Sunday, January 28, 2018

Book Review: Wonder by RJ Palacio (middle grade novel)

People with craniofacial disorder can't hide their "otherness". And you can't help noticing them. How do you react? Do you look away? Do you stare? Does misunderstanding or fear provoke you to...? Author RJ Palacio empathized. This empathy prompted her to act. She wrote Wonder. Her book inspired the Choose Kind movement.

'Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as you ever can' -John Wesley's Rule

Publisher:  Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published in 2012

From kindergarten to grade four, August Pullman--a boy with craniofacial disorder--has been homeschooled. But in grade five, he enters public school.

How is he treated? Is he bullied for being different? Or does he find acceptance? 

Wonder is told by six diverse characters:  
Summer, Jack (two of Auggie's classmates)
Via (Auggie's older sister)
Justin (Via's boyfriend)
Miranda (Via and Auggie's friend)

The first voice we hear is Auggie's:
'If I found a magic lamp and I could have one wish, I would wish that I had a normal face that no one ever noticed at all... [T]he only reason I'm not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way.'


What book will all of Canada be reading this spring?

Canada Reads longlist 

The debate happens live on CBC radio from March 26 - 29.

I've chosen my horse. (And plan to review on this blog around the end of February) 

How about you?

"Abby cuddling" ldyck

Sharing my author journey... 

Early last Wednesday morning, when I was still sleeping, my muse woke up and went to work. The result--Wanderlust, a short story that I'll share with you in two weeks (Sunday, February 11th)


Darlene said...

Wonder is one of the best books I read last year. Another excellent book is From Ant To Eagle by Alex Lyttle. Check it out, you'll love it. Looking forward to your short story.

Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — Not only did I LOVE the book, I also enjoyed the movie (usually a book's movie isn't nearly as good, but in this case it was)!

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for the book recommendation, Darlene. A copy is winging its way to me as I type. : )

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for the movie recommendation, Laurie. Unfortunately, Mayne Island doesn't have a movie theatre. But the minute it comes on Netflix... How can you go wrong with that cast--Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson and... : ) Did you see Jacob Tremblay in the movie Room? He's an incredibly talented actor.