Auggie Pullman was born with a host of health issues and a severe facial deformity. After homeschooling him through 4th grade, his parents decide to send him to a local private school for 5th grade. When Auggie starts school, he makes friends, enjoys his classes, and appears to fit in as well as he can, until a “popular” kid targets him for bullying, then Auggie has to decide if a “normal” life is worth the risks. In the end, Auggie learns an important lesson about the power of friendship.
Wonder came highly acclaimed and universally recommended, and it lived up to the hype. I enjoyed how the shifting perspectives provided insights into various characters and situations. Early in the story, Auggie’s transition to school seemed almost unrealistically smooth, until reality struck. With its positive messages and hopeful conclusion, Wonder provides an uplifting story for readers of any age. Despite my best intentions, I may have shed a few tears by the end of Wonder, but they were tears well shed.