30 April 2012
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Auggie is a boy who's been homeschooled for a his whole life, and he's entering a real school for the first time this year. He and his family are understandibly nervous, since Auggie was born with major facial deformities.
That's the basic setting of Wonder, a book that hits all the right emotional notes while remaining realistic about the cruelty and kindness of young children and the adults that surround them. It's a book that has a message while also having a good, coherent, and worthwhile story.
If I have any complaint, it's that it ties itself together a little too easily and maybe shouldn't have, but considering the age group this is geared toward, I can let that slide. Definitely something everyone should read.
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