Ever been the new kid? Imagine being the new kid at middle school after you’ve been homeschooled your whole life, because you have facial deformities so severe that other children run from you screaming. August Pullman is an extraordinary boy. A wonder, really. It was a wonder that when he was born he survived at all. So far he has had 27 surgeries. With all of the medical procedures necessary to keep him alive the first 10 years of his life, he simply could never go to a regular school … until now. While you might expect this to be a book about bullies (it is), you’ll also want to stand up and cheer for Auggie and the few kids who bravely decide to become his friends, despite a fifth-grade-wide “war” at the school. — Linnea F., Plymouth Library

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