Like most 10-year-olds, August Pullman is nervous about starting middle school, especially since he’s been homeschooled for his whole life. But being the new kid in school isn’t his biggest worry, not by a long-shot. August was born with a severe facial deformity and says, “I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” Auggie’s parents give him the option of going back to being homeschooled if public school doesn’t work out, but he is determined to join the world and be an ordinary kid, even if it means enduring the stares, teasing and pity of his classmates. He’s a bright, funny, charming kid with a lot to offer, but will his peers be able to see past his shocking appearance?
This is an excellent story of courage, kindness and friendship that will leave you thinking about how you might treat someone who looks different than you.