Monday, April 2, 2012

Would you mind being friends with someone who looked very different from you and your other buddies?  Meet August (called Auggie for short).  He has to attend school for the very first time and he's in the fifth grade.  Going to a new school would be scary enough, but he has a facial deformity that he knows will set him apart from his other peers.  This is a great book to learn about the courage it takes to be different. 

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

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.  (

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