It could be such a great teaching tool to show children the effects their words can have on others. Dealing with adversity, overcoming fears, bullying, coming-of-age are some of the issues touched on in this book. Highly recommended! But be sure to have your tissues ready...

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