Book Review – Wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio is an amazing book that everyone should read. It is beautifully written and can be read by people of all ages. Everyone in my family has read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. As an educator and a parent, I found this book really interesting, thought provoking and inspiring.

Wonder is the story of August Pullman, a boy who was born with a facial deformity. Up until the time that Auggie is 10 years old, he had not attended a mainstream school. The book tells the story of Auggie’s first experience at school. The great part about the book is that it tells the story from many perspectives…his sister, his friends and classmates, and his sister’s friends. It is interesting to read how Auggie’s condition affects the lives of others. There is one particular story about Hallowe’en costumes that had an impact on me. The facts of the story were the same but the emotions of the story are diffferent when it is told by Auggie and when it is told by his sister. That’s all I will say about that story, I don’t want to ruin for you. Palacio does an excellent job of changing her writing style based on the character who is telling the story…totally believable!

With inclusive education and more and more students with special needs in our schools, this is an important book. It is a quick read and it shows us that special needs don’t just affect the individual who has them.

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About Derek Hatch (Hatcherelli)
Assistant Principal and Technology Leader in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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