Oh my goodness, you need to read this sweet book. You need to read it for yourself, you need to read it to your kids, you need to read it to your class if you have one. This book broke my heart, made me laugh, got me fired up, and, in the end, made me so happy.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is about a kid, August Pullman, who is born with a “facial difference” and has been homeschooled all his life. Until 5th grade rolls around and his parents think it’s time for him to go to school. Alternating between August’s point of view and those of his family, friends, and school mates, the reader learns about the ugly and beautiful parts of being born into a world that doesn’t understand you, a world that for the most part is disgusted by you.
August is such a brilliant character. He is going through normal everyday kid growing pains in addition to trying to get by unnoticed because of his looks. There is something in this book that every child can relate to. And every grown up for that matter. The lessons that the characters and the reader learns as the book progresses is beautiful. This book would be a great conversation starter for a bullying unit or a school-wide campaign about accepting differences. Or just teaching your kid at home about loving people.
I loved this book. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Have you read it? You need to. Go now.