I read this book by R. J. Palacio at the start of my months of illness this year. It is a teen novel and has also been created into a movie, which I have not seen. The book is simply brilliant and I recommend all children (probably over 12) and adults read it.
August is a young boy with a congenital disease leaving his face physically disfigured but with full mental development. He has been home-schooled to this point but the book starts as he is about to start school.
The book is divided into parts, told from August and his sister Violet’s point of view. She is and older, very protective sister and has a bit of ‘forgotten sibling’ about her. August is a very relaxed and funny character who is mature beyond his ten years, yet has the occasional slip back to remind us he is still very young.
What I love about this book is how we are drawn into the life of a ten year old, we read others reactions to his physical appearance yet it is never described. The relationships within the family develop and grow and I was reminded of the cruelty of school children when they don’t have proper understanding of a situation.
Wonder is a truly brilliant book. Again, was an easy read at a time when I needed a little mindless escapism, but I was taken aback by the emotion and feelings in the words.
This gets a solid 4 star review for what it is and who it is aimed at.