I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.
August goes to school for the first time when he’s ten years old. Before that he’s been home-schooled, sheltered from the world. Because August looks very different. His face especially isn’t like that of other children. He’d rather walk around with an astronaut’s helmet than show his face, but his parents think it’s time for school. So he goes.
Wonder lets August and different people around him share how the world looks when you are/have something looking different in it. In the beginning there are stares, names and discomfort, but later on the stories show that it’s more about the unusual and how everyone reacts to it, then it is about August, and who he is. He can’t help this, he is just another kid in an original body.
Things have to happen (of course) before August and his parents and his older sister all realize that school is school, no matter who attends it. Bad things happen, good things happen and it’s you and the people around you that make a difference. R.J. Palacio manages to drive the point home without adding Life Lessons and deep morals. Wonder is an easy read with characters that learn and develop themselves.
Wonder, R.J. Palacio, Random House Children’s Books 2012