Are you like me and have all these unread books on your shelf, only to be distracted by library holds and new releases? I tried something new this month and had two of my kiddos pick out my next read. It was super cute and they both picked books I haven't read yet. Bronson chose Wonder by R.J. Palacio and since Wonder is a #backlistbook that has been sitting on my shelf for awhile, I decided it would be my next read. Great choice, Bronny boy. (I'd say he looks pretty proud of his choice, what do you think?) This book was incredible and I look forward to when I can do a re-read with my kids. There are so many important themes that readers of all ages can relate to and learn from, along with incredible disability representation.
(Taken from Goodreads) 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. Wonder, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others.
Auggie is one of the most endearing literary characters I have come across. Middle school is probably one of the most awkward stage of any kids' life and who cannot relate to that? After being homeschooled his entire life, Auggie is thrust into mainstream school where he cannot hide his face. He faces stares, awkward conversations, and bullies, but gains friendships and family bonds that carry him through the tough times. Wonder is such a great story for young adults to read and see the world from a different perspective, so they can have compassion and empathy for others. I loved it and I cannot wait to read and discuss with my own children when they are old enough to fully understand Auggie's story.
“When given the choice between being right or being kind choose kind.”
“Now that I look back, I don't know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.”