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Wonder by R. J. Palacio - 10/10


August is going into grade five, and for the first time in his life will be attending a mainstream school. Having been born with a facial difference, August is used to the stares and the comments other kids make about his appearance. Nobody seems to get that August is just a normal kid. Join Auggie through his first year at school, as he learns how cruel, but also how kind, middle schoolers can be.


AGE RANGE INTERMEDIATE

Interest Level: ages 11+

Reading Level: ages 10+


THEMES

Bullying

School

Middle School

Homeschooled


OVERALL RATING 10/10

Important story, sympathetic storytelling, feels real

Told through six different perspectives, Wonder does an expert job of portraying an important, relateable story. Each character's narratives feels authentic, written in their unique voice, and the dialogue feels so true to a modern middle school. Palacio's storytelling is so understanding towards every character - everyone, even the worst bully, has a reason for what they are doing and can be sympathised with. I would highly reccomend this book to readers of all ages as I feel it represents not just August's unique experience, but childhood in general, so well.

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