Book Club: Wonder by R J Palacio

Henpicked’s book of the month for April 2020…

Thank you so much to everyone who has joined in the discussion about Emma by Jane Austen.

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For this month we’ve chosen Wonder by R J Palacio.

 ‘My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Also an Oscar-nominated film starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay.

Here are the reviews…

‘Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds.’ Guardian

‘Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant.’ Observer

‘It wreaks emotional havoc . . . To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person – well, you can’t ask much more of any book than that.’ Independent

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Happy reading!