Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

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This book will stay with you long after you read it.

Bridging the gap between children’s and young adult fiction, Wonder is an important, new and noteworthy addition to the Neely’s News literary canon.

Wonder is an electrifying page-turner that attests to the power of the human spirit. Told through the perspectives of children and young adults, August Pullman stands out as one of the most heartfelt and strong narrators I can remember in young-adult novels I have read. In the same vein as Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl, Palacio captures the atmosphere of the middle-school microcosm with surprising depth and clarity; the good and the bad as well as the growth of each character are depicted beautifully and most importantly, truthfully. I must admit, facial deformities can be jarring, but as I rooted for Auggie I found myself gaining immense respect and wonder for those who carry that burden. I highly recommend Wonder – 4th grade and up, with parent discretion. Image

Reviewed by Katherine Klockenkemper

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