Wonder - RJ Palacio


You can read this in a couple of sittings while you're in bed with the flu (as I did) and yes, it is ever so slightly cheesy and preachy. But on another level, it's a surprisingly complex exploration of the nature of appearance, identity, friendship, growing up, even parenthood. It's wise, funny, engaging, quirky, and the narration from a variety of kids' viewpoints gives it a further level of insight. There's even an extensive quote from The Magnetic Fields and yes, if Steven Merritt were to write a book, it would probably be a little like this one.

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