I assigned this book to my 6th grade students as their winter reading. However, I did this without actually reading the book first. This was a HUGE moI assigned this book to my 6th grade students as their winter reading. However, I did this without actually reading the book first. This was a HUGE move on my part (and not the smartest), but all the reviews were excellent and the last book they read was a total flop, so I figured I couldn't wrong. And, I didn't.
I read this book in one day--I couldn't put it down. I also have had several students email me, saying that they have already finished it, too (and they are not "readers").
This book is golden. It deals with many issues that young children are faced with. Some of my favorite topics that I look forward to discussing with my students are bullying, self-acceptance, peer influence, and friendship. Obviously, if you've heard anything about this book, you know that bullying presents itself many times and in many ways. I like that RJ presented bullying on different levels, because sometimes students don't see the "smaller" acts as being bullying. Nor do students see the snowball affect their actions may have. So quickly, someone can go from name calling to physically hurting someone. This is something that needs to be brought to students’ attention.
This book is written from many viewpoints. Of course, Auggie's POV is seen the most throughout the novel, but his sister, Via, had my favorite "part." I liked the real and mature emotions that Via brought to the book. Auggie's emotions were real, no doubt, but since he is only 10 years old, there were a lot of serious things that went above his head. Via, being in high school, saw and understood more things that Auggie. She also, tactfully, talked about the negative side of having Auggie as a brother. By seeing Via feel overlooked and not always happy with her family's situation was so authentic AND was written beautifully.
I could go on and on about this book, but, since I should be grading semester finals, read it yourself over Winter vacation. It's a quick read that will stick with you long after you finish. ...more
Great character development for the first book of series. The reader really feels like they know the characters, but there is still much to be revealeGreat character development for the first book of series. The reader really feels like they know the characters, but there is still much to be revealed in (at least I hope...) the other books.
Every page of this book was exciting and really pulled the reader along. I love the connect to myths and legends. I will be teaching it to my 6th grade students this quarter and I cannot wait! There are so many layers to this book. A must read. ...more
Be productive and read this book. Then go and see the movie so that you can say, "In the book..." throughout the entire film. But really, the book isBe productive and read this book. Then go and see the movie so that you can say, "In the book..." throughout the entire film. But really, the book is fantastic with solid characters and the movie is exciting (although different). I'm already starting the sequel! It's a great escape from reality. ...more