You should never judge a book by its cover, or a boy by his face. This lesson we learn in RJ Palacio's debut Middle Grade novel: WONDER.
From the publisher: August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
WONDER deftly explores the highest and lowest forms of human behavior in a way that is accessible to both younger (MG) audiences and older (ME!) ones. Be sure to have tissue nearby - it's not a question of whether you'll need it, but how much of it you'll need. Don't despair - not all tears are an evil. Though there are moments of great heart-break, at its core, WONDER is a celebration of kindness. Told from alternating points of view, you will come away with a well rounded picture of the wonder that is life with main character Auggie Pullman. Enjoy with all your heart!