Teen Action Committee: Monthly Book Recommendations
March's Pick by Susan
Wonder by R. J. Palaccio
Chosen as the 2012 Best Books for Younger Readers, Wonder by R.J. Palacio is an outstanding novel about a tough, young boy with an extraordinary face. Told in multiple point of views, readers will be captivated by each character. Due to the fact that August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that required a rigorous surgery schedule, Auggie was home-schooled all his life, mainly by his mother. Having survived 27 different surgeries, it seems like nothing could become an obstacle in Auggie’s life. . . . That is, until his mother decides that it is time for Auggie to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep.
Auggie has always known that he was different from others. Whenever the family was in public, Auggie felt the stares and looks that passerbys would often give him, making him self-conscious. Auggie owns an astronaut helmet that he likes to wear whenever they left their house and sometimes when he is feeling down. His mother encourages him to go to Beecher Prep as himself and to embrace his identity.
At first Auggie has trouble fitting in. He is quiet and when other students make fun of his face and hairstyle, he is embarrassed. He does not ever want to enter Beecher Prep ever again. Through the help of his sister, Olivia (Via) Pullman, and a group of peers, Auggie finally feels safe and enjoys going to school. Along with the group of peers who guided him around on the first week of school, other students in his 5th grade class, started to accept him as an unique individual.
This must-read book will have you laughing one page and tearing up on the next. Beautifully written, this book is recommended for ages 8 and up.
September 2018: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar (chosen by Gianna Lodato)
October 2018: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (chosen by Alexis N.)
November and December 2018: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (chosen by Uma)
January 2019: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly (chosen by Audrey Baker)
February 2019: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinnery (chosen by Enzo Whetton)