Wonder by R J Palacio

Wonder

R J Palacio

If you’re different, school can be hell. This is a funny, tear-jerking, endearing and simply written novel, featuring a boy with facial disfigurement as the aspirational hero. A strong, sensitive message for those suffering social exclusion, although to be honest I did find it a bit too Disney-sweet in places.

Extract

I think it’s like the Cheese Touch in ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’. The kids in that story were afraid they’d catch the cooties if they touched the moldy cheese on the basketball court. At Beecher Prep, I’m the old moldy cheese.

Parallels
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Herman by Lars Saabye Christensen
  • Glee - TV series