I love this book! Marcus and I read it together last year and it was a perfect read for his 5th grade year. It was heart-warming, insightful and an excellent story for a discussion on how people sometimes treat others based on their appearances.
Wonder, is R.J Palacio’s debut novel. What a gifted writer! Wonder is the fictional story of a 10-year old boy named August (Auggie) who was born with a facial deformity that really stands out. Up until his 5th grade year, he has been homeschooled. For his 5th grade year, his parents decide to enroll him in a private school called Beecher Prep. This story follows Auggie through his first experience going to school, how his classmates treat him, who accepts him, who does not, and how Auggie sees himself.
My favorite part of this book is how Palacio wrote, not only from Auggie’s point of view, but also from several other character’s point of views, including his sister, his sister’s boyfriend, and two of Auggie’s classmates.
We read this book as an e-book on my Nook, but we recently purchased the hard cover which was a special edition that includes the follow up e-book entitled The Julian Chapter, which covers the point of view, for the first time, of Julian, who was a bully to Auggie in school. The Julian Chapter was excellent.
I highly recommend this book, especially as a read-aloud with children ages 8-12.