Sentimental Sunday: Wonder

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There are few problems that children in America today will face at school that are greater than the problem of bullying. As someone who was on the receiving end of intense bullying throughout middle school, this book resonated with me deeply. The negative consequences of bullying are vast, and the effects of bullying can lead to incredibly destructive behavior; as such, children need to know what these effects are and what they can do to stop bullying.

Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, is a book that does all of this and more – all while being a best seller. Published in 2012, Wonder has done nothing but impress readers all over the country, and I am no exception. Palacio is a fantastic writer, and he uses his incredible skill to take the reader on a marvelous journey throughout the pages of Wonder. Filled with highs and lows, Wonder explores the world through the eyes of a child who has forever been the object of scrutiny, and as you read about his journey, the awful world created by bullying is revealed.

Don’t despair, however, for this is not a book that leaves you sad and despairing about the state of the world we live in; ultimately, it is a story of hope, courage, and friendship that helps readers of all ages to treat others with love and to really think before we make a snap judgment about those around us. Read this book – it will change your life.

Will Harrington

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