Fifth grade is not an easy age for any kid, but it’s even tougher for a kid who so visibly doesn’t fit in on his first day of school ever. When Auggie was little he could get away with wearing an astronaut helmet, but these days he just has to endure the gasps, stares and rude remarks from both kids and their parents.
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, is told first from Auggie’s point of view, and then from the points of view of several of the other characters. Getting inside everyone’s head lets us see that while life is without a doubt super hard for Auggie, it’s not easy for anyone. Some scars are just more visible than others.
This story of bullying - and its extreme opposite - was a New Your Times #1 bestseller. I found it slow to start, as the author set the stage for what was to come. But the multiple viewpoints later on vividly show how much it can cost you to befriend an outcast. And just how much you can gain.
Wonder is a wonder! This book is suggested for ages 8 and up.