Wonder: a book review of a powerful children’s novel

There are books that you enjoy, and there are books that make differences in your life. Wonder, written by RJ Palacio, is a moving book that opens eyes to the feelings of someone who is different. By addressing the perspectives of not just the main character, but many characters who interact with the child with a facial deformity, we learn about bullying, fairness, kindness and strength… making the readers more open-minded and giving them a stronger look at themselves.

wonder review

As a parent and as a teacher, I highly recommend Wonder to all fourth, fifth and sixth grade students, as well as their parents. Read it together, discuss it together, and live it together. You’ll be amazed at how your family will connect over this story.

My friend Stacy of Root Tree Twig said it well:

You get the sense in Wonder that each of the characters – good, bad, or seemingly indifferent – are just doing the best they can. I often wondered while reading how I would react being the mother, sister, friend of someone with such a severe deformity, or how I would react if it were me instead. There is so much raw, honest, human emotion in this book, it’s easy to put yourself in any of the character’s shoes.

Read Stacy’s book review of Wonder.

Watch my video review of Wonder by RJ Palacio:

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Watch the Wonder trailer:

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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