Last month I read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio at the recommendation of my friend Jan at Running on Fumes.
To say this is a great book is an understatement. It gets a 5 star rating from me. This is a book I would normally read, but I felt compelled to read it because of all the bullying you hear these days. Having a 5 year old myself, you can only hope the years ahead will be kind to her. The boy in this book is middle school age and has a facial deformity, which makes things tough from the start.
Kids or no kids, I highly recommend this book. A good emotional read. The subject is such a huge issue that I think it should be a mandatory read in school. Everyone should learn to be a little kinder to others. One act of kindness can make a big impact. I loved the message this book delivered. I'll be saving it for A to read in about 6 more years.
The publisher's description:
August (Auggie) Pullman was
born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a
mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher
Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that
can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an
extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's
just like them, despite appearances?