{New Feature} Caroline and the Case of the Middle Grade Book Feels

{New Feature} Caroline and the Case of the Middle Grade Book FeelsWonder by R.J. Palacio
Published by Knopf on February 14th 2012
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Health, Middle Grade, Social Issues
Pages: 320

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.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?R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

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A couple of months ago my ten-year-old niece Caroline came to me and asked if she could post book reviews on my blog. She’s an avid reader and really passionate about books she loves, and as you can guess I got a little emotional when she expressed interest in being a part of my blog! I think I may have concerned her a little bit with my enthusiasm but I managed to settle myself down long enough to talk to her about what book she would like to review and also teach her in the basics of reviewing books.

I’m proud to say that she’s a fast learner and before I knew it she turned in this sweet and thoughtful review of one of her very favorite books of all time…Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Caroline and I had so much fun putting this post together for you, that we’ve decided to make it a recurring feature on What Sarah Read. I grabbed a bunch of Middle Grade ARCs for her at BEA and every once in a while you’ll see her adorable face pop up on the blog with a brand new review. So without further ado…my amazing niece and I bring you…



Wonder is about a boy named Auggie. He has been homeschooled his whole life but his parents decide for him to go a regular school. It’s already scary, but for Auggie it’s even harder. He was born with a birth defect on his face. Like the book says…

“My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

What I liked about the book was the author split ‘Wonder’ into little sections of the book and each section had a different character talk about what happened. I liked this for two reasons. The first is you can hear all the character’s feelings. My second is if you’re reading the book for fun and you reach a new section, you feel like you made progress. I will warn you though some people are not a fan of the story repeating. What I mean is, if one character in the story explains how he felt, the other will explain the exact same thing in his point of view. I still recommend you read this because if you put up with the repetitions then you will enjoy this book.

The part that stood out to me was on pg 76. The author did such a good job that I wanted to cry. Even though it was sad I still think it was my favorite part. Basically the main character, Auggie, is getting bad mouthed behind his back this usually doesn’t matter, but when he realizes who’s doing the talking, it makes everything 100 times worse.

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I mean, I know I’m her Aunt but I think Miss Caroline’s review of ‘Wonder’ is pretty Fabulous! For the next review we decided to work on a conclusion section so stay tuned. Be sure to let Caroline know what you thought of her review in the comments below!


21 comments for “{New Feature} Caroline and the Case of the Middle Grade Book Feels

  1. Lindsay

    Great job Caroline! I love how you talked about how the book made you feel! (Also you are super cute & I love your dress!)

    1. Sarah

      The book does make you feel so many emotions, hope you feel the same emotions when you read it.

      1. Sarah

        That last comment was from Caroline!

  2. Great review! 😀 Have been wanting to pick up this book for a long time!

    1. Sarah

      Get it soon, it’s a great book!

      1. Sarah

        PS – that comment was from Caroline!

  3. This is so sweet! A great review, I’m excited to read more from you. And how cute is that dress?

  4. Great job, Caroline! Keep up the good work and stick to it!

  5. THIS IS SO CUTE. Great review, Caroline! I’ve had Wonder on my list for ages, and I never knew what it was about – I didn’t realize it was a dual, repeated narrative and it sounds so cool. Thanks for your review, and looking forward to more from you!

  6. andiabcs

    Great job Caroline! Welcome to our world of books. You seem like a pro already. 🙂

  7. This review was so cute, I loved it! I haven’t read Wonder yet, but this really made me want to. Have you gotten her a copy of Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead? I read it recently, and it was great.

  8. Fantastic Caroline! You might have convinced me to finally pick this one up!

  9. Lovely review! I think it is so great that your niece can be involved as well! My grandmother reads a bazillion books a year, maybe I need to get her to write for my blog sometime!

  10. Amanda

    Awesome Review! I loved Wonder! I have the companion book that has all of Mr. Brown’s Precepts which I loved! I can’t wait to hear about more books. 😀

    1. Sarah

      My teacher loves giving life lessons so she read a new precept from the book each day. My favorite precept was the wisest person is the one who can smile on the worst day.

      1. Sarah

        PS – that comment was from Caroline herself!

  11. Great review, Caroline! It’s obvious how much you enjoyed the book. I haven’t read Wonder yet but it’s been on my TBR for quite a while. It sounds like it’s going to make me cry, though!

  12. Awesome review! Keep up the good work

  13. Great review, Caroline! I didn’t know the book was structured that way, and now I’m curious to read it.

  14. Great review Caroline and great job Sarah at getting her involved! My stepson started doing reviews on my blog when he was about 9 or 10. He doesn’t seem to want to participate as much anymore now that he’s a teenager and I miss that fun. I’m so glad that Caroline has the chance to be a part of this wonderful community. Welcome Caroline! I look forward to hearing from you again soon!

  15. […] still long enough to write a review. I got a lot of wonderful comments from readers when I shared her review of Wonder and I’ve been eager to get her back on the blog for another […]

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