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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
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Mar 05, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: tween-books
Read from March 05 to May 04, 2012

I feel this is such an important book to get into the hands of children. Auggie is born with severe facial abnormalities, and multiple surgeries have helped, but he will never look "normal." He has been homeschooled for most of his life, but his parents decide to send him to a private middle school for 5th grade. Auggie experiences a lot - trying to blend in when he knows he stands out because of how he looks, trying to make friends, dealing with his own feelings about how he looks, and figuring out who his true friends are. I love how the book is divided into parts, and different characters narrate, so you get a full sense of everyone in Auggie's life is affected by knowing him. The theme of acceptance, tolerance, and kindness runs throughout this book, but I never felt the author was banging me over the head with it. THAT is why I feel kids will respond to this, and it would be great if parents read this with their kids. All in all, awesome book!!

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