It’s August Pullman’s first year in mainstream schooling. His many years of practice ignoring stranger’s reactions to his severe facial deformities have not totally prepared him for entering a close-knit social and learning setting like joining a fifth grade class. Wonder tells the story of August’s ups and downs in his first year at school, and the power of the supportive relationships he has with adults. Although August faces difficulties in relations with peers, kindness ultimately wins. Wonder will be sure to intrigue your middle grade readers, and inspire compassion and kindness. Wonder is the powerful force behind the #choosekind movement, and has led to many discussions of acceptance and courage.
Published 2012, Random House
Wonder in picture book form: We are all Wonders, by R.J. Palacio. http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/555247/were-all-wonders-by-written-and-illustrated-by-r-j-palacio/9781524766498/