Don’t Miss! Wonder by P.J. Palacio

Wonder. By P.J. Palacio. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 315 pages. $15.99

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives” says Auggie Pullman (p.231). Ten-year old Auggie certainly deserves one! Born with a facial abnormality and persevering through more than twenty surgeries, Auggie has endured more than his share of stares and comments. Enrolling at Beecher Prep, Auggie embarks on middle school after being homeschooled. Coping with being the new kid, trying to make friends, and the logistics of the lunchroom are daunting enough, but when school bullying boils over to the community it challenges Auggie, his family, and his friends in a way they never imagined. Told though numerous points of view, readers learn how Auggie impacts those in his world, encouraging empathy and compassion. Fans of Cynthia Lord’s Rules and Nora Baskin’s Anything But Typical will find much to relate to in Auggie’s story. Teachers will find many opportunities for rich and rewarding classroom discussions. Suitable for readers in 4th to 8th grades.

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