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Book Talk

By: Sarayu Chityala

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on 12 May 2015

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Without giving much away, this is the summary of the book. Would August have a successful school year? Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? Well to find out, you have to read the book!

When I was reading this book, I actually had 2 messages that I think the author was trying to convey. Here are the 2 main messages that I found were very concise.
Hi! My name is Sarayu Chityala, and today for my book talk, I will be talking to you about the book called Wonder by R.J Palacio. The genre of this book is realistic fiction, and the format is a novel. This book has a total of 310 pages, and I read the whole book! In my presentation today, I will be talking to you about the summary of the book, author's main message, any connections I can make and my opinions and judgements on the book. Hope you enjoy!!!
Authors Message/Main Idea
Text-To Self Connection
Listening to
Here is a short trailer on the book!
August Pullman seems like an average 10 year old boy. He likes playing X-Box, riding his bike and eating lots and lots of ice cream, except there's something different about him. August was born with a facial deformation. He knows that people are always going to stare and his face, and he knows that people are going to want to ask questions. But the most confusing thing about August is he doesn't let that affect him. After all, isn't it good to be different when everybody else is the same? August has always felt like a bit of an outsider compared to his peers; he's gone through about 28 surgeries and has been home-schooled all his life. Now, August’s parents think it’s time that he goes to school, beginning with fifth grade in the fall.
When it comes to talking about the connections I can make, there are so many ways I can connect to August. Reading this book reminded me of a situation in grade 5. From when I was about 9 years old to grade 5, I was a little bit over weight for my age. And I felt the same way August felt about his situation. Although people didn't say it right in front of my face, like they did to August, I knew people would talk behind my back and judge me all the time. I always used to think that people won't come up to me and embarrass me but one day I had to face it. My parents always used to tell me, that the best way you can escape your problems is if you face them, and even now to this day, I always think back to that day when a person just said it in front of my face. Although that wasn't the best day ever, I was happy that I learned a big lesson: that you should never say something to someone right in front of their face that you know would hurt them. But what I learned from this incident is that once in a life time you have to face something you never like. but always remember, you will learn from your mistakes.

Book Talk
By: Sarayu Chityala
The idea of this terrifies August; he knows how people react to seeing him, and he wonders if he will be able to fit in at school at all. However, August is brave. He goes to school and finds that it’s much like he expected. Many people laugh at him behind his back. Basically, August is different than others.

My Opinions/judgements
One of the main things I loved about the book was August's attitude towards life: his ability to handle, to be genuinely happy and make a comedy out of his situation. August faced many mixed reactions when starting school; there were lots of supportive people and an equal number of not so supportive people but he never let that stop him. Honestly, this is one of the most intelligent and beautifully written books I have read in a long time; the story will make you laugh and cry. I found this quote that really had a significance to it '"I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks." Because it's true, the thoughts and ideas in this book challenge your attitude of today's society. There is so much focus on body-image and peer pressure in the media, by reading this you get a chance to take a step back and re-evaluate your own worries about body image by listening to someone who deals with the daily stares and rude opinions from the public.

1. Equality Matters
I think that this is one of the main
messages of the book because I found a very powerful
quotation from the book that August's English teacher says," Be kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed". I think that she is basically saying that you should show your highest level of consideration to anyone, and always be kind to anyone you meet because equality matters. The more consideration you show the more equality you are showing.
2. You should never Judge a person by their physical appearances
I also think that this is one of the main messages because judging a person by their physical appearance is just misleading you to think about who they actually are. For instance, in the book just because he was born with a facial deformation, doesn't mean you have to avoid them. Judging a person by his or her physical appearance is similar to choosing fruits by the way they look looks. When buying fruits, people often pick beautiful one as their first choice. However, some fruits look pretty on the outside but rotten inside. I mean you don't know how the fruit looks like inside, That is to say, some people have beautiful looks but may not a good heart.
I would recommend this book specifically
to girls and boys ages 10+. I would specifically recommend to ages 10 because since the book is based on a 10 year old, I think that they can relate to the text more, which will make them want to read more. I would also recommend to ages 10 and over because like I've mentioned before this book has a great message, and anyone can relate to this book. I'm also sure that adults would enjoy this book based on the narrative. But most importantly I think that the book should be well studied at schools because this book is based on bullying, social drama, and I'm sure that every student it the school can somehow connect to it, and for sure they will learn a lesson.
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