Author: Raquel J. Palacio
Recommended Reading Age: Everyone
Level of difficulty: 2/5 Dictionaries
Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does everyday things – eating ice cream and playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other regular kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, he’s being sent to a real school for the first time – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
“Doctors have come from distant cities
Just to see me
Stand over my bed
Disbelieving what they’re seeing
They say I must be one of the wonders of god’s own creation
And as far as they can see they can offer no explanation”
~ Natalie Merchant, “Wonder”
Reasons for Recommendation
With the recent craze of social media, youngsters are highly focused on their facial features and have become more materialistic. The book gives insight into what is truly essential in this fast-developing World – to be grateful and accept ourselves as who we are. Hence, the book is an excellent lesson for all.
The book teaches us that we should never judge a book by its cover or a person by their face. There is always more to meet the eye. The book shall make you more appreciative of the things you have and resilient when hard times come. Wonder is one of the many books that has left a great impression on me while changing my attitude towards society. I strongly recommend you read it!
The book has its own movie! Here’s its trailer!
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