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Wonder Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. It is very special and has important messages. I always try to be kind but this book really made me think about how I can be kinder and that sometimes things we do that we don't think are unkind can make other people feel different. I really loved seeing the story form different points of view. Auggie is a boy with facial deformities- he has never been to school (because of all his surgeries) and this story is about him starting school. It is not just hos story- we get to see how other people feel, like his sister Via. I liked Summer' story best, probably because she is a bit like me. I liked that Auggie taught people to be better but other people like Summer made him better too. It sounds really soppy but it's not it is just very honest. You use up lot of emotions and i think I have now got even more empathy so it has made me a better person. #choosekindness I went to see the film too and that is ace too but the book is the best.
Auggie has not had the best start in life and this has lead to him being over protected by his parents, this book takes you on a journey as he starts middle school and all the issues he has to overcome to feel like a normal boy whilst at school.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and as a parent was heartbroken that this book touches so well on how children can be so mean and truly break your heart on behalf of your children. I also took on board all what my daughter had felt about how cruel the world is to them if they don't fit in or if they do face health issues or struggle whilst at school. This book empowers children on how this is ok to be yourself and not bow to the pressure of those around you and how peer pressure can alter children's behaviour.
I really look forward to reading the next book Auggie & Me reading this story from the friends perspectives.
I like the different POVs in the story, and the voices are distinct and original, which is very hard to get right, but the author does it so brilliantly. Although a few odd words here and there that I don't think a 10-year-old would use, but it only occurs very little.
Overall, this is a nice story that I think every child needs to read because it gives insight into so many important themes. I read the book with my 7-year-old son and he loved it, and wanted to hear the story only from August's POV. I'd like to read this book again, because of the characters.
First of all, August was not like any other kid because he did not have everything that you would need on a face. Also, he did not go to school until the age of ten. When he started school, he only had two friends, Jack and Summer. In school, he had a fight with one of his best friends, Jack. It started when it was Halloween and August was meant to be coming in as Boba Fett and he changed his mind at the last minute and came as Bleeding Scream instead. He heard Jack say that he was a freak and that is what started the first fight. Then August needed hearing aids. The second fight happened like this: Jack and August were partners for a science project and then at the end of class, Julian asked if he and Jack could be together but Jack did not want to. Julian accused him of wanting to be with the 'freak' instead.
The thing I liked about the book is how R.J. Palacio structure the story: August had no friends at the beginning and at the end he had a whole bunch.
I would rate this book 10 out of 10. I would recommend it to people who like some bits of a story to be happy and funny but other bits sad. I would also recommend it to children who are nine or ten years old.
Written by Zhennuo Wang, aged 9.
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