Book Review: Wonder

February 26, 2014

Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
From Miss Melia at Main Library

Auggie is a boy. He has a facial deformity. He has been homeschooled—until now. Now, his parents think he is ready to enter the world by attending a public school. But Auggie doesn’t think he is ready.

Auggie begins fifth grade in a real school, and even though a part of him wants to go to school, he wishes he was like everyone else. His appearance is something he is used to, his family is used to, and his friends are used to—but not everyone else. It’s hard enough for a normal kid to be the new kid at school, and Auggie is definitely not what most people would consider normal. The thought of being stared at petrifies him. Auggie is afraid he won’t make any friends and won’t be able to adjust. But he goes to real school anyway.

Despite growing up different, Auggie believes he is like everyone else on the inside and sets out to prove it. Contrary to what he believed, Auggie makes some friends right away. But he also faces many stares, rude remarks, and unfriendliness from his classmates. Even so, Auggie perseveres and finds out something about life and compassion, kindness, and who his true friends are.

Broken up into eight parts and told from several different character viewpoints, Wonder is a heart-warming story about a young boy’s journey in a world full of judgment and sometimes cruelness. This is definitely a good read!

Check out this book trailer found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgB7_KpBDss

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