Do you remember being a 10 year old kid? Aside from those future actors and cheerleaders among us, really we just wanted to fit in, didn’t we? We didn’t have to be the most popular, the best athlete, the best anything really…we simply wanted to be liked and accepted for who we were.
Now imagine you’re Auggie Pullman, a ten year old boy who was born with severe facial deformities. You’re bright, funny, and loving…”ordinary” on the inside, yet not ordinary to the rest of the world. You have been homeschooled so that you could recover from the 27 surgeries it has taken to get you to the point where you can eat and breathe on your own, but that still get stares, questions, and sometimes even horrified gasps when you walk down the street. Now imagine you’re starting a new school, your first ‘real’ school experience, and the courage that it takes to walk down those halls on your own.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that Wonder is one of those books that will change your life. It will make you cry happy AND sad tears. It will teach you about love and it will make you think deeply about bullying, inner-beauty, courage, acceptance, friendship, loyalty, and character. It is written at a middle school level, but we should all read this book. We will all be better for it, that I can assure you.
I’m going to do my best to get this book in as many hands as possible at my school, watch out GPS! I’ve found one I’m passionate about!