Review of Book Title by Author
By: Luna Lupine

Welcome kiddies, I have missed all of you. It appears that I have missed a lot this month, as the last thing I remember is observing the moon and all her beauty. The next thing I know is that I awoken in a hospital miles away from home, with injuries that they believe are comparable to fighting a pack of wolves. But, nonetheless, I am here and had plenty of reading time, which leads me to this month's pick, Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

I had been told by countless friends to read this book for almost a year now, but I just never found the right time to sit down and read it. From what I heard about it, I was interested, and then to my surprise a movie adaptation came out, but I needed to read the book before I could enjoy the movie—which is a total lie, the movie is never as good as the book version. So, since I had time, I finally jumped into the book.

The complexity of the story if fairly straightforward written at say a Junior High level and was only like maybe three hundred pages. The plot is that August or "Auggie" Pullman, a ten-year-old boy living in New York City, was born with a facial deformity that has made it difficult for him to make friends. He lives with his parents, his older sister Via, and his dog Daisy.

I found it interesting that the first part of the book is a story which is narrated in his perspective, as where editions that followed in the book where from Auggie's older sister, her boy friend as well as the astute of some of the other children from his school. This writing method is able to deliver to us the ability to see Auggie's fight to be accepted and how it effects those around him. I feel that the Author does indeed do a good job of being able to create and change the voice of the narrator in the book while maintaining it as the main character's point of view which is the most powerful perceptive. Speaking of the main character, Auggie is such a witty, bold and yet, very caring individual. The thing that really pulls at the heart strings is, all he really want more than anything in this world is to be just and everyday ordinary kid. The conflict arrives though, as the people in his life cannot help but to treat Auggie differently from every other child. Looking for more data on the writer R.J. Palacio, I found were she is quoted in saying that she believes that her first novel is a "…a meditation on kidness…," which is the best message that the story can deliver.

While I continued to research the author, I found the Wonder has been criticized (interestingly enough by men and women alike), that it is overly sentimental and written in a very simplistic way. While I do agree, somewhat, I was emotional at the conclusion of the book. But, the big thing that all of these people missed is that this is a children's book, with a clear message about learning to live life with appreciation and love for others, as well as yourself.

For R.J. Palacio's debut novel Wonder, I give it three and a half stars out of five and recommend everyone giving it a read at least once, it will give us a better appreciation of our lives!

Well that's all until next issue. The full moon is calling my name. I'm going out for a nighttime stroll. Maybe I'll grab a bite to eat while I'm out…