Sunday, November 27, 2016

December Book

 Wonder is a book about August ‘Auggie’ Pullman, a 10-year-old boy that loves Star Wars and who is born with a disorder called Mandibulofacial Dysostosis (Treacher Collins Syndrome) that severely affects his life (I won’t tell you too much – read the book!) In the book he describes himself as ‘I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’ Due to prolonged stays in hospital for treatment, he had to be home-schooled by his mother. He lives with his mum, dad, sister Olivia (Via as she is known by close friends and family) and Darth Daisy (their dog). But when he turns 10, he makes the massive decision to enroll at a busy school.
The book follows Auggie and his roller coaster of a journey at his school where he finds it difficult to make friends but easy to make rivals. The interesting thing about this book is that in each chapter, it is told from the perspective of the different main characters. For example, the first chapter is told by Auggie in the first person and the next one is told by Via. This is a really effective way to tell the story as there is a major plot point which at first seems quite unclear but then another person who was involved in the incident then tells the story how they saw it and it makes you think twice about the whole scenario. The book is quite an emotional one yet has that sense of comedy as well to lighten the way. It can make you feel several different emotions with each sentence!
Would I recommend this book? Of course I would! Anyone above the age of ten (as there are some older themes). It is a gripping read that makes you want to read more! Also if you finished the main book, there are bonus chapters available for purchase as well. 

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