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Wonder Books

This morning I woke up before anyone else. I love sleeping in on the weekend, but there is something special about being the first person up.

I came downstairs. Turned the lights on and curled up in a chair and read a book. I finished reading Auggie & Me. This is book is written as 3 short stories based on the characters in Wonder. If you have not read Wonder, I would strongly recommend it. Both the boys and I have read the book. Colby’s reading teacher is also reading it to his class at school.

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Wonder is great look into the world of middle school through the eyes of multiple children. If you do not know what this book is about here is a quick synopsis:

August Pullman was born with facial deformities. Over the years he had to have surgery to help him do everything from breath to eat to hear. August, called Auggie, just wants to fit in and be a normal kid. But, when he starts school for the first time in 5th grade he is seen as anything but “normal”. The children in his class have a variety of reactions to having Auggie at school. These range of emotions mirror the way that many children feel they fit in middle school without the challenge of facial deformity. You will meet characters who become Auggie’s friends, his acquaintance and even his nemesis. But, through it all Auggie learns that life maybe hard, but with the right people by your side, you can cope.

Image result for wonder booksIn the book Auggie & Me, you delve into a few of the other characters from the story, who do not talk in the chapters of the book Wonder. The first character you meet is Julian, who is pretty much arch enemy for Auggie in Wonder. You will get his back story and learn why Julian has an issue with Auggie, it may not be what you’d expect. Then how he copes with these reasons.

In the second section you will meet Christopher. Christopher was Auggie’s best friend growing up. Christopher’s family moved away and Chris and Auggie tried to continue their friendship. This was getting tougher and tougher as time goes by. You will read about how Chris deals with his parent’s divorce, adjusting to a new school and being friends with Auggie.

In the last section you will get to know Charlotte and a bit more about the girls in Auggie’s class. Charlotte thinks that she can stay neutral in all the battles of middle school, but in the process alienates a few people. She learned to be a bit more real and what real friendships are about.

I think the Wonder books are a worthy read for adults and children. It is a way for adults to remember what it was like to be a pre-teen and the drama that goes along with it. For children it is a way to learn to look at people for who they are, not what they look like. It is a glimpse into how others feel in various situations and that the outward attitude may not match what people are really thinking.

This is a great book for classroom discussions, but also for family conversations. I know it was for our family. Can’t wait to see the movie and pick up the other books based on Wonder!

 

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