August Pullman is a ten year old boy with a rare facial deformity. He has never been to school due to all of his surgical procedures, and now his mother wants to enroll him at Beecher Prep School as a fifth grader; his father is worried that Auggie will be a "lamb to the slaughter." Auggie decides to give school a try, and that's where the adventure begins. The book has great depth as it gives a voice not only to Auggie who just wants to be a normal kid despite his "abnormal" face, but also his parents, his older sister, and some of Auggie's classmates.
You will root for Auggie as he deals with unkind reactions and bullies, and you will easily put yourself in the place of all the characters. You will become a huge fan of August Pullman! Wonder is very uplifting, realistic, and well-written. My 17 and 14 year old daughters read this book and both declared it one of the best books they have ever read, and I would rank it highly, too. Wonder is highly recommended for kids ages 9 and up--great for middle school age yet even high schoolers will find it a thought-provoking book. This will definitely be a book I will be recommending to patrons.