Wonder by R.J. Palacio
August Pullman was born with a genetic facial deformation and has had to have over two dozen operations by the age of 10. August (often called Auggie) was homeschooled for years by his mother but in 5th grade his parents decided they wanted him to experience the larger world and hangout with more kids. So, they enrolled him in Beecher Prep Middle-school, Manhattan. Auggie was devastated at first, he’d never been to school before and he was scared of what the other kids would think of him.
After getting a tour of the school by Jack, Julian and Charlotte, who were students at the school, Auggie started to feel more comfortable and relaxed about starting there in September. However, when the semester (term) began, Auggie found school was not nearly as enjoyable as he thought. Bombarded by secret glances at his appearance, whispers about him behind his back (yet sometimes still audible) and a constant stigma about interaction with him, Auggie is soon sad and lonely.
AGE RATING: 9+
TEEN RATING: 4.8/5
TEEN OVERVIEW: An emotional, heartwarming, sometimes sad story, Wonder shows the good that kindness does. This is definitely a must read for any type of reader, no matter their age.