Book Review: Wonder

Book Review: WonderWonder
by R.J. Palacio
on February 14th 2012
Pages: 316
Published by Knopf
Genres: Young Readers

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

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.

My Takeaway 

“You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.” R.J. Palacio

Wonder is one of those books that stays with you long after you’ve read it. It is one of my favorite books. I recommend it wholeheartedly to both children and adults, and feel it should be a required book for middle school students. Although parts of the story are upsetting (and made me cry) it also filled my heart with empathy, compassion and hope. I read this book in 2015, but since the movie will be out later this year (slated for November 2017), I re-posted my review. Wonder should definitely be on your to-read list. If you have young children, read it together and talk about it. The book has many amazing and teachable moments. Also, it is part of the Wonder series.

A few quotes I like from the book:

“Your deeds are your monuments.”

“If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, wherever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary—the world really would be a better place.”

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