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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
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Aug 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s, teen, bullying
Read in August, 2012

Auggie was born with major facial deformities. His eyes are lower than they should be, and his ears don't look like normal ears. He spent most of his childhood going through plastic surgery to try to look "normal." But, most people still struggle to look at him without shock and amazement. His mom has homeschooled Auggie for years, but his dad decides its time for him to attend public school. Auggie doesn't know what to think, and is terrified of how his classmates will react to him and his face. This is a unique book, focusing on how we teach each other, based solely on appearances. Alternating chapters give points of view from Auggie, his sister, his friends and various classmates. He struggles with his appearance, and the effect it has on those around him. But Auggie is a loveable, likeable kid, with a unique personality. There are great examples of the impact of bullying. I think the author is targeting an adult readership too, since there are lots of references to dated celebrities, i.e. Mr. T. This can be a great teaching book about kindness, for all ages, but definitely good for 4th-8th grades.
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