Sometimes you come across a book that hits your heart so hard, you have no choice but to cry. Not because it's sad, but because it's so true and honest. And real. Cry and then spread the word.
Released in 2012, WONDER was a New York Times best seller, and a "best of 2012" for School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly.
Have you read WONDER by R.J. Palacio yet?
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?
Told from the perspective of Auggie, his sister Via, his friends Summer and Jack, and Via's friends Justin and Miranda, WONDER takes place over Auggie's first year in "real" school--5th grade for him. It's more than a book about a boy convincing his classmates he's just like them. It's a book about how one boy's life touches all of the lives around him.
You should read it. You'll laugh and you'll cry. And then you'll tell everyone you know that they should read it.
Can you tell I loved it?
The totally cool thing was that my 10-year-old read it immediately after me. And the day she finished it, we talked about it with a friend of hers who had also read it. So much fun to have a conversation about a poignant book with some smart fourth graders.