Wonder is a novel written by the american writer R.J. Palacio, published in 2012. The protagonist, August, is ten years old, live in New York but he has never been to school because he doesn’t look like kids his age. For the first time, his parents send him to school.
August has a rare facial deformity called the Treacher Collins syndrome and to undergo operations, he must be home-schooled by his mother. His life will change from the moment he goes to school and is confronted to children who have never seen someone with his desease. We follow his life through several characters’ narration like his sister or his friends. In school his integration is difficult, he has a few friends and also ennemies which generates a peaceful moral war between them the whole year.
I read this book three years ago because I saw it all over magazines and it made me curious. Once I had the book in my hands, I read it very quickly because I loved it. I think the story is very realistic and touching, I loved the fact that we could see the story from different characters’ point of view. I personnally think that everyone can read it, no matter the age but to me it is particularly efficient when young people read it because it learns not to judge someone by his appearance. I recommend it to everyone.