Our January children's chapter book of the month is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'
Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all
WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
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About the author
RJ Palacio lives in New York with her husband and two sons. After a long career as an art director and book jacket designer RJ Palacio decided to start her debut novel Wonder. "I kept waiting for the perfect time in my life to start writing, but after more than twenty years of designing book jackets for other people, I realized that the perfect time would never really present itself. It's never the perfect time to start writing a book. So I decided to just go for it."
She was inspired to tell the story of August Pullman, a boy with a severe facial deformity, after her two sons were frightened by a young girl with a similar condition while out in an ice-cream shop. At the time Palacio quickly pulled her children away but later began to reevaluate her reaction and to wonder what life was like for that girl and her family.
You can follow Palacio's blog at: www.rjpalacio.tumblr.com.