Wonder by R.J. Palacio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: February 14th, 2012
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 9+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Family, School, Friendship
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?
My former high school librarian recommended this book to me when it came out. I should have read it then. Always trust a librarian.
This is an impossible book to dislike. It’s so full of human emotions – kindness, love, courage, determination, fear – and so full of beautiful messages.
August Pullman is a wonderful boy. Not retarded. He functions normally and is pretty smart. But he is facially deformed, which makes it psychologically challenging for him to go out, let alone attend school.
But his mom thinks it’s time for him to stop being homeschooled. At school, he makes friends who help him feel like he belongs and enemies who remind him that he will never be a normal kid. Auggie wishes to show people that there is more to him than his appearance, but not everyone is receptive.
Told from various point of views in a very truthful and heartfelt manner, this story celebrates differences and proves that the human being is more good than bad.