Wonder with The Julian Chapter by R.J. Palacio.
Wonder is a classic book. It tells the story of 12 year old August who suffers from severe facial disfigurement that many people find horrifying. His face looks like it has been melted onto his head. When he goes to school for the first time he evokes a number of reactions from children and adults. All of these people told their story of August in the first publication. Except Julian.
Julian was nasty to August. he called him names, sent him horrible notes, generally bullied him and started off a game called Plague. If you touched August you had 30 seconds to wash your hands or you died. And whats more he thought it was a laugh, he couldn’t see that he was at fault in any way. Nor could his parents.
August didn’t want to go back to school, but his brilliant parents made him go back and the book is just wonderful as we share his first year in school.
Julian now tells his story in a 99 page chapter inserted at the end of the original book and I can tell you it is outstanding and makes for compulsive reading. I don’t want to ruin it for you but it deals with acknowledging responsibility, with parental guidance, with great teachers, with remorse, and with the humanity of it all.
Does a mistake define your life for ever? Julian is about to find out and so are you.
Don’t just read Julian’s chapter do yourself a favour and read the book again. I can tell you the story told by Julian’s grandmere within Julian’s chapter, will melt your heart.
This book is for everybody. My review of the original book is on this blog.
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