Review ~ Wonder by R.J. Palacio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t read many middle grade books and really didn’t know what to expect with this one. I got it on special through Audible and the blurb sounded good for the price, so I bought it. That said, I’m so happy I gave this book a shot.
Written in really short chapters from multiple point of views, Wonder truly touched my heart and soul. It’s one of those stories with a message, a profound message. Just look at the quote below.
“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”
Can you imagine going to school for the first time in the 5th grade? Middle School? Middle school is tough for kids that look like everyone else, imagine how it would be for someone that looks different?
How this boy deals with middle school is amazing. He has a true and forgiving heart, a wonderful but real family, and people that love him to the end of the earth.
I think this book should be a required read for all middle schoolers. It’s a lesson that can be used in every aspect of life, not just for mean kids.
I recommend this book for those that love great characters, uplifting and heartbreaking moments, life lessons, amazing quotes, and middle grade stories.
“‘Shall we make a new rule of life … always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?’ … What a marvelous line, isn’t it? Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed … what I want you, my students, to take away from your middle-school experience is the knowledge that, in the future you make for yourselves, anything is possible. If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary — the world really will be a better place.”
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.