5 Stars - Read March 7, 2013
Auggie has an extreme facial deformity and has been homeschooled his entire life - until now. He's now entering the 5th grade - at an actual school for the first time. Faced with strange looks, whispers and passive-aggressive bullying, and a sister who is trying her best to distance herself from him at her new high school, Auggie will prove that "you can't blend in when you were born to stand out."
I fell in love with Auggie instantly. I cried the tears only a mom can cry any time he was in pain and had my heart nearly burst with happiness at other times. This is a book that breaks the age barrier. Young kids should read it since to learn compassion and the old lesson "do not judge a book by its cover". Adults should read it just because it's goooooooooooood.