If you’re haven’t read this book yet, you absolutely need to. It is absolutely incredible. It doesn’t matter if you’re eight, or you’re eighteen, this book has benefits for everyone and anyone. A New York Times’ best seller, by R.J. Palacio. This book has gotten many awards and recognitions. The Wall Street Journal says, “A beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making of quiet transformation.” I couldn’t describe it better!
Our main character, August Pullman (Auggie for short), was born with a face that causes kids to scream, and flee to their parents in terror. Can you imagine? His eyes are below where they should be, slant downwards, his eyelids sag, and one is lower than the other. His nose is large, he has no cheekbones, and a waxy appearance. Some people think he was in a fire, but no. Although his facial differences scare other kids, below all of the uncommon looks of his face, lies a normal and lonely kid.
Auggie has been homeschooled all of his life, not having the need or want to go to school. According to Auggie, the less people who see his face, the better. After a while, his mom can’t teach him the things he needs to know, for he is entering middle school. He finally agrees. You have to admire Auggie for his bravery.
Auggie has many adventures at his new school of Beecher Prep, meeting a girl named Summer, and a boy named Jack. Two of the few people who can see through his face, right to his heart. They see Auggie as a kid, a normal kid, which is what Auggie has always wanted. They experience risky and scary moments and adventures. You will never be bored.
Although this is not a true story, the author stated that she had seen a boy who looked like Auggie. That means that there are kids out there like him! Kids that are dying for friends to see through their appearance, and notice their heart. This book changes characters narrating the story, showing you how other kids view Auggie. This book can inspire any kid to express kindness to everyone. Its overall a great read, a 10/10! I recommend this book for any kid, and hope you will buy this book.
Author: R.J. Palacio
Reviewer: Palm-Tree Princess
Reviewer’s Age: 13
Suggested Age Range: All Ages
You can find the book version here: Wonder
You can find the Kindle version here: Wonder