Author: R. J. Palacio
Genre: Young Adult/ Children’s fiction
Is this book part of a series? While it is technically a stand alone novel it has several companion pieces, I guess we could call them: Auggie and Me (Three Wonder Stories), 365 Days of Wonder, We’re All Wonders, and the choose kind journal that allows you to go through writing prompts geared toward helping the writer find ways to be kind every day. And, of coarse, there’s a movie in theatres now!
Published: February 14th, 2012.
Summary Courtesy of Goodreads:
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
So, I waffled about whether or not to read this book for years- literally. I have this hang up about reading what I consider children’s books…. I still do of coarse, but it takes longer for me to convince myself it’s okay. I am, after all, an adult. I feel like I should be reading larger books, or at the very least books with a more grueling vocabulary. The truth of the matter, though, is that there are a ton of books for young readers out there now that weren’t out when I was a kid- or I never knew about them. Why should I miss out just because I’m old?
Then, of course, there are books that should have no age restrictions. Books where the message is so necessary to everyday life and development that it ought to be required reading for all. Wonder is one of those books. Following Auggie through his days, and then the other narrators, I was quickly reminded how much just a little kindness and understanding can mean…. and how often it can be lacking these days. We live in a world of anger, bullying, hurt and hatred; and we need a bit of softness… a little kindness. I loved the characters so much. I cried for them, and celebrated accomplishments. This was just so beautifully written, I couldn’t put it down. I want to be more like Summer, who fist came up to Auggie out of kindness but was able to see him- the nice and funny kid that’s just awesome. I liked that she didn’t allow what other’s thought to sway her as to whom to hang out with- this is a big thing in middle school when peer pressure abounds and everyone wants to be accepted. She showed a kindness and loyalty that I admire. For me, this is a five star book plus one for creativity.
On the adult content scale, there is some very minor language and miniscule violence. It barely registers as a one really.
The book is has been out for ages. I want to get it for basically every kid I know and add the journal as well. Have you read it? What are your thoughts?
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