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Wonder by R.J. Palacio is one of those books. Since I read it aloud with my two kids and they said things like, "Don't stop!" or "Keep reading!" each time I reached for my bookmark, I would say they feel the same about Wonder as I do.
The premise: August Pullman isn't like other boys on the outside, but on the inside he's exactly like other boys, and all he wants is to be looked at for what's inside of him rather than be known for the outside of him. But when what's different about Auggie is his face, that is difficult. Maybe impossible. But he tries anyway.
What keeps readers reading: Hope that the good in humankind will win out over the bad. Told in multiple perspectives, we see life through Auggie's eyes as well as through a host of people who know him, and no matter the perspective, the reader cheers for those who can see past August on the outside and befriend and love him because of who he is on the inside. The beginning of the book is Auggie's fifth grade year, and he enters a traditional school setting for the first time, testing the 'what's inside of you?' for everyone.
What I loved: Oh . . . everything. Seriously. The story is entertaining and fun, even laugh out loud humorous, while at the same time poignant, sad, and beautiful. The characters are real and rounded, both the good ones and the bad ones. The story is realistic and dives to places within ourselves that are hard to go. It's all that and written in such a way that the youngest kid to the oldest adult will find the story simply un-put-downable.
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Happy middle grade reading!