This is how August Pullman, the main character in R.J. Palacio’s best-selling middle grade novel WONDER, describes himself on the first page of the book: “I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse….”
You see, August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has made his parents very protective of him and prevented them from sending him to mainstream school, choosing to homeschool him instead.
At the beginning of WONDER however, they make the extremely difficult decision to allow him to enter the 5th grade at Beecher Prep, so that Auggie can begin to lead the life of an “ordinary” kid. Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary child—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.