I am proud to present the first review in the series Books Worth Reading! It’s a review of one of my all time favourites, Wonder.
“Has the power to move hearts and change minds.” – Guardian
Some info: Wonder is written by R.J. Palacio, and was published in 2012. In the edition with the Julian chapter, there are a total of 416 pages.
Synopsis: The perspectives of various characters who entered August Pullman’s life, either when he entered middle school or after it, or they had known him since Auggie was a baby.
Review: I first read this book when I was in grade 4 or 5, and was unable to appreciate the author’s beautiful personality description of every single character at the time. It’s not told in a direct way, but when the reader reads every perspective, the development of each person is the most brilliant thing ever. Another thing I love about this book is that when you read the perspective, you sink into their persona and find yourself agreeing with mostly everything. One also feels that the person whose perspective you’re reading, did everything for, according to them, the right reasons, and you understand what they were going through, even if you wouldn’t normally really approve of their actions, and that is beautiful. Take Olivia Pullman’s (August’s elder sister), for example. Normally, she was fiercely protective of her brother, and would be rude even to adults when they stared at August’s face. But when she came bacsk from her Grans’s place, she saw Auggie as other people did for a split second. But as you travel further in her feelings, you will understand why she wanted her high school to not know about August. Or what Miranda, Olivia’s best friend and a sister to Auggie, did at her camp. Summer was my favourite character in the story. Yes, she first sat with him because she pitied him, but that pity blossomed in true friendship. There’s only one word to describe R.J. Palacio’s novel: wonderful.
Recommendation: For ages 10 and above.
1. Auggie and Me. Perspectives of:
• Julian Albans, the main bully. Name of story: The Julian Chapter
• Christopher, August’s best friend. Name of story: Pluto
• Charlotte Cody (A classmate of Auggie and first person who was nice to him). Name of story: Shingaling
2. 365 Days of Wonder (365 precepts collected by Mr. Browne, August’s English teacher.)
3. We’re All Wonders (Picture book, where August tells how everyone is a wonder)