The term mandibulofacial dysostosis doesn’t often come up in children’s novels, but it is the heart of a fabulous book entitled Wonder. This is the story of Auggie, a soon-to-be 5th grader who will be attending school for the first time at Beecher Prep. Auggie has been home-schooled, due to years of surgeries and medical fragility, but that is about to change! Check out this awesome video book trailer.
While this book is about Auggie’s 5th grade year, it’s certainly also a book about disability, human nature, and friendship! Written from the viewpoint of multiple narrators, the story lives and re-lives various events through the eyes of those involved. Wonder is a book many parents should read alongside their children, as the perspectives are varied and the lessons are many.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway comes early in the book, but is repeated throughout …. “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.
Wonder is written by R.J. Palacio. The Amazon link is here.
I read after I posted this morning that the July Twitter Bookclub will be based on the book Wonder, and there’s a free book giveaway today and tomorrow!