Wonder Book Review

Wonder: Author R.J. Palacio, 2012  

Wonder is about a young boy called August. After being homeschooled for a number of year, his parents decide that it’s time for August to join a local school and make new friends. August is reluctant, but decides that he will try. August is a brave young boy, as unlike his peers, he was born with a severe facial disfigurement and others are often shocked when they see him.

Wonder takes us on a journey through the eyes of August, his family and friends. We read about their personal struggles and how they overcame them. Wonder is very moving, thought provoking and challenges us to think about our own actions.  

"I thought that Wonder was an amazing book! A definite read for young people to teach the importance of celebrating and recognising difference in a positive way.Frankie- Co-ordinator for the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme

“The way that the author draws from the experiences and unique perspectives of each character was really intriguing and showed how everyone has a story behind what they do. I found some of the young people’s stories really emotive which really resonated with me for personal reasons. I could not put this book down!” Paul – Training and Development Officer

“I think the book teaches us a lot. August, is not content with his facial problems, he is aware that people judge him by what they see and some people are scared of him. However, as we near the end of the book, we realise how changeable kids are, and this is good news for August and Jack (August’s friend). August finds acceptance with his problems and finally realises that it is not what is on the outside that counts. Jack remains August's friend throughout even though he goes through a lot, sacrificing all of his "friends" to be friends with someone that he actually likes. This shows that good will triumph and people are always eventually respected if people get to know them and see beyond their looks.

If you have a friend that is doing something wrong, tell them to stop. Don’t let them hurt another person.

It doesn't matter how you look or what people think of you, it is what you see in yourself. Don't judge a book by its cover. You can't blend in when you're born to stand out.” Theo – Anti-Bullying Youth Board Member

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