Series: Stand Alone
Published by Knopf
Published on February 14th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Middle Grade, Realistic FIction
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.
Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed. Why I love that line, that concept, is that it reminds me that we carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.
There was a boy whose name was August. He thought himself as ordinary, but his family thought him special. And I agree. He was born with a genetic anomaly that made him look unnatural. People are always shocked when they first see him. Some scream. Some run away. August is used to it, and he has learned to pretend that it doesn’t bother him.
When I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop reading it. I couldn’t put it down. The way the different perspectives in the book talks to you were so engaging. They express how they see August. One of my favorite perspectives was Via’s. There was a moment in her perspective that made me want to cry because she expressed how much she sees her brother as normal, but there was one time that she felt the opposite.
Some things that I love about the book :
- His family is an amazing support system. Anyone who walks in August’s shoes needs a strong family to back him up, and I loved that about his parents and his sister, Via.
- Mr. Tushman, the director of Beecher Prep, was key to August’s entry to school. He made sure that he felt welcome.
- His friends, Jack and Summer. Summer was so kind to him from the beginning, then eventually, they became really good friends. Jack stood up for him, even if he’s small.
The narrations in this book is very raw and heartwarming. I love the friendships that were built all throughout the book. This is a really good story for children of all ages, including my age and older. The author tackled how it feels like to be bullied, and how to deal with it. We learn how to empathize and sympathize, and it’s a great feeling to choose to be kinder.
It’s like people you see sometimes, and you can’t imagine what it would be like to be that person, whether it’s somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who can’t talk. Only, I know that I’m that person to other people, maybe to every single person in that whole auditorium. To me, though, I’m just me. An ordinary kid.
If you are on a reading slump and would like to try something awesome, then try this book. You won’t be disappointed!
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