Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 9
Summary: “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all? Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
I love this book by R.J. Palacio. My sixth grade teacher read it to us and I read it twice on my own. This book is an easy read, but touches a topic that would be hard for young children to handle. The main character has a facial deformity and he is starting middle school after being home-schooled for all his previous school years. The main character is bullied and some kids may be upset by the horrible things other kids do to him. This book is a wonderful piece of literature that will make you laugh and cry. The main character is so easy to like and he is an all-around wonderful person. It is not hard for me to relate to the main character because without his deformity he is like every other kid. This book has a place on every bookshelf and I recommend it to everyone.