Summary Of R. J. Palacio's Wonder

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Wonder: A Great Choice for Middle School Students

For anyone who has ever walked down a middle school hallway, it does not take long to realize that kindness may not always be a priority for most students. It is important to send a message to middle schoolers about the importance of being kind to one another. Wonder, a novel by R.J. Palacio, emphasizes this message. It is about a child with a "craniofacial abnormality"named August Pullman who is attending school for the first time in his life. The reader witnesses the experience through a variety of character perspectives, and observes the effects of kind and not-so-kind acts. Wonder is a strong book for middle school students.
Some people say that Wonder is not a strong book for middle schoolers. They say that it does not have enough action and it can be overly sentimental. Many can argue against those points, but even if they are true, the deep messages in Wonder far outweigh the minor complaints Wonder is
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Another reason why Wonder is a strong book for middle schoolers is because it helps young people realize that it is what’s on the inside that counts. On page 88, Via starts talking about Augusts face and what is different about it. “His eyes were about an inch below where they should be on his face almost halfway down to his cheeks.” Later on in the book we learn that he has a craniofacial abnormality. (Palacio 120) Summer said “I should also say that I don't really feel sorry for him anymore. That might of been what made me sit down with him the first time, but it’s not why I keep sitting down with him. I keep sitting down with him because he is fun.” Meaning that she thinks he is a good friend and she likes to sit with him.
Wonder is a strong book for middle school students. Its messages are important at a critical time in the lives of middle school students. The reader will have a better understanding of how to treat people after reading this important