Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Weekly Reads: Wonder

I have been wanting to read Wonder for quite some time, but I made it a book club selection for my reading group at work, so I had to waaaaaaaaait until it was time to read it. Well, it was finally time to read it. And I devoured it. Every kid at my library has either read it as a read aloud in school, or wants to read it, and that makes me so so happy..... The book has such a great message of acceptance and strength, so important for anyone at any age to learn and be reminded of.

I loved that the book was told from dual perspectives that helped you understand August even more in depth. I just loved most everything.

My rating: 5 stars

Summary from goodreads:

You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - 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?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

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