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This is a very positive story with heart and love and friendship, family and community, fear and courage, hugs and kisses, dogs, and an uplifting ending. It is heartwarming, yet ultimately quite hollow. Stories that deeply move people, and make a real difference, must possess balance, with realistic fear or pain or loss to make the positive aspects truly powerful. This is a written for a young audience, but that does not justify saccharin. Kids can appreciate, and actually need, this balance.
There was one brief interlude by the character Miranda that borders on some realistic balance. I wish the rest of the book had the real heart glimpsed in these few pages.
I had hoped this would be a powerful, moving, and transformative story; instead it is a simplistic positive story.
I had heard a lot about this book and how wonderful (no pun intended) it was. So, it was with a grain of salt that I downloaded the audio to listen to. After the hype, this book had a lot to live up to.
Auggie Pullman is an exceptionally bright kid. He has been homeschooled up to now because he was born with a severe facial deformity. Now, however, as he is about to enter the fifth grade, his parents want him to try going to a real school. They bring him to Beecher Prep. This is a private school where the headmaster is very welcoming and assures Auggie and his parents that he will fit in. He is introduced to three current students: Jack, Summer, and Justin. They are to show him around the school.
And so begins Auggie's great adventure. The book follows Auggie through his year at Beecher Prep with a series of first person narratives. The story is told from several viewpoints including Auggie, his sister Via, Jack, and others. With each different point of view, we see deeper inside the various characters. It is not just Auggie with his physical deformities that needs a deeper insight and understanding.
I listened to the audio version of this book and was struck by the way the narrators, Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd, were able to make each character come to life with a distinctive voice--both literally and figuratively. It made the listening experience much richer for me.
This one is definitely destined to wind up in my classroom library. I give it my highest recommendation.
The narration for August was so annoying! I was happy to not have to listen to that voice anymore when it was over.
At first I did not want to read this book, as the back seemed so BORING. Finally, I tried it, and it was AMAZING. It had perfect insight into a young boy's feelings, and at times I found myself crying or grinning ear to ear. Great read that I highly recommend to everybody, big or small.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
This book is so much more than Auggie's point of view. You get the perspective of others and I think that made the book so much more. It gives you a lot to think about.
This book was amazing. I laughed, I cried! This book gives an excellent perspective as to how we interpret circumstances and how when we limit transparency our relationships are surely affected. The main character in this book is in 5th grade so the target audience is our kids. This book however opens the doors for great conversations with our children about real life exposures, joys and struggles with family, school and friends. Highly recommend this book and am so happy to have read it!!!