This extraordinary book makes you see the world differently.
R.J. Palacio's debut novel, told through six different first-person narratives, forms a composite of what life is like for, and because of, 10-year-old August Pullman. A rare genetic perfect storm "made war on his face," as Auggie's sister, Via, puts it. Via loves her brother, but she is also a realist. So is Auggie, as he makes plain in his own words on the first page, "I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse." Their bond forms the foundation of this inspiring story.
The book follows Auggie through fifth grade, when he enters school for the first time at Beecher Prep, and Via as she starts at the prestigious Faulkner High School. We watch the changing dynamics as the two siblings both experience friends who betray them and perceived enemies won over to their side.
Auggie's presence in people's lives acts as a catalyst to bring them face to face with themselves. If they look deep enough, they find humor, courage and friendship. --Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness