Why do they look at me like that? Why can’t I be like the normal kids in the park? Will I always look like this? August Pullman asked himself these questions every single day. The book Wonder, by R.J Palacio, is an inspiring fictional story about a young boy named August, but just about every one who knows him well calls him Auggie. As a young child, Auggie was home schooled and only had his friend, Christopher, and his older sister, Via, to play with. Auggie did everything any other kid his age did. He played video games, ate ice cream, played ball, rode his bike, and went Trick-or-Treating on Halloween. He loved to Trick-or-Treat. Halloween was his favorite day of the year because he could dress up in a costume with a mask and nobody could see his face.

Due to his genetic facial deformity, many people assumed he had been in a fire because his face looks melted like a candle stick.

Now that Auggie was going into the 5th grade, his mom and dad want him to go to “real school” to receive a better education and to make more friends. Auggie’s mom and dad wanted him to attend Beecher Prep, which is a private school and is one of the best schools in town. Although it was an honor to get in, Auggie didn’t feel honored. His mom and dad told him to try it for the first week and if he didn’t like it, he could quit and go back to being home schooled by his mom. After the first month or so Auggie got used to the routine and made two new friends, Jack and Charlotte. Although Auggie made a few new friends, he also met some people who were not friendly. During the middle of the book, Auggie realizes that the friends that he made will stand up for him no matter what.

This book showed me that you can’t judge a person by how they look, and that you should really get to know the person before you judge them. R.J Palacio has written a fantastic book that is inspiring and teaches kids or even adults to be respectful to everyone. R.J Palacio’s writing style in this novel is very unique compared to other books of the same genre. The book was divided into many parts (part 1, part 2, etc). In each part its from a different person’s perspective. I would give this book five stars and would recommend it to boys and girls. I strongly recommend you read this heartwarming book. The best part in my opinion was the ending, but you will have to read it to find out what happens.