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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R. J. Palacio

Auggie & Me: Three Wonder StoriesThis is the companion book of Wonder where R. J. Palacio tells three stories from the other characters points of view: Julian (the bully), Christopher (Auggie's best friend since birth) and Charlotte (one of the students who showed Auggie around school).  The first chapter is Julian's story and it is interesting to read his point of view of the situation and what it takes to make him change and understand what he did was wrong.  It has been two years since Christopher lived in Auggie's neighborhood and he has not really tried hard to keep his friendship going with Auggie.  The reader finds out the issues going on in Christopher's life that have made him pull away from Auggie.  Charlotte's version is a parallel story of how fifth grade can be difficult with trying to fit in with the different types of crowds, yet trying to remain true to yourself.

If you have read Wonder and loved it as much as I did, then you must read this book.  If your teacher has read you Wonder, suggest that he/she read this one as well.  The writing is outstanding and different points of view can be very eye-opening.  Well done again, Ms. Palacio!  Remember:  Always Choose Kind!

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