Wonder by P.J. Palacio - 313 pages
Book Blurb:
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
My Review: 5 stars
Although this book is truly a YA book, meaning 4th grade and up, I loved it. This book brings empathy, kindness and beauty into question and understanding as we look into the lives of Auggie and all the supporting characters lives. I understand that this book is being read aloud in one of our local school district’s 5th grade classes and I wish it was required for every 5th grade class everywhere! This book hit home for me as reminder of why kindness is so important at every age and every stage of life. Highly recommend.
Quotes I liked:
- “The best way to measure how much you've grown isn't by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average-- though those things are important, to be sure. It's what you've done with your time, how you've chosen to spend your days, and whom you've touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.”

- “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you wil try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.”
Tags: 2013, Fiction, YA, Coming Of Age,

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