Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio

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Accept people for their differences.

Meet August Pullman, a normal ten year old boy. He’s normal, except for his face. He was born with an extreme disfigurement, a condition that had passed through his entire family, but it’s only noticeable in him. Even after having 27 surgeries in 10 years, which is more than most people will have in their lifetime, he looks nowhere near “normal.” In public, when others see him, they do what he describes as “that look away thing”, if they can hide their shock and horror at all. Because of this, he was unable to go to mainstream school. Until now. He has to face what he hoped he would never have to. Middle school.

August is used to the stares and cruel comments, but he still wished he didn’t have to go, and that he could always be home schooled. But his family manages to persuade him to at least try. Bullying and betrayal make the year difficult. But by the time this amazing story is over, August, and everyone around him has changed.

Aside from receiving 5 stars from various groups such as The Guardian, The New York Times praises the 2012 novel Wonder for it’s amazing structure, inspirational message, and representation of real issues like bullying, exclusion, and xenophobia. 

 

 

Editing: William H., Emma N., Natalie W., & Ryan W. 

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