Look in the mirror. What do you see? Your face, right? Now you might not think that’s extraordinary, but what if you were born without a face? Or what if your face came out all mixed up? Don’t think it can happen? Then meet August Pullman. Auggie (as his family calls him) was born with a rare combination of facial deformaties that placed his eyes too low on his face, basically no ears (just holes and a flap), a minuscule chin and scrambled teeth. His deformities and the resulting surgeries prevented from attending school like other kids, until now. It’s time to start middle school (5th grade) and Auggie is ready to meet the world, or is he?
The story starts out being told from the perspective of Auggie, but then shifts with chapters told from the point of view of his sister, her boyfriend, classmates, and others. As a reader you are able to enter Auggie’s world, feel the sting of bullying and cheer as Auggie and others discover it is what’s on the inside of a person that truly matters. How does this happen? Does everyone magically change overnight? Not hardly. But read the book and you’ll never judge anyone by their appearance again!