August ‘Auggie’ Pullman is not an ordinary ten-year-old. While he is into most things ten-year-olds enjoy, Auggie looks visibly different. Due to some weird interaction between his parents’ genes, Auggie was born with ‘mandibulofacial dysostosis’ which involves facial defects. He lives in upper Manhattan with his parents and his older sister, Olivia. Auggie has been homeschooled all these years due to enduring multiple surgeries. However, he is about to start fifth-grade at a new school – Beecher Prep. And quite naturally, Auggie is petrified.
People always react when they see Auggie. Sometimes in fear, sometimes, in embarrassment. Auggie is mostly used to this even though he doesn’t like it. However, kids can be quite cruel and Auggie is not sure what to expect with starting school even though his dad is worried it’s like sending a lamb to be slaughtered.
Auggie meets some of his classmates before the start of the school year. But once he officially starts school, things turn out to be quite predictable in some ways and yet, different in others.
Wonder is a heart-warming tale of friendship, acceptance and kindness. It’s beautifully written from the points of view of Auggie, Olivia, Summer, Jack and Justin. It covers the entire school year and Auggie’s trials and tribulations through this year. The characters are well-drawn and Auggie is adorable. So too are his family, his dog, Daisy and his friends Summer and Jack. There are moments in the book that make you laugh, others that make you cry and several that touch you right to your very core. In fact, I cried on the train while reading this book.
I cannot speak highly enough about this book. Palacio makes you care for all the main characters. You don’t feel sympathetic towards Auggie which I think it an amazing feat given his facial defects. Rather, you empathise with his trials. She makes you dislike one or two characters for good reason but honestly manages to make you empathise with the rest.
If you have children, you must read this with/to them. If you have teenagers, recommend this book to them. If you are an adult, read this. It will help everyone choose kindness.
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