Wonder (Book 1)

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Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a sparsely written tale about acceptance and self-esteem.

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  • Ugly Is As Ugly Does

    4 out of 5

    Written by , Posted on at 9:09:27 PM

    This novel about a little boy born with an unfortunate genetic disorder grips you with its frank outlook and the realism of its fictitious characters. August's deformity affects his sister, himself and fellow alumni. Middle school children can be cruel and all the political correctness doesn't change that. The author convincingly lays out how some kids can be kind and others mean spirited, in spite of their better natures. The “voices” in the novel are limned with persuasive color. You can easily hear how these people think about themselves and August and the effect he has on their lives. August is so powerfully written, he seems almost to be a real person. He knows what he looks like and how it causes people to react. He sees how people look at him sideways while pretending not to stare. His responses are dead-on; there isn't a wrong note anywhere about him. While the character of Mr. Tushman is a tad too saintly, it doesn't detract from the tender toughness of this story. It's a different kind of preteen novel about an ordinary boy handling extraordinary circumstances.