// November 10th, 2012 // Book Reviews

Title: Wonder

Author: R. J. Palacio


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

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity 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 New York Times bestseller, 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.

In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My Review:

Wonder is a book about a kid named August Pullman who has a face deformation. He is going to start Middle School, but this is the first time he is going to school because he has been home schooled. He endures a lot of shunning and bullying. Two kids befriend him early in the year, and later in the year more and more kids become friends with him. The book is about August’s life in Middle School.

I really like Wonder. It is unique in a lot of ways. One of the ways it is unique is that for one part of the eight parts of the story, the character who was narrating it has bad grammar, so the book has bad grammar. Another unique thing is that each part is told by a different character, and each part has a ton of little chapters. Each character has a different personality. What I thought the most unique thing in the book was was that there was a bunch of quotes from different characters in the back of the book. The quotes are precepts which August’s English teacher told them to write. Precepts are motives, things that inspire you.Those quotes inspired me. I printed one of them out and taped it on my binder because I liked it so much. The quote was: “I think that we should all have a standing ovation once in our lives because we all overcometh the world.”
My favorite character is Via. She is August’s older sister. She is a very good sister. She protects August and cares more about him than herself. That, I think, is super kind and super sister-like.

I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars. I recommend it for people who like to read realistic fiction.

2 Responses to “Wonder”

  1. Jennifer Malone says:

    I am reading this book to my twins’ first grade class and they especially love the farting nurse and Auggie’s Halloween costume. We just started the section that Via narrates (but I’ve read to the end and agree with your ten out of ten rating!) Have you read “Out Of My Mind”? If you like Wonder, I bet you’d like it!

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