R. J. Palacio's Wonder is an example of how everyone is unique and extraordinary. The main character, Auggie, is born with a facial deformity and dreams to be an "ordinary" boy. Throughout the novel, the reader begins to see Auggie through the other's characters' eyes. With the completion of Wonder, Auggie learns he is unique and special to the world and his peers recognize him with a heart, brain, and great strength. This novel would be great to be used in the classroom. One activity that could be done is asking students to write one unique aspect of their classmates that they admire. Another activity is for students to identify the character they relate and why they relate to the character.
Reading Level: Lexile 790L