When comparing myself to most people I would say that I'm a reader. I read several books a year for pleasure and many professional and picture books. When comparing myself to my friends on Twitter I'm barely a reader. So when people who literally read hundreds or thousands of books a year go on and on about a book I know it's a must read. That's what happened with Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
My library only had the audio recording so I emailed them about the book version and they put me first on the list. ( I know it's totally nerdy but how cool is it to be the first on the list).
Wonder is the story of a boy named Auggie who was born with a facial abnormality and he is getting ready to start school, 5th grade, for the first time. This book isn't about a disease but it's about kindness. It's about our reactions and how they are perceived by others. The story is told from several different points of view to get you inside many different minds. When the story was over I loved these characters. I wanted to meet them and tell them how much they had impacted me.
I don't know if Palacio knew when writing this book she was going to change people's lives, change the way they think and how they react to people. Because of this book I will forever think of Auggie when I see someone who is "different" in any way. I will think about my reaction and my words more carefully.
I wish I had read this book when I was in 5th grade. I wasn't mean to other kids but I surely didn't go out of my way to be friends with them. My adult self is disappointed in my younger self but I guess that's the beauty of learning. My 5th grade self probably wouldn't have been friends with Auggie and that's sad, I would have missed out on a great kid.
Every kid and adult should read this book...everyone. You'll learn a lot about yourself and about real kindness. Thank you R.J. Palacio for making me think.