Sunday, March 18, 2012
As I move through each day at school (and, I suppose, in all of life), I wonder about people who have to work so much harder to get through events and experiences that most others would find routine. R.J. Palacio's book Wonder has captivated me since Thursday. The main character, Auggie (August) Pullman is a fifth grader who considers himself an ordinary kid. It's just his unusual face that makes him different from others. And some people cannot seem to get past his physical attributes to know the funny, compassionate, witty person Auggie is. Told in first-person through Auggie's eyes for most of the book, it is an incredible glimpse into life's challenges for one unique young man. His sister, her boyfriend, her former best friend, and two classmates add their viewpoints in first-person as well. It is a wonderful book. And Auggie is a wonder. Really.