Wonder by R. J. Palacio
How to describe this book… It’s a book aimed at a middle grade audience based around the life of August, a boy with a deformed face. The book is much more character based than plot based but mostly it is about how August stops being home schooled and goes to school for fifth grade. Throughout the book there are different parts with each part narrated by a different character in the story. We start with August, and then are narrated by his family, friends, etc.. The chapters are also really short (sometimes just a few pages) which makes it really fast and easy to read.
We like to treat people who look different as different but we are continually reminded just how normal August is. He likes Star Wars and playing with his dog. He’s funny and smart and ultimately just your average boy. In his own words “the only reason I’m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way.”
I don’t think I’m doing a very good job at selling this book but really, it was just so good. It’s an easy read (since it is aimed at middle-schoolers) but also has substance and heart. I loved the characters and how wonderfully three dimensional they were. Seriously, find it, read it, love it.
Here is the amazon link :Wonder on Amazon