November 7, 2015
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Young Readers - Fiction
Finished on March 30, 2015
Rating: 5/5 (Excellent!)
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength... He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
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?
This children's novel has received a lot of praise and has earned numerous awards (far too many to list!). I agree with all the glowing reviews and believe readers of all ages will find it just as special as I did. Yes, as with many children's books, there is a message, but it's delivered in such a way that it doesn't feel heavy handed or cloyingly sweet. I liked the alternating points-of-view and am anxious to read Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, which explores more of Auggie's life through the eyes of his friends.
Go here to read the author's interview on NPR.
Wonder is a treasure! My heartstrings were tugged, but I also laughed out loud on more than one occasion. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy for yourself, and pick up an extra copy for your children or grandchildren. This one's a keeper.