Published by Knopf on February 14th 2012
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Health, Middle Grade, Social Issues
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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.
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.
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!