Author: R.J. Palacio
“Like a lamb to the slaughter”: Something that you say about someone who goes somewhere calmly, not knowing that something unpleasant is going to happen to them.”
Wonder is the story of August Pullman. Entering fifth grade is scary. Entering fifth grade after years of being homeschooled is even scarier. But entering fifth grade after years of being homeschooled because you were born looking differently from others is the scariest. In this story, we are taken through Auggie’s first year at school. Throughout, we learn why Auggie looks the way he does. We learn the struggles of his daily life, along with his sisters & her boyfriends, and even a couple of his new friends at school.
What I enjoyed most about the book was that it did not hold back. It showed the inner ugliness of some people in this world, but it did not fail to show the complete and utter kindness of others too. Auggie is my favorite character in this book for so many reasons. The fact that he is loving, understanding, resilient, and absolutely hysterical are only just a few. This book made me laugh, made me cry and at times, made my blood boil.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this story. While this book is certainly geared towards late elementary, middle school, and high schoolers..do not count out YA or adults. It can teach everyone a lesson on being kind because lets face it; you do not only have to be young to be taught kindness.