WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio
Published by Knopf on February 14th 2012
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0375869026
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Loved it!!!I think this quote from the book sums up this book very well
“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world”

I would like to give this book a standing ovation. It is wonderfully written and full of messages about being kind. It is a children’s book but one that is loved by adults for it’s message.

Ten year old “Auggie” was born with a facial deformity and was home schooled until he begins school in the Fifth grade at his Mother’s gentle urging. Throughout the book we are told the shocking and cruel reactions people have to seeing Auggie’s face. It is understandable why Halloween is his favorite Holiday and why he wore the helmet for so long. It also shows how this effects him, his self esteem and how he views himself. It is no wonder that he is anxious about beginning school. This is a big change for him, but he is not the only one who encounters change when he begins school. WE see how both he and his peers adjust to him attending school. We see how children, like adults, can be both cruel and kind. I loved Auggie’s gentle strength, sense of humor and courage. Throughout this book, I rooted for Auggie but I also rooted for the other characters as well. One part that stood out for me was when his father told him that he loved his face. It was a beautiful conversation.

This book is told from various character’s POV. This really worked for me. I especially liked his sister’s POV chapters.


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