Wonder by R. J. Palacio
After finishing The Power I needed an uplifting book and I definitely found it in this one. Because of health problems August Pullman was homeschooled until the fourth grade but now he is healthy enough to Middle School. Understandably he’s scared, and so is his family. They know how great August is; they know he’s a typical boy. But August’s face tells a different story because it is anything but ordinary. Middle school is rough when you are an average kid, so August has a difficult time of it. But through the kindness of one girl and the rocky road of friendship with another student August has a great year and he and his classmates learn that being different is perfectly normal.
Yes, the book ends a little too perfectly, too happily and too sweetly, but it is a book for middle school readers and kids need to see that being kind is rewarding to everyone — the recipients and the givers. Adults can also enjoy a world this wonderful; it’s a great reminder that people are simply people and inside we’re all the same.