Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I read Wonder with my 6th grade daughter, and we both loved it!  We looked forward to reading it each day and were kind of sad when we finished it.  In this novel, Palacio tells the story of a year in the life of August Pullman, a 10-year-old boy.  August is an "ordinary" kid in every way except for one...he was born with a facial deformity.  Thus far, his parents have homeschooled him, but this year he is enrolling in middle school.

Palacio tells August's story from the perspectives of various people in his life.  Some chapters are told by August himself while other chapters are told by his older sister Via, his friend Jack, etc.  While you might think changing speakers would make the story confusing, it doesn't.  Instead, it allows us to more fully understand how difficult being "different" is, not only for the the person who is "different" but also for his family members and friends.

In this day and age of bullying awareness, I whole heartedly recommend this book to students in the upper elementary grades! This is one of those books that has the potential to open up your mind and heart and make you a better person.

By Mrs. Norton

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