This is a story of a boy who believes that…

“the only reason I’m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way.”

Auggie was born with a severe facial deformity. He has been home schooled for all of his life, protecting from the outside world. But Auggie’s world is about to change in a big way.  His parents decide it is time for him to start school.

Starting middle school is hard enough, but when you know you look so different that it causes people to gasp in surprise when they see you, well, that’s another whole level of tough.  Of course Auggie gets teased and bullied, but good things happen too, and that’s the best part of this novel.

Wonder was on a required reading list this summer which usually means kids read it because they HAD to. Not this time. Kids have been coming in since this summer requesting the book because they’ve heard how good it was.  Even better? Many of the parents I have spoken to said they also read it and enjoyed it as much as their kids did.  How great is that?  It’s no surprise why this book has charmed children and adults alike.  This book will leave you cheering for Auggie and for all of his classmates who are able to see the “ordinary boy.”

Wonder by R.J. Palacio