August (Auggie) Pullman is a ten year old little boy, who is severely deformed, and has “mandibulofacial dysostosis” a syndrome mostly called ”Treacher Collins Syndrome”, and a ”cleft palate”.
Due to his numerous surgeries and medical treatments, he had been homeschooled by his mother. However, his parents decide to enroll him in Beecher Prep, a private school, for the beginning of middle school. Before the beginning of the school year, he goes to his school and meets the director, Mr. Tushman, who is immediately very kind and welcoming. Three other kids are also there, Jack Will, Julian Albans, and Charlotte Cody. Auggie has never felt comfortable around children his age. With time, he gradually gets used to it. He befriends Jack Will, and Summer Dawson, a very sweet girl who sits with him at every lunch. However, Julian Albans is very mean, unwelcoming and bullies him turning the whole grade against him. He treats him like an alien and leaves mean notes in his locker… As the book evolves, we experience Auggie’s pain as he struggles with the meanness and hypocrisy of some of his fellow classmates. Eventually, he succeeds in making real friends who now see him for what he is: a courageous and generous 10 year-old!
This book is an amazing story and I definitely recommend it!! Read this book! It is one of my all time favorites and the all time favorite of all my friends…. In 2015, it won two american prestigious awards, the Young Reader’s Choice Award and the Mark Twain Award!
Rating: (5 / 5) (if I could I would put more!)
Release Date: 2012
Author: Raquel Jaramillo under the pen name RJ Palacio
Publishing House: Knopf Books for Young Readers