“I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.” Although August doesn’t look ordinary, he 9780375869020_thumbfeels ordinary on the inside and as he narrates how others react to his craniofacial anomaly, especially as he begins traditional school for the first time.

The first portion of the book is narrated by August; we then hear from other viewpoints, including his sister, friend and sister’s boyfriend. It’s refreshing to see the perspectives of several characters and when we return to August’s narration near the end, his maturation becomes clear in the way he speaks and relates his experiences.

R.J. Palacio‘s Wonder is both a page-turner and insightful.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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2 Responses to Wonder

  1. Supposed to be a great read.

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