Book View: Wonder

Book View: WonderWonder by R. J. Palacio
Published by Random House LLC on 2012
Pages: 315
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I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face.

WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

short Wonder is one of those books that I knew I would kick myself for not reading sooner. I meant to read it during the school year, while all my students were singing its praises and the middle school in our district was even reading it as a 1 book, 1 school project. Yet, I didn’t. I read it right after school ended. I would highly suggest keeping a tissue box nearby. There are some amazing moments in this book and the book is from several points of view, giving insight into how Auggie, his older sister, and a few other characters felt throughout the book’s events. I cannot imagine what it would feel like to be as brave as Auggie as he attends middle school, makes friends, is stared at constantly and even is bullied. It’s an amazing story about a supportive family, a wonderful yet strange looking boy, and the friends that make him feel like he is more than just a weird face to look at.

Verdict:

A book you won’t want to miss, tissues necessary.

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3 responses to “Book View: Wonder

  1. Karen

    If you haven’t seen it yet, “Julian’s Chapter” is a companion that was released a couple months ago. It tells Julian’s side of the story. It REALLY brings a depth to the whole tale. It is WELL worth the price for the download from Amazon!

  2. Okay, I really need to read this. I’ve had it in the back of my mind to do so for a while and just don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet! But you said such great things about it, I’ll need to check it out!

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