Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date: February 2012
Things I Liked:
This really is a powerful book - a book that talks about hard things like bullying and doesn't seem to be too preachy and lame. I think this will make a fantastic read-aloud for middle grade readers. In fact, while I was reading it, my 12-year-old niece told me her teacher read the book to them and she really liked it. It teaches hard lessons and shows the lessons from many different perspectives, all while feeling very natural. I like how there aren't perfect people in the story - even those who are kind to Auggie make stupid decisions and aren't always able to look past his face. I think it helped me to see that people who look different know that they do, they expect all of the reactions they get (because they've seen them all), and we need to get over it and see who people are underneath. Kids can be cruel, but kids can be so kind too. A sweet story that packs a punch. And you can't help but love Auggie, who deals with so much, but with such grace.
Things I Didn't Like:
After all the raving, I expected there to be something a bit more, you know? Something big and crazy that happens. Instead, I get this quiet book with a message that doesn't exactly sneak up on you, but doesn't whack you upside the head either. Quiet messages like be a bit more patient when people annoy you, etc. Not exactly what I thought it would be. Better.
Reminded me of Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
not really violence, but bullying
Overall rating: *****
If you haven't read this one, get on it! Everyone should get a chance to experience it.
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