Have you ever felt out of place, awkward or socially inept? Meet August Pullman, the new kid in middle school with severe facial deformities. You will cry, laugh and cheer for this unique protagonist that wins his classmates over with his kind heart and gentle appeal.
“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” August Pullman, “Auggie”, is a normal ten year old except for his shocking appearance. He is home-schooled up until the 5th grade due to his many surgeries to improve the way he appears to others. This enchanting book traces the challenges he encounters at his new private school located in Manhattan. Auggie’s attitude and outlook on life demonstrates to readers the importance of looking beyond the surface, how someone looks on the outside, and appreciate each person’s inner beauty.
Wonder begins in the first person from Auggie’s point of view, and then switches to the perspective of his sister and several other classmates. Each character’s section starts off with a unique quote from famous people such as Natalie Merchant, David Bowie, and Shakespeare, to name a few.
Last, but certainly not least, be sure to read the appendix listing Mr. Brown’s Precepts. This portion of the book shares helpful advice, quoted from very wise sources. A powerful ending for this highly successful novel.
In this day and time where schools are stressing the importance of anti-bullying, this novel aides in teaching compassion. Notably, Wonder has inspired Random House to create an anti-bullying website called Chose Kind that enables users to make an online pledge against bullying.
Suited for grade levels 3-7 but appealing to all ages. Wonder is a New York Times Bestseller and on the Bluebonnet Book Award list and Texas Lone Star Reading List. For more information on the book, author, and an educational guide, visit the author’s website at www.rjpalacio.com.