"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio

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"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio

A Story of Kindness and Hope

wonderbookcoverWonder, by R.J. Palacio, is the story of August Pullman, a regular 10-year-old kid who loves Star Wars, playing video games, hanging out with his friends, and playing with his dog.

There's just one thing you should know about Auggie: he's had 27 surgeries on his face, and he still gets lots of stares. He's kind of used to it by now, but it still hurts. He was born with a severe craniofacial abnormality known as Treacher Collins syndrome. Because he's had to recover from so many surgeries, and because he doesn't look like other kids, Auggie's never been to school.
His mom and dad decide that he's ready to start fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and after some hesitation, August agrees that he's ready. Before school starts, he takes a tour of Beecher Prep, led by his classmates Julian, Charlotte and Jack. 

On the first day of school, August's sister, Via, tells him that all the other kids are nervous, too, and that he shouldn't worry so much. Imagine if it were your first day of school and you were the new kid, and you had all the kids (and even some teachers) staring at you because of the way you look? But August makes some friends, and ends up spending lots of time with Jack. One day, he overhears Jack say something very cruel about him, and decides he never wants to go to school again.

What would you do if you were August? Would you be brave, and go back to school day after day to face taunting and staring, or would you decide to stay home? What would you do if you were August's classmate? Would you make friends with him, or would you make fun of him?

To find out whether August goes back to school, what happens with August and Jack, and what happens with the rest of his classmates, check out this wonderful book!