Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Wonder(ful) Book

R.J. Palacio
Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 2012)
Ages 8 and up

Contributor: Blingin' My Game

Wonder caught my eye by the cover, which shows a boy with a truly unusual face. When I started reading the book, I absolutely loved it!!! The story is about a boy named August Pullman who was born with a deformed face and has been home schooled his whole life. By the time he reaches fifth grade, his mother decides that it’s time to go to a private school. 

August faces lots of challenges and has some good and bad moments. When his middle school principle, Mr. Tushman, introduces him to his new school, August isn’t sure that he wants to be there, knowing that the students and teachers will stare at his one-of-a-kind face every day where it can't be hidden. He has to deal with the whispering, laughing, staring and pointing at him as he walks by in the halls. He goes to sleep every night, thinking about having to go through it all over again the next day. Through it all, his sister Olivia and his mom and dad don’t want him to give up going to school, so he has to dig deep to keep going. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that after readers get done with this book it will make them think about how they treat others they meet and if they have treated them in the right way.

I would recommend this book to anyone from 5th grade to as old as you can read. A wonderful book that I find very inspirational, especially for anyone that has had to deal with life’s challenges. It teaches people that everyone is different in their own special way, and everyone should be treated the same even if they look different. 

Happy Reading!!


Barbara O'Connor said...

Great review. Definitely captures the essence of the book. I thought it was WONDERful, too.

Charlotte Morganti said...

Thanks for the great review! The sentence about August thinking every night in bed about facing the school again the next day tells me how much the little boy suffers. Good analysis of what readers will learn about life by reading the book!

Anonymous said...

thank you for the comments--- Blingin' my game

Michael G-G said...

LOVE! Wept copiously while reading (WONDER, that is; not your review.)