I’m not sure there’s much left to say about the excellence of this book, but here are my thoughts anyway. I was especially impressed with Palacio’s choice of multiple narrators plus a section of emails and texts to tell the story. This is the story of kindness and growth within a whole community of children, not just Auggie’s story, and the many viewpoints get that across. The single eyes in the cover art and the spot art at the beginning of the viewpoint sections reinforce this: each person has only one point of view about the story.
I also appreciated that Palacio often trusts her young readers to connect the dots about the characters’ behavior: no one ever comes out and says that one character is mean and inflexible because his mother is too, or that another says cruel things because of peer pressure. She lets readers figure this out for themselves. Wonder deserves all the praise it’s been getting. I’m glad I finally read it.
book cover image from www.randomhouse.com