{Wonder: R.J. Palacio}Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on February 14, 2012
Genres: Childrens, Junior High, Middle School, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

“Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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{My thoughts} – First of all I have to admit to watching the movie before reading the book. It was one of those I’m really curious how they managed a movie given the context of the book. I have to admit both the book and the movie is brilliant.

This book is about a little boy named August that was born with a facial deformity. Despite it he is a regular boy that enjoys doing things that regular boys his age enjoy doing. He’s a sweet boy with a positive attitude given his circumstances.

August is about to go through one of the biggest changes in his life. He’s about to start middle school at a real school. Up until this point in his life his mom has always home schooled him. He’s never been inside a real school aside from when his family went to school functions for his sister.

He’s scared that no one will like him and that he’ll be made fun of by the other children in his class as well as the entire school. He has a very logical fear.

It turns out not to be as bad as he’d thought at first. However, he does go through some rough spots throughout a majority of the book. The end result is for the reader to decide.

I really enjoyed this book. It shows that even though you may be different that you can still do and accomplish all the same things that other kids your age are doing and more if you really really put your mind to it.

{Quotes I Enjoyed} –
{01} – ” I think when people die, their souls go to heaven but just for a little while. Like that’s where they see their old friends and stuff, and kind of catch up on old times. But then I actually think the souls start thinking about their lives on Earth, like if they were good or bad or whatever. And then they get born again as brand-new babies in the world.”

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.