Author: R.J. Palacio
Synopsis: “August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. [The book] begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.”
Why I can’t live without this book: I mean, here’s the thing: every reader over the age of eighteen needs to return to children’s literature every now and then. We need to be reminded of goodness and kindness, compassion and wonder. We need to be reminded that good wins out over evil, every single time. This particular book not only brought me back to that place, but it made me want to embed these characteristics into my life and my boys’ lives, too (so much so that I can’t wait to read this with them someday). You’ll fall in love with August, and you’ll be left going, yes, yes, yes: the world really is GOOD. And don’t we just need that every so often?
(One of my) favorite quotes: “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” Um, yes. Wouldn’t you agree?
So, Wonder: have you read it? Did it change you and help you to see good in this world? Otherwise, what childhood book strikes wonder in your SOUL?
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