August Pullman was born with a facial difference that has kept him from attending a mainstream school. But now, starting the 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants to be treated as an ordinary kid. However, his classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. This book starts out from Auggie’s point of view but soon switches to include his classmates, sister, her boyfriend, and other people around him. The perspectives of all these people come together to portray a communities struggle with compassion, empathy and acceptance. You will come away with a greater appreciation for the the courage it takes to be a friend.



Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, February 2012: Wonder is a rare gem of a novel–beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, ordinary except for his jarring facial anomalies. Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience–something we learn about first-hand through the narratives of those who orbit his world. August’s internal dialogue and interactions with students and family ring true, and though remarkably courageous he comes across as a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself. “It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” From The Little Prince and R.J. Palacio’s remarkable novel, Wonder.–Seira Wilson

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