Suddenly you hear whispers all around and when you look up, other kids quickly turn away, even though you know they’ve been staring at you.
Nobody will sit in the desks next to you. You are an island in the classroom. A lonely, isolated island.
This is Auggies’s life. A 5th grade boy who was born with horrible facial deformities. His parents have decided it’s time for him to give up homeschooling, and transition to public school. Wonder by RJ Palacio is his story and it’s your story.
How would you react if Auggie came into your classroom tomorrow? Will you stare? Will you try not to stare, but sneak glances when you think he’s not looking? Will you sit next to him at lunch?
Will you be his friend?
Wonder will make you think about yourself. It should be required reading for every student in 5th grade, not just because it’s a great book. Read it because it will make you think about what kind of person you really are on the inside. It will teach you about empathy. It will teach you about hope and friendship. It will teach you about life.
Wonder by RJ Palacio is available in our library starting today. Here’s a preview book trailer by Mrs. Hembree.