Wonder by RJ Palacio, 2012, Alfred A. Knopf – A division of Random House, Inc.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a children’s contemporary realistic fiction novel. This beautifully writer book is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and has received numerous awards and recognitions since first being published. This is the story about a fifth grade boy named Auggie who was born with a dramatic cranio-facial abnormality that is very obvious to people on the outside. Auggie has never attended a mainstream school, but decided he finally wanted to do so. As a new kid with a facial difference Auggie deals with being bullied, stared out, and talked about a lot. More than anything, Auggie just wants to make friends and be like everyone else. This book is about the journey through fifth grade for Auggie and about his attempts to make friends and convince everyone he is just a normal boy who looks a little different than the average person. This book would appeal specifically to later elementary and middle school aged children. More specifically, kids who may be going through transitions in their life or have physical differences about them would especially enjoy this novel. This book falls under the genre of contemporary realistic fiction. This genre enables the book to tell a realistic story that is both relatable and has to do with specific aspects of contemporary society that readers can empathize with. Though the author’s of contemporary realistic fiction are telling an untrue story, they are set up to have the potential of actually happening to real people, which makes them especially relatable to the readers.
- Resource Guide (Random house)
- If you like Wonder, check out Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli or Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine