Book Review – Guest Author – Payton McGrew

February 24, 2015
Book Review by: Payton McGrew Age: 12
Wonder By: R. J. Palacio
The Julian Chapter By: R. J. Palacio
     Auggie Pullman just wants to be normal; that’s all any middle school age kid wants. But for Auggie it’s not too easy. He can’t just blend into the background  like any other ordinary person would. That’s because Auggie isn’t normal; he has a fascial defect that sets him apart from everyone else. Everyone, literally everyone notices him; the jocks, the populars, and even the ordinaries. Everyone criticizes Auggie, especially Julian. Julian and his parents definitely go the extra mile to make Auggie’s life horrible. Julian even started a game at school sorta like the stinky cheese game in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Julian calls Auggie “the freak” and leaves mean notes in his locker. But all isn’t as it seems until you read the Julian Chapter. 
     The Julian Chapter is an audio book from the bully’s side of the story. I think this is unique because you always hear the good side of everything in a story. In the Julian Chapter, you dive deep into Julian’s personal life. You find out why he acts out, what he did and the punishments for his terrible behavior. Julian’s side of the story really puts perspective on how you should be treating others. I know it opened my eyes to see all the “Auggie’s” around me at my school and try to-not just put a stop to-but to understand the “Julian’s”; to help the “Julian’s” and to mend the friendships between the “Auggie’s” and the “Julian’s”. 
     I would recommend both stories to children ages eight to adulthood because of all the wonder in the novels. From Mr. Browne’s Precepts to Summer, the bystander, there is so much to learn from Wonder.

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