Book Review: Wonder
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.
This was such a beautiful book, and it actually gave me hope for the human race. Middle school is rough for just about every teenager, but having to start somewhere new with a major facial deformity just adds to the pressure and stress for little August Pullman. Though his school year starts out with some bumps, his classmates eventually learn throughout the year that they should never judge a book by its cover, and that a little acceptance goes a long way. I was choked up reading a few sections of this book; at some points sad for August, and at other points, so proud of him. This is definitely a book I would recommend.