‘My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’
Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten year old and he does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary, inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
Wonder is a funny, frank and astonishingly moving debut book to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
Also available is R.J. Palacio’s second book, a collection of short stories about characters from Wonder, called Auggie & Me.