By Geneive D’Souza | Opening Doorz Editorial | April 28, 2019
Book Review: Wonder
Author: R J Palacio
Author Raquel Jaramillo Palacio, takes us into the world of August Pullman, a 10- year-old boy with a facial deformity.
R J Palacio was led to write this book, after having an encounter with a girl having the same symptoms, which got her ‘wondering’.
Wonder shows us how each of August’s family members have different ways of encouraging and motivating him to join middle-school, and about his social life. His father does no behave as if August has some deformity, but treats him like a normal kid. His mother, is over-protective, and is worried about other children’s behaviour towards him. His sister does not see him as a boy with a facial deformity, but as a 10-year-old boy who is her brother.
August finally agrees to go to school, and makes a few friends who stick by him through all his ups and downs.
This book is different. The whole story is told through different perspectives of each character, hence helping us look at the situation from all the possible angles, and from every character’s point of view, and how they react and feel about August.
Wonder sends out a message of kindness, tolerance and acceptance, which our world is in desperate need of today. We need to learn to accept different kinds of people; they have feelings and emotions too. Everyone is born unique and special. After all, “You can’t blend in when you’re born to stand out”.
As kids, we often tend to shy away from differently-abled people; Wonder has given us kids [I’m sure the adults who have read this book will agree], and adults a whole new perspective at looking at a differently-abled child.
It’s a book that needs to be in your collection on the book shelf.
About the Author: Raquel Jaramillo Palacio, who has her roots in Colombia, lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two sons and two dogs (Bear and Beau). Wonder, her debut novel, has been on the New York Times bestseller list since March, 2012, and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The book’s message of kindness has inspired the Choose Kind movement, and has been embraced by readers, young and old, around the world. A movie based on Wonder, starring Jacob Tremblay as Auggie Pullman, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, comes was released on November 17, 2017.
(Geneive D’Souza is a Grade IX student from Don Bosco International School (DBIS) she is passionate about writing, music, playing the piano and La Liga (FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi).
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