Wonder by R.J. Palacio
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012, 320 pages)
Wonder is the heartwarming story of August, a 10-year old boy who doesn’t look like the other kids. He was born with a condition that severely altered his face, and even after several surgeries, people stare at him. After being homeschooled his entire life, August is about to begin fifth grade in a regular school. He meets challenges along the way, but with a loving family, a few supportive friends, and a good sense of humor, he prevails. Although written for kids 8 and up, this is a great story/lesson for any age. The winner of several children’s book awards in 2012, I highly recommend it.