Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Wonder by R J Palacio
Auggie was born with Treacher-Collins Syndrome, which makes his face look very different from most people's. He has been home-schooled up to this point, but now he's starting fifth grade at a private school and he has to deal with everything that goes with it: teasing and taunting, as well as making friends, and all the difficulties inherent in that.
The reader is treated to different points of view, including members of Auggie's family and some of the other people he interacts with at school.
While this is a book for young readers, it is an excellent read for anyone, of any age. Wonder celebrates differences and similarities, and shows that everyone has their challenges in life, but some are more visible than others.
If you enjoy Wonder and want to read more, R J Palacio wrote two companion books: 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts (which is a reference to one of Auggie's favorite teachers in Wonder), and The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story (which gives the perspective of a character who didn't get his own chapters in Wonder).