Genre: Realistic fiction
A 2013 ALA Notable Children’s Book (Middle Readers)
I was excited to read this book as it has gotten so much praise and good buzz, and I had it highly recommended by several trusted sources (thanks Michaela and Christina!) It did not disappoint.
Wonder is the story of Augustus, a fifth grader who enters school for the first time. Auggie was born with a severe facial deformity and has previously been home schooled due to ongoing medical issues. The story is told from several different points of view as Auggie completes his first year of school and covers the challenges and triumphs he encounters. Auggie’s story is one of friendship, loyalty, bullying, honesty, compassion, kindness, and courage in so many forms. I cried at the beginning, middle and end. I highly recommend it, for both adults and students – it would probably appeal most to students in grades 5-8. It is a bit long so would be best suited to strong readers in grades 5 and 6. This is also the first book I’ve reviewed that I believe would make an excellent addition to your curriculum as a major novel. It abounds with teachable moments and themes. It was one of the first books I reviewed that made me want to seek out more information about the author’s inspiration. Continue reading