Monday, March 19, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

by R. J. Palacio
Flap Copy description:
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He's about to enter the fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

My thoughts:
Wonder is the debut middle grade novel by R.J. Palacio - she has truly written a remarkable book. Ms. Palacio has stated that this story was inspired when she, and her young children, saw a child with a severe facial deformity; that experience inspired the main character, Auggie, and ultimately this amazing story. I found it to be uplifting, funny, and entertaining. The character development and descriptions of middle school life are exceptional. I would definitely recommend this book to readers from the ages of 8 - 12. Congratulations to R.J. Palacio on her wonder-ful debut novel!

Check out this great trailer for Ms. Palacio's book: