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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
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Mar 12, 12

bookshelves: acceptance, bullying, compassion, courage, determination, family, friendship, middle-grade, self-identity
Read from March 01 to 07, 2012

It is hard to put in words the impact of this amazing book by R.J. Palacio. August Pullman was born with a rare facial deformity and has been homeschooled while he underwent (and recovered from) many reconstructive surgeries. In many ways, Auggie is a "normal" kid who loves Star Wars, yet he is wise beyond his years. As he enters fifth-grade, his parents decide to send him to a small private school and his ensuing experiences provides the plot line for the book.

Auggie's story is told in many voices from his own to his sister's to his new friends. Using this device, we learn that each of the characters recognize their faults and come to terms with their own flaws. Readers can learn many lessons in acceptance, compassion, courage, determination, and kindness from Auggie Pullman and Wonder. It is a must-read and should be in all school libraries and upper grade classrooms.

I read this book right after finishing The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The similarity between these books is striking from the design of the book covers to the characters of Auggie and Gus. Both of these characters, like the universe (as John Green says), beg to be noticed. Depending on the source, the root of their names-August--means great, majestic, or venerated and Auggie and Gus certainly live up to their name.
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