27. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Leslie

Wonder by R.J. Palacio, 315 pages, read by Leslie, on 06/09/2013

Wonder

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

You start out by understanding why Auggie’s parents kept him at home, to applauding his decision to immerse himself in a place that he knows will probably not end well, to cheering him on as he slowly gets those around him to look beyond the surface to the person beneath.  This is a book I would recommend to all my students, especially the ones who tend not to be so empathetic to others.

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