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Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Genre: Children’s literature, Fiction.

Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ

Synopsis: My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse……

Review: August Pullman is a ten year old boy. He’s as average as every other ten year old kid you have ever known. He plays Xbox, eats ice cream, rides his bicycle and plays ball. The only difference between him and other kids?

He was born with Treacher Collins syndrome. A syndrome that leads to a deformity in the facial and head muscles.

August (or Auggie as he is affectionately known), has always been homeschooled by his devoted mother, Isabel, but this new school year he’s going into his first ever big school. He’s going to High School. In his dad’s eyes, It’s “feeding a lamb to the slaughter” but Auggie must discover life for himself and he has to face this new experience.

It’s frightening and uncomfortable because people are mean after all, but maybe he’ll find a place to fit in, overcome his self-conscious view of himself and finally at long last, really live. 

I would recommend the novel to all ages, from children and teenagers, to adults. It’s sure to pull at your heart strings and force you to think twice about any difference either you or someone else has. The novel makes you aware and seeks to get you to think more deeply about the feelings and emotions of people with a disability. If you enjoyed or enjoy reading Wonder, I would recommend Once by Morris Gleitzman.

You can read this now as an eBook on BorrowBox or order a physical copy of this title by requesting it online from your local library and make an appointment to visit your local library and collect it when we notify you it has arrived.

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