Auggie will be the new kid in fifth grade, but in addition to being new, he has a facial deformity. Often, when he's in public, people stare at the deformity, but Auggie himself feels invisible. He hasn't attended school for a long time, so the school arranges for a few kids to meet him in advance and guide him around. Is Auggie up to the challenge?
The author tells this story from the perspective of different characters, including Auggie's sister and school peers, and this adds a richness to the book, rather than being an excuse for the author to experiment with different language patterns. The short chapters and pacing lend themselves to page-turning, and you can't help but root for this character.
I will admit that I prefer Out of My Mind to this book. I understand that his normalcy is the point of the story, but I wish his personality were a little more distinctive - funny, clever - something. You can't help but admire Auggie's courage. This book is hugely popular with teachers and students and provides multiple discussion points about empathy, open-mindedness, and confidence.
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