This book review is about the novel Wonder by R.J Palacio, an upsetting story about a 10 year old boy called August Pullman. August has a facial disfigurement and he has never been to a real school before, but this year his parents think it is a good idea for August to start 5th grade, at a school called Beecher Prep.
August has a very overprotective sister called Olivia and she hates it when people stare at August’s face like he has a disease. As he goes through the year, he has his share of ups and downs. He meets a bully called Julian, and Julian is very mean to August: he gives him dirty looks from across the room; leaves cruel notes in his locker and creates a vile game which infers that anyone who touches August will catch the plague. Luckily, August has two new friends, Summer and Jack, who make his life bearable and show him real companionship for the first time in his life.
This is a great read, and it has a powerful message: do not judge simply by appearances. I chose this book because someone had recommended it to me and as soon I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this book to the age 9+ and it’s a good book for people that makes you think.
Tanisha Patel, Year 7. September 2017