Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
Overall
4.1 Llamas

Review

This book is truly a wonderfully read! (No pun intended 😉 ) I cried, I laughed and I went through so many different emotions while reading it that I couldn’t even describe to you! This book is amazing!!!!

This novel is about August, a completely normal boy who loves Star Wars, his dog Daisy and his amazing family. Except, Auggie isn’t quite as normal as he would like you to think. He was born with a facial difference that resulted in multiple surgeries and a lot of pain over the years. Now he is finally well enough to go to school, but not everything is as it seems. And with bullies, false friends and a whole lot of insults, Auggie is going to have to learn that sometimes being the most courageous is also being the most kind.

This book was amazing!!! I couldn’t even tell you how beautiful is was. I cried and laughed throughout the book; sometimes at the same time!!! It was truly such an amazing read and I believe kids 9 and up should read this right now. If you are looking for a book about being kind through the bullying this is the novel for you!!! (And it is also a movie!!!)

Now there are some dark topics brought up. The kid in the book really goes through a rough place at times. He has multiple surgeries and there is mention of the pain he went through. He gets bullied throughout the book. Mentions of terrible things kids say to him, as well as adults. There are 2 fights in the book as well. The worst thing in the novel is when a kid says if he looked like Auggie he would of killed himself… It is such a horrible thing to say but that is the worst thing in the novel.

Overall, this book is such a beautiful novel on friendship through the bullying and kindness through the hate. I totally suggest this novel!!! Kids need to read it, adults need to read it, you need to read it right now!!!!!! -The Young Llama Reader.

Pros

  • Such an amazing novel for any kid!!!
  • Great for boys and girls 9 and up!
  • Beautifully written and soooo well done!!!

Cons

  • Some dark topics are brought up…
  • Lots of bullying throughout the book…

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Beginning from Auggie’s point of view and expanding to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others, the perspectives converge to form a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope.

R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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