Wonder, by R. J. Palacio (Author, Illustrator)
A truly the inspirational tale that plays on your emotions as well as makes sense: you laugh out loud. For a children’s book it is surprisingly frank and brutal at times but it deals with the reality of physical disabilities in society, growing up, family relationships and school life.
Wonder is the story of a 10-year-old boy August Pullman, born with a rare facial disfigurement and home schooled up until the beginning of middle school. The book follows the story of Wonder and his journey into school. The story is told through the eyes of the main characters, a clever literary device that enables the reader to explore the concepts of bravery, bullying, physical deformity, self-image and kindness through a changing eye glass.
This book should be read by adults and children alike and lends itself perfectly to use in schools. A truly inclusive novel to share with children at the upper end of Key Stage 2 and into Key Stage 3. Reading aloud and planning a sequence of lessons using this poignant book will encourage deep discussion, elicit pupil’s personal responses and allow opportunities for drama and creative expression. A true ‘Wonder’ of a book! For teachers reading this, there are lots of resources available online to support the teaching of this novel in school, one good example can be found on The Guardian teacher network.
Paperback – published 03 January 2014