Sometimes there are those books that take you by surprise and touch you deeply. I first heard of Wonder thanks to my bookworm sister. She said this book would do just that. I was a little skeptical because it’s a children’s novel, but Wonder is a book that will stay with me for a long time. It will certainly be a book I read more than once.
Wonder is the story of August Pullman who was born with a rare facial deformity. Due to all the surgeries he’s had to undergo and emotional problems that have stemmed from this, his parents home-schooled him through the fourth grade. August finally goes to public school his fifth grade year and this is where the book takes off. Each chapter is from the perspective of someone in August’s life. The book takes you on August’s journey of what life is like for someone whom most people can’t stand to look at. It weaves a tale of true friendship, love and the all too typical saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Wonder will challenge you and leave you wanting to read it again even after you’ve just finished the last page.
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Did you like how the author told the story from different viewpoints in each chapter? Why or why not?
Auggie’s face is not fully described until quite far into the story. How close was this description to your own mental picture of Auggie? Did you have a picture of his face in your mind while reading the book?
All year the students learn Mr. Browne’s precepts (which is now a book by the same author, R.J. Palacio, called 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Precepts). Do you have your own that you try to live by? Which one was your favorite?
Who does your middle school self relate to in the book? Who does your adult self relate to in the book?
- Did you like the ending? Why or why not?