Friday, July 27, 2012


Starting a new school isn't easy for anyone, but it is especially hard for August Pullman.  He says that whatever you imagine his face to look like, it's probably ten times worse in real life.  That's because August was born with a facial deformity which has kept him homeschooled for his whole life.  His parents have decided, though, that its time to put August out into the real world and see how he does.  August faces some bullying, but he also faces the wonder of friends who stand by his side in the faces of unkind people.

Told from the points of view of August, his sister, and other characters in the book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio will leave everyone pledging to "choose kind" and accept people for who they are.  August is more than his deformity.  He is a Star Wars loving, smart-alecky, fun kid who teaches a whole school how to choose kind.  Recommended for kids in 4th grade and up.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This book is not just for kids. I would recommend it to any adult! In fact, this world would be a much better place to live if we could all "choose kind". I read it with my ten year old daughter and it has really helped us open up dialogue about who we are and how we are not defined by our looks, but our actions. But make sure you read the additional "Julian Chapter" because it is crucial to the story! Reminding us all that we are also not defined by our mistakes...But how we choose to learn from them and correct them! Do yourselves a favor and read this story with your kids.