If you haven’t heard about this book then read on, because it is amazing and everyone should read it. Auggie Pullman, fifth grader, was born with a facial deformity. “Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse,” he says when describing his looks to the reader. He has never been to public school but he is about to start when this book begins. Even though he is in fifth grade, this first novel by Palacio speaks to adults and kids alike. If you have ever been the new kid in school or new job then you know it’s hard. But the book isn’t just about Auggie. It’s about surviving in your own skin. You see the story drawn from multiple view points; there are 8 parts and 8 voices. To me, this book shows that mean people aren’t necessarily bad people and you don’t have to do something mean to hurt someone’s feelings. Bullying is all around us and happens to everyone, not just those who are different.
Don’t take my word for it y’all. Here are some other people you may know who rave about it too.
Amazon (Best Books of 2012- Middle Grade), New York Times (Notable Children’s Books of 2012), Kirkus Reviews (starred review), Booklist (starred review), School Library Journal (starred review), Publisher’s Weekly (starred review), Entertainment Weekly (Greatest Young Adult Fiction)
Ahem, it has also been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 35 weeks in a row.
Now available at your library in print, e-book and audiobook. Publisher’s suggested age range 8-12 years.