I’ve read some rave reviews for Wonder by R.J. Palacio and many of my Twitter friends have been singing its praises as well. There’s even a hashtag devoted to Wonder #thewonderofwonder. R.J. Palacio’s book is a little young, but it deals with a universal topic that I’m sure my students at the high school level will enjoy. I really need to move Wonder up on my TBR list. If you’ve read it, what did you think? Is this trailer a good depiction/advertisement for the book?
Summary of Wonder (From Goodreads): I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
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?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.