Wonder - R.J. Palacio http://readingpassport.wordpress.com/

Wonder is the first novel by book cover designer and artistic director R. J. Palacio. It has been all the rave on book blogs and recommendation sites since its publication last year so naturally it has been on my TBR (To Be Read) list for a while.

The book tells the story of August Pullman who, with a stroke of bad genetic luck, was born with a rare disease that seriously deforms his face. Of course, people treat him differently because of that. His loving parents and older sister, however, have showered little Auggie with love and have given him the childhood that most children his age could only dream of. He has grown into an extraordinary young man. If only he lived in a society that didn’t judge a book by its cover…

It’s time now for August to leave the comforts of home and go to school with “regular kids.” Middle school , of all places! Will little Auggie be able to survive? How will his classmates treat him?

The author expertly chronicles August’s first year in middle school through the eyes of August himself and those closest to him. There are definitely parts of the novel that will pull at the reader’s heart-strings. By the end, readers will marvel at August’s bravery and, perhaps, learn to appreciate the normalcy in their own lives.

Verdict: Loved, loved, loved this book! Highly recommended!