I have seen Wonder by R.J. Palacio all over the place this school year.  I had it on hold at our local library, but was in the middle of another book, so I passed.  I was able to get it for the next go-round.  I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner.  If you haven’t read it, I insist that you put your name on the waitlist at your library!

Auggie is born with a facial deformity.  He has his family, and his friends that he has no since he was a baby.  Now, his parents have decided that it is time he starts “real school” in 5th grade.  Who wants to start a new school in 5th grade?  Who wants to start a new school in 5th grade and have facial deformities?  This book, these characters, all have something to say.  You never really know a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes.  I don’t think truer words were ever spoken.  Auggie, his sister, Via, her former best friend, Miranda, her boyfriend, Justin, Auggie’s new friends at school, Summer and Jack.  Each one makes you laugh and cry.  This book is  . . .  (I’m speechless).

I insisted that my daughter read it.  Usually, she fights me, but eventually reads the books I ask her to read.  I wanted her to read it while it was still fresh in my mind.  There are so many questions I want to ask her, so many discussions I want to have.  She’s about a quarter of the way through it, and is loving it.  I’m not sure she’ll cry like I did, but she is enjoying it.  One question I do have for her.  Is it better to be like Auggie – smart, regular 5th grade boy, who just happen to look VERY different.  Or is it better to not be aware of your differences?

“Shall we make a new rule of life . . . always try to be a little kinder than necessary.”

Happy Reading!

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