Friday, 19 April 2013

Wonder - R.J Palacio

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?
WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

My Summary:
This book made me laugh and cry so much that I listened to it over and over again. It is the story of Auggie, a young boy who has a facial disfigurement, who has to face what many people who find themselves as 'different' have to face- "What is it to be normal?". The story follows him as he goes to a typical school and encounters for the first time the 'real' world away from his parent's control. It is scary, and inevitably he has to face the relentless wrath of questions and bullying. Will he get by in school where he can't wear fancy dress to escape his differences? 

This book has multiple engrossing narratives from the family and friends of Auggie which allows an amazing birds eye view of the plot. I found the thoughts and feelings of others affected by his disfigurement interesting, such as his sister who will tirelessly attempt to support her brother despite her own problems. Then there is Miranda, a family friend who would secretly love to have Auggie as her real brother. I really enjoyed this book, however it was slightly uncomfortable reading at times. 

I found it in audio format on 

Wonder cover- a bright red background with a boy in a space helmet which covers his face.
Four Stars!  

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