Friday, December 6, 2013

Book Review - Wonder

** I just completed a Young Adult literature course and have read and reviewed several materials using a new format. This review follows a template given to me by my professor.**

Name: Christopher M. Jimenez
Media Format: Book (ebook)
Title: Wonder
Genre: Realistic Fiction,
Author: R. J. Palacio
Selection Source: Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Recommended Audience Age: 8 - 12 years
Reading Recommendation: 5
Curriculum Connections: Health


August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity and has been struggling all his life to reach a state of normalcy. He will now attend middle school after being taught at home. He struggles with bullies, people who do not know how to react to him, and shifting family dynamics. The story is told from multiple perspectives, so the reader will get a complete picture of what is going on behind the scenes.


This story takes the normal stresses of attending a new school and magnifies them by adding Auggie’s deformity. Readers feel sympathy for him immediately and learn to view this situation from multiple perspectives. It is an excellent book.


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