Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 8:33 am

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R. J. Palacio


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Erin K

Kids, Tweens, Teens

General fiction

In brief


I think kids (and adults, for that matter) could learn a lot of great lessons from this book.

"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse," says Auggie, who has a severe facial deformity. Growing up, he has always been homeschooled. His parents decide it's time for him to be in a real school, and the story begins with Auggie starting middle school at Beecher Prep. Auggie's just a normal kid who tells jokes and loves Star Wars, but he's worried his new classmates won’t be able to see past his face.

The book is separated into parts; each from the perspective of a different character, including Auggie's sister and his classmates. This was a book that made me sad and a little angry at times, but it was also very hopeful. Overall, the message is to choose to treat everyone with kindness.