WONDER

by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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    • I read this book because my daughter was reading it for school. Not long into it, I realized I was reading a masterpiece, one of the finest books I had read of any kind for some time.One mark of a true classic is that it seems somehow like it always must have existed, in precisely the form that one encounters it. That's the way I felt while reading this -- it read so easily, almost inevitably, as though somehow the story arose from some universal shared unconscious.Wonder is the story of Auggie Pullman, who suffers from manibulofacial dysostosis, a rare condition of abnormality in the bone development of his face. The story begins with his family's efforts to finally shift him from home schooling to a real middle school, which to date he has been prevented from attending on account of his time spent recovering from various surgeries. The tale is told through various perspectives starting with Auggie's, who shares with us how he has had to become accustomed to the look of shock that comes over even kind people's faces when they first see him. The parents are naturally anxious about how he will be received by the other students, and wonder whether he will be able to experience true friendship.Wonder is a brisk, accessible read because it is presented in the form of the thoughts of the characters, with no extended, meandering narration to wade through. A couple of aspects struck me as making it an especially remarkable book.One is how the book doesn't dwell solely on Auggie's struggle alone. Of course Auggie has the roughest time of it. But it's of course also very rough for his parents for obvious reasons, and also on his sister, for the perhaps less obvious reason that she has had to receive less of her parents' attention than she otherwise would, due to Auggie's needs. She finds herself in the awkward situation of many of her own needs not being fully met, and feeling the reality of that, but also not feeling that she is entitled to resent it.Another aspect that makes this book a treasure is how much one can't help but love several of the characters. Auggie's drawn an unlucky hand in life, but he's also been dealt some advantages: he is a smart, capable student, and has a sharp sense of humor that delights those who bother to get to know him. He also is lucky for some of the remarkable people around him: his parents, his sister Via, the remarkable middle school director Mr. Tushman, his English teacher Mr. Browne, Via's friend Miranda who adores Auggie, and two wonderful friends from school, Summer and Jack Will. Jack Will in particular grabbed my heart - a boy of modest means amid more affluent classmates, who suffers socially for his friendship with Auggie. Sometimes the book seems to depict an almost unrealistically good world, in that the fortitude of so many brave, kind people overcomes the hostile social forces surrounding Auggie. Realistic or not, it's certainly a compelling world.Finally, the book is filled with moments of wonderful insight. Jack Will's mother is sacrificing enormously to send him to an expensive school, but the only thing that seems to truly trouble her is when she fears for a moment her children would be less than kind to someone else. Via helps Auggie to understand that, however great his challenge, he cannot live a truly fulfilling life until he realizes that other people too have problems that, if not as great as his, are nevertheless worth his compassion. Mr. Browne presents words to live by that are for the reader's benefit as much as Auggie's. And I so wish every school could have a Mr. Tushman as its head. He shrewdly understands the dynamics surrounding Auggie, and applies a subtle, yet powerful loving hand in helping Auggie triumph over adversity.Wonder is a book that, once read, will never leave your heart and memory.
    • I was looking for a good, clean story to listen to during a summer road trip, and I found this. I loved it so much I felt I had to write a review. Auggie's story is perfectly well-written, thoughtfully told, and so inspiring. Auggie, the fifth grader at the heart of the story, was born with a craniofacial deformity which stilts all his relationships and causes him no small amount of social stigma. Auggie will be attending school for the first time, and the book tells Aggie's story through his perspective and those of his friends and family as he triumphs over his middle school challenges. I came away more determined to see past the outward appearance and look more to the heart of those around me, to look out for those around me needing a helping hand, and to be a friend to all. #choosekind
    • Though this book was written targeting Junior High students, we adults, me a past teacher of fifth grade, could feel the many emotions demonstrated in this fine book. Our Readers Club is discussing this at our May monthly meeting and I know it will be good discussion. With all of the publicity about bullying, I would make this a "Must Read" in the classrooms of 5th and 6th graders. I believe that even the most extreme trouble maker would take a second look at himself. Extremely well done emphasizing family values, personal choices and the power of the human spirit.
    • My son is starting kindergarten this year and he's very nervous and excited about it. I had heard about this book and the premise behind it. I wanted a story to share with my son of another boy who is going to school for the first time. Someone with the same anxieties my son has. Someone who ultimately is thankful for their experience at school. Obviously August has a bit more of a challenge given his physical appearance. But the perseverance, the friendship, and the kindness had really shined in this book. It's stuck with my son. The morals this book touches on are solid ones that I hope stick with my son as he enters his school experience. I know he'll have feelings like August, but I hope what he learned from Jack will also stick with him should he see someone else in need of a friend too. It was a wonderful story. I heard there's a movie in the making as well. Looking forward to seeing it.
    • This book definitely has a powerful message about bullying, but it's just not a totally believable story. This young man has an imagination and thought process that is developed way beyond his young age. It sounds like a young woman trying to write from a young man's perspective. I'd recommend it to young readers but just didn't feel like it lived up to the hype. I actually thought the movie was better than the book (a rarity, in my experience).