August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up
until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. He’s about to
enter fifth 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?
Wonder, now a #1 New
York Times bestseller, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon
switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others.
These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with
empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of
wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing
that shines with spare emotional power.
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