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Wonder Book Report

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Megan Kay

on 16 February 2013

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The title "Wonder" grabs your attention when first read. It strikes a curiosity,because it is something to wonder about. I wonder what "Wonder" is about? The title is perfect for the book in many ways. The main character is a medical wonder to doctors everywhere. He has a rare genetic disorder.The book is also learning about other feelings. I think to learn to be kind, you have to wonder what it's like for them. Lastly, I think "Wonder" is a great title, because it is very thought provoking. The book causes you to wonder about the world and changes how you might view things. SETTING "Wonder" takes place in a suburb of Manhattan, North River Heights. The year is 2012. Most of the action takes place in a small school called Beecher Prep. This is one of those books that isn't just one story set in a few days. It's multiple every day stories throughout the school year. The school is definitely the most important setting, and the author does a good job of making it believable. The kids do and say typical 5th grade things, like caring who is popular and who is not. Taking sides with each other. Cafeteria food is disgusting, etc. Although the author never went into great detail about setting, you always got the picture. North River Heights CHARACTERS August Pullman August "Auggie" Pullman is the main character in "Wonder." He is eleven-years-old, and is just like every other 5th grade boy out there, except for one thing. August was born with a genetic disorder that is a mystery to doctors. He has a type of Craniofacial Anomaly. Even though he is only eleven, he has already been through over thirty surgeries on his face. August even admits it to himself, he is ugly. His eyes bulge out of his face, and are an inch lower than they should be. His lips are small and shaped wrong. He has "cauliflower" ears. August is very mature for his age, and understands things about life that many won't learn until they are old, or maybe even never. I think the fact that he realizes people are judgemental naturally and don't even mean anything by it is a great lesson. He has learned this because he has had to deal with stares and frightened people his whole life. Besides the fact of his facial disorder, August is a fairly normal. He is smart and into science,loves Star Wars, and just wants to be accepted by others. August has a great sense of humor, and is always joking, even about his own face. He is also a very kind boy who would never do anything to hurt someone on purpose. By: R.J. Palacio In a way, "Wonder" has several antagonists. Although it is not a person, his disorder is kind of an antagonist. The book isn't really about August vs. Voldemort. The story centers around his disorder and how people react to August because of it. The disorder causes people to think differently and see August differently from who he is. August has to learn to deal with this, and so do the other characters in the book. Really every character is just facing the Craniofacial Anomaly. Antagonist Other Main Characters Julian Julian is a boy in August's class. Julian causes a lot of trouble. To me, he is one of those obnoxious boys always getting in trouble that thinks he is the bomb, but really everyone hates him. He likes to twist people's words around to make them look bad. Julian is always saying rude things to and about August. He constantly calls August a freak, a troll, an orc, or Darth Sidious. He is so wrapped up in being popular that he is willing to be a jerk. Unfortunately, he doesn't change. Many times, characters like Julian will learn from their experience how to behave, but Julian never does. I was hoping Summer Summer is a girl in August's grade. She has long blonde hair and is on the the more popular side of the grade. Summer is very down to earth and sincere. On the first day of school, she sat next to August because he was all alone at lunch. They quickly became friends when Summer was able to see past August's face. Summer is one of those really nice people who always wants to do the right thing, as well as look out for others general well being. She plays a key role, because for a while, she is the only one willing to accept August. She is my favorite character for that reason. Jack Jack is another boy who is in the same class as August. He ends up being August's best friend in the long run. Jack really means well with the way he acts, and he is a good kid. However, like the best of us, he want to fit in. He struggles a bit with wanting to be popular but be friends with August at the same time. Eventually he figures everything out and is the bigger person. Jack has a fun-loving personality and is for the most part very accepting. Point of View Point of View: First Person
This book is interesting in the way that it is written. The author switches whose point of view we are reading from six times. I believe the reasoning for doing this is because she wanted the readers to be able to see what everyone was thinking, and what the reasoning behind their actions were. For example, August had no idea why Jack said something. You find out what Jack meant by what he said when the book switches to Jack's view later. Plot Introduction: The book starts off in August's point of view. He is an eleven-year-old boy heading into fifth grade. Right off the bat, he mentions he has a genetic disorder known as a Craniofacial Anomaly. This means his facial bones and features have an abnormality in the way they developed. His whole life August has had to deal with people staring, rude comments, and people avoiding him. He has learned to deal with the fact and ignore what other's think.

Inciting Incident: August has never been to public school. His parents knew other kids would have a hard time accepting the way August looked. Despite the challenges that for sure to come, August and his family decided it was time for him to go to public school rather than be home-schooled. He's used to people staring at him, but this is the first time he will be faced with so many judgements at once.

Rising Action: August goes to school, and it is immediately a challenge. He can tell all the kids are freaked out by him. All of them stare at him, won't sit by him, and whisper to each other about how he looks. The kids can't see past his face and look into who August Pullman really is. Throughout the year he is faced with many challenges. He finds out kids that he thought were his friends were really asked to be kind to him by the principal. Julian, one of his classmates, particularly dislikes August, and does everything he can to make sure he has no friends. Eventually the whole grade is avoiding August and anyone who talks to him. Many kids start leaving mean notes in his locker. August starts to feel terrible about himself. He wonders why he can't be normal.

Climax: Towards the end of the year, the fifth graders at Beecher Prep take an annual camping trip. August is really excited to go, because he'll get to spend time with his two best friends, Jack and Summer. To top it off, Julian won't be attending the trip. On the last day all the kids are invited to an outdoor movie along with a few other middle schools. On a quest to find a spot to go to the bathroom, August and Jack end up in the woods together. They come across a group of seventh graders up to no good. The older kids start taunting August calling him freak, and asking which alien planet he came from. The teasing gets worse, and they are trying to beat up August and Jack. Suddenly, two kids who never liked August came to the rescue. Amos and Henry punched and knocked down the older kids and took off with August and Jack.

Falling Action: After the big show-down at the camping trip, everybody starts to realize August is really just another person. He really was not very different from themselves. They realize that Julian is a big jerk, and he becomes the most unpopular kid in the grade. Kids start to be friends with August, and he becomes pretty cool despite has facial abnormalities.

Resolution: At the end of the year, August is on top of the world. He is so happy, and everybody has accepted him. Everything is finally going his way. At the graduation for fifth graders, August receives the "Student of the Year" award. He couldn't have been more ecstatic, and everybody loves him. Theme The theme of this book is very clear. The whole book is about acceptance and learning how to love. The point is we need to see the bigger picture. Everyone who saw August immediately judged him by his physical features. Nobody was willing to accept him because he isn't normal looking. We are so vain nowadays. It is all about who is the thinnest, the prettiest, who has the most money, etc. This book was trying to deliver the message that it's what is on the inside that counts. August is a wonderful person, and a great friend to have. The kids at Beecher Prep learned that even if someone is different, they can still be your friend.

Another theme of this book is that our appearance doesn't define who we are. We often put so much value on what we look like, when in reality it's worth nothing. It doesn't make you a better person, or smarter, or any more awesome. August was going through a really hard time during the year when he had no friends. he just wished that he could be normal looking. Eventually he learned that it doesn't matter, and to just be his own person. I
Symbols August August (well, his body, really) represents differences among us. They all have stereotypes, judgements and people are unwilling to accept them. This happens all the time and not with just looks. People get discriminated for religion, tastes in friends, and different likes and dislikes. This symbol helps the author with the theme because she is trying to say we need to accept those differences. Star Wars August is a total Star Wars nerd, and loves anything star wars. He even grew out a Padawan braid. I think the fact that August is into Star Wars represents he is just a normal kid. Although he looks different on the outside, he likes normal things just like everyone else in the world. Conclusion I think the ending was pretty solid. The story ended with August in a happy place, lots of friends, and conflicts were resolved. He learned more about who he was through the whole year, and he learned he is amazing the way he is. The other kids in the book learned how to accept, and that it doesn't matter what is on the outside. Many kids in middle school and high school are so dumb, and caught up on all these things that don't matter. Having August at school helped to teach the kids about what is important, and what is not. Of course, August still has the rest of life to go through, and the difficulties that come with that. People are still going to judge him. I loved the way the book ended in a happy place in his life, because it had a great sense of closure to the challenges August had throughout his fifth grade year. Emotions Sadness:
I felt a lot of sadness and empathy in this book. Although I didn't think the author was a spectacular writer, she really portrayed how August felt sometimes. You could really imagine how hard it must be to be treated so awfully. At one part in the book, August overhears some awful things being said about him. He is pretty much destroyed by what he heard. It made me really sad to read that. I felt so bad for him, which is where empathy comes in. I think we can all relate to feeling alone and picked on at times. Guilt:
Guilt is another feeling that you will probably come across while reading this book. To read in August's point of view, you get a glimpse of how it feels like to be judged all the time. It kind of makes you realize that it happens all the time, even if you aren't even trying to be mean. I felt kind of guilty, because I know I judge people without even realizing it. But really I have no idea what is happening on the inside. This book really makes you think twice about making judgements and thinking mean things. Rating: 7/10 I thought that the idea for this book was awesome. It really taught me a lot. I love the lesson it teaches about accepting. It also teaches about how appearance doesn't matter, and it's what is on the inside that counts. Now I know that we hear that all the time. Despite it being said all the time, it's kind of a hard concept to grasp. I've struggled with an eating disorder before, so I just love that message. We just need to love ourselves, and those around us because we don't know what they are going through. I gave the book a 7/10 because while I thought it was a good book, I didn't think the author was a fabulous writer. She worded things really strangely, and her writing style was not very sophisticated. The story is supposed to be about fifth graders, but the things they thought and said were kind of based on an older age group. I do think the author put some really interesting thoughts, ideas and messages in the book though. For example, she added cool details. When August got hearing aids, he explained it like when you have a room with a burnt out light bulb and you are used to it. You never realize how dark it is until you get a new lightbulb, and you're like "Woah! That's bright!" I enjoyed how the author put small details that we can all relate to, but many people would never think to write something like that. All in all, I thought this was a pretty good book, and I enjoyed reading it.
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