The first novel written by R. J. Palacio was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. It is easy to understand why.
August Pullman has been home schooled all his life, and he is entering the fifth grade, for the first time in a public school. "Why is that such a captivating subject?" you may ask. "After all, there are many similar children who go through the same experience."
Yes, there are. You may actually know some of them, as I do. However, August has a bit of a challenge. He is one of those "1 in a million" chances to have been born with a serious facial irregularity, as well as other life-threatening concerns. So, this book, though a work of fiction, describes some of the ordeals he faces.
In Auggie's favor, thankfully, is his wonderfully supportive and loving family, and as the book progresses, we are able to witness not only his growth, but the growth of his classmates. Do things go smoothly? No! Not at all, though with the help of those to whom Auggie's welfare is a genuine concern, fifth grade is completed on a very successful note!
This book comes from the United Methodist Women Reading List for 2014 and is listed in the Nurturing for Community category . It would make a wonderful gift for a middle-schooler you might know, as it is listed as a Youth book.
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