Magazine article NATE Classroom

Wonder

Magazine article NATE Classroom

Wonder

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Wonder

R.J Palacio

Random House Children's Books

12.99 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 978-0-370-33228-4

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What enticed me to read this book was its front cover, and more importantly, its thought provoking blurb: 'Don't judge a book by its cover' scribbled out and substituted by 'Don't judge a boy by his face'. Instantly, we can see that this narrative is going to present some thought provoking ideas about the society we live in and the aesthetic obsessed culture in which, unknowingly, children and young people are so heavily a part of. Now, I don't mean to sound very philosophical but, I really do believe, just like Mark Haddon's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Palacio's Wonder has the potential to alter young people's outlook, sensibilities and ideas.

In Wonder we hear of the story of August Pullman, a boy aged ten who has a facial disfigurement. The book tells the story of his first year in middle school, his first year in school ever! As you can imagine, his first year has its ups and downs: from bullying, difficulties with making friends, difficult and obnoxious parents, to an exciting school residential, winning school prizes and making good friends--August's first year at middle school has it all! …

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