Wonder by R.J.Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”

For years August Pullman, Auggie to his family and friends, has been protected by a loving family; home schooled by his mother, loved passionately by his father and fiercely protected by his older sister. However, things are about to change, as he prepares for mainstream school for the first time.  As a kid with craniofacial abnormalities, he hears all the awful names kids (and adults) can come up with. He sees all the horrified looks and witnesses firsthand the “games” kids play. This warm, uplifting story had me laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes and Auggie’s inimitable strength shining through, this truly is a wonderful book. As one reviewer on Good Reads recommends: this book is “pretty much for anyone with a beating heart”, well said Wendy Darling.