Description from Goodreads:
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?
Wonder is one of those “quiet books,” as I call them, that will stick with me for a long time. It’s a good story, all by itself, but what clenched it for me was the POV shifts, especially the ones that seemed unexpected at first, like Via’s boyfriend. It gave everything a big picture feel.
Most of the book is through Auggie’s eyes and he’s a great kid – smart, funny, and a little bit dorky with his Star Wars love. At times, he could be whiny and immature, but that just made him even more realistic to me. He’s at that age I can still remember, when you start to realize you’re not a little kid anymore. I think the principal sums it up well with these lines:
“…this particular age that you are right now, this particular moment in your lives that, even after twenty years of my being around students this age, still moves me. Because you’re at the cusp, kids. You’re at the edge between childhood and everything that comes after. You’re in transition.” –page 299
There were moments that made me choke up, most often because of his family. His parents are fantastic and his sister is sweet. I really felt for her, because she seems so much older, but she’s only in her first year of high school and is going through the same uncertainty he is with a new place and new friends.
And while there were mean kids and a scary situation on a school trip, this was actually a feel-good book with a fairly simple message – be kind.
What’s the best book you read in September?