by P.J. Palacio
Summary: Due to a genetic disorder, Auggie was born with extreme facial anomalies. Even after 27 surgeries, his face continues to gain him cruel nicknames throughout the neighborhood like "Freak" and "Freddy Krueger." After a life of homeschooling, Auggie is going to attend a private school. And all he is hoping for is to be treated like a normal kid.
Thoughts: Wonder is my favorite book of 2012. Told mainly through Auggie's words and interspersed with viewpoints from other characters, this novel is an unforgettable story of acceptance, tolerance, and love. It will make you laugh out loud one minute and cry the next. Auggie is an incredible character - brave and kind, a kid you can't help but cheer for! He and his loving family show that true beauty comes from courage, strength, and kindness and that the ugliness on the inside is far worse than any "abnormalties" on the outside. A thoughtful, uplifting book for readers of all ages.
Read Wonder if:
- you have ever been the new kid
- you have ever felt like you don't fit in
- you like realistic books with strong, memorable characters
- you enjoy stories that make you want to stand up and cheer!