Born with several genetic abnormalities, 10-year-old August Pullman, called Auggie, dreams of being “ordinary.” Inside, he knows he’s like every other kid, but even after 27 surgeries, the central character of “Wonder” bears facial disfigurations so pronounced that people who see him for the first time do “that look-away thing” — if they manage to hide their shock and horror.
“Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse,” he says of his face as the book begins. He’s used to the stares and mean comments, but he’s still terrified to learn that his parents have gotten him into middle school at Beecher Prep and want him to go there rather than be home-schooled. But they persuade him to give it a try — and by the time this rich and memorable first novel by R. J. Palacio is over, it’s not just Auggie but everyone around him who has changed.
New York Times
Mr and Mrs Twit are two ugly, smelly, nasty, stupid people who spend their lives playing nasty tricks on each other.
Mrs Twit, who uses a walking stick, does not like children. They enjoy treating animals with cruelty, by luring birds to glue-smothered trees so that they can be baked into bird pie, and by tormenting their pet monkeys, Muggle-Wump and his family, by getting them to stand upside down, one on top of the other.
One day, the arrival of the Roly-Poly Bird from Africa allows the monkeys and the surviving birds to get the revenge that they have craved for years.
Scarlett’s in trouble at school. Again. With black fingernails and dyed ketchup-red hair, she’s not your average twelve-year-old Londoner.
So her mum-sick of trying to get her into another school-ships Scarlett to her father’s cottage in Ireland.
Having to learn Gaelic in a one-room schoolhouse and enduring a new stepmum and younger stepsister is just too much.
Scarlett wants to leave-until she meets Kian.
He seems too good to be true with his dark, rugged looks, kind nature, and horse named Midnight.
As Kian helps Scarlett let go of her anger, she begins to accept her family, her friendships, and most of all, her dreams.