Wonder – R.J. Palacio

wonderSo I cried two times while reading this wonderful children’s book, once because I was sad and once because I was happy. This is truly a wonder of a book — for all ages.  August Pullman was born with a facial deformity.  He’s never been to school. That changes as he enters fifth grade at Beecher Prep.  Auggie wants to be treated normally, but that’s impossible given his looks.  Most kids avoid him, a few are outright mean, one or two are friendly. But, during the year, Auggie makes a place for himself because he’s smart, funny and kind.  The book provides excellent social commentary on the nature of kindness and acceptance.  It’s told primarily from Auggie’s point of view, but we do get other perspectives.  His sister, for example, loves him, but it’s hard for her, too.  She’s been overlooked by their parents and is embarrassed to be seen with him.  Through it all, Auggie’s courage shines strong.  If you ever worried about where to sit in the cafeteria this book is for you.  If you haven’t, read it anyway, because it’s that good!

4 thoughts on “Wonder – R.J. Palacio

    1. Budget some time because once you start it’s hard to stop. I read it in two sittings. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Although it’s a children’s book it was just wonderful. A book for all ages.


  1. Hi Caroline. Wonder is categorized as juvenile fiction which technically means grades 3-5 or kids 8-to-10 years old. It’s probably better suited for kids at the older range of that spectrum, unless the younger kids are stellar readers. However, I would recommend it for anyone of any age beyond the third grade. I enjoyed it very, very much even as an adult. In fact, if it was up to me, I’d make it required reading in school. Not only is it an enjoyable read, but the lessons imparted on kindness and friendship are truly inspirational.


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