Monday, December 10, 2012

Wonder

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio is a beautiful story written with compassion and kindness about a boy born with a facial deformity that prevented him from attending a mainstream school until 5th grade! August Pullman wants nothing more than to be included and treated as an ordinary kid but his classmates struggle seeing past his looks. This book is written from August's perspective and the perspective of other characters as well. These various points of view reflect a true struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. Terrific opportunity for the 8-12 year old in a society dealing with so much bullying to meet a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself and to meet those in his life who are opening to allow him just that freedom. A well-written, engaging, book so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves!   -Aurora

ALSO TRY:
The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
One for the Murphy's by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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