Review: Wonder, R.J. Palacio

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Wonder  is the tremendously moving story of young Auggie, who was born with a rare syndrome resulting in a severe facial disfigurement. Throughout his life he is ignored, avoided, laughed at, called names and physically bullied. All this sounds very bleak, but Auggie and his family are so delightful, and there are individual acts of
kindness that ultimately make Wonder an uplifting, hopeful and important book.

Publisher: RHCP Digita, March 2012

Reviewer: Tracy Hanson

Never before has “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” being so true. Wonder follows August (Auggie) and his journey coping with facial abnormalities. He has accepted that it is his face and he can’t change it, but now has to accept that he lives in a world that has never seen a face like this. Up to 5th grade he was home- schooled but now his parents want him to go to “proper” school. It is great to read how Auggie and his classmates learn to accept what they can’t change and also how it shows that not all children are heartless and cruel towards someone who is different from them. There are moments in the book which will make you cry, laugh and, yes, cheer. It was interesting to read the journey from both Auggies and other people’s point of view. It is a well-written and interesting book. Will definitely appeal to readers coping with “differences” and maybe show that not everyone judges people by their looks.

 

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