This book is about a boy named August (Auggie), who begins school in the fifth grade after being home schooled. It is about how people treat him based solely on his appearence. Can he get them to know the boy inside? He makes a few friends in school who try to help him get through the tough stuff. He finds out what true friendship really means. The story takes you through a year of trials and challenges. Will the students come to accept Auggie? It is written so that you get the view point of several different people in the story, from the loving parents to the protective older sister, to a friend who is shunned by others. You begin to realize that everyone is affected in different ways by August. I believe that this book will be a bestseller and is the best book i have read this year. This book makes you take a look at yourself and how you behave towards others. A great book to discuss in classrooms about how people are treated.
Review by Lillian Wickens, South Kearns Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-7
Written by R.J. Palacio
Alfred A. Knopf
Release Date: February 14, 2012
ISBN: 9780375869020 (hardcover)