Sunday, 27 August 2017

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

 Considering all the build up to this book from a variety of sources, I was underwhelmed.

August Pullman has always been the outsider, the kid that everyone points at and whispers about.  He was born with a combination of rare genetic defects that have left him physically deformed.

He has  been home schooled, until his parents decide it would be in his best interests to send him to grade 5.  To say  it was a difficult transition would be an under-statement, but Auggie sticks with it and makes friends.

Young readers will find this an interesting and helpful story.  It is written at a level they can understand and relate to.  The message I took from the book is to be kinder than you have to be.

Visit the website of author R. J. Palacio to learn more about Auggie and his world.

Cover image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada.

After finishing this novel I highly recommend Ugly by Robert Hoge (the younger reader edition).  It is the true life story of a boy who was born with severe facial and limb deformations and how he struggled yet continued to thrive against numerous odds.


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