Review: Auggie & Me
I read Wonder by R. J. Palacio years ago and absolutely adored it. It’s a book that’s stuck with me and one I’ve recommended a lot since I read it so I was excited to pick up Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories. As the title suggests, this is a collection of three stories all centered around Auggie Pullman, a young man with facial abnormalities.
The Julian Chapter is told from Julian’s point of view. The principal has asked Julian and a few other students to help Auggie adjust to his new school. Julian’s mother is horrified by the idea and Julian picks up her attitude and begins to bully Auggie instead of helping him. Julian’s grandmother helps him see what he’s been doing is wrong.
Pluto is from the point of view of Auggie’s oldest friend, Chris. Chris and his family have moved and no longer live close to Auggie’s family. They stay in touch, though. When Chris sees how his new friends react to Auggie he starts to pull away from his old friend but something happens to make him realize how wrong he was.
Shingaling is told from Charlotte’s point of view. Like Julian, she was asked by the principal to help Auggie feel comfortable in his new school. Auggie is not featured as prominently in this story. It centers around the dynamics of friendships and social status in the fifth grade. Charlotte learns that kindness is worth the effort.
I thought Auggie & Me was just terrific! I recommend reading Wonder first in order to truly appreciate this gem of a book. I love the way it teaches lesson in a gentle manner without being preachy. Both Wonder and Auggie & Me are terrific books to share with middle grade readers. They should be in every library and taught in every school. Be sure to pick this book up!
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