Wednesday, October 15, 2014

K10: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.

This week, please welcome Mallory! Mallory is the daughter of one of my bookclub members, Gretchen. All of Gretchen's kids love to read, and have even joined our monthly bookclub and offered a perspective from the younger generation.

Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

My name is Mallory, I'm 12 and I love vanilla ice cream.
What book did you read and why did you choose it?

I read Wonder, because my librarian recommended it.

Can you describe this book in one word?

In one word, I would describe Wonder as inspirational.

What was your favorite part of this story?

My favorite part of the story was when it was Summer's point of view when she says she first sat with August because she felt sorry for him, but then later she started sitting with him because they had actually become friends.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?

If I had a similar problem, I would try to have my personality make up for my face, and I wouldn't be mean because then people would think I was a mean person with an ugly face. I'd also try to make the best I could of the situation.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?

I would say to my best friend, "Hey, you should check out this book I'm reading. It's really good!"

What do you think about the book's cover?

The book's cover was interesting how it didn't show the whole face and features, so it could make you imagine what August's face would look like.

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?

Yes, I would like to read another book about these characters, because the author writes really well, and I really like how he wrote from the different perspectives so you could get a taste of how each character was taking in the situation.

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?
Out of My Mind reminds me of this book because everybody looks at the main character in this book the way the characters in Wonder look at August, and nobody gets what she's thinking.

If you could ask the author one question about this book what would it be?

If I could ask the author a question, I would ask, "What happens to Julien and August - do they ever see eye to eye?"

For more on Julien's perspective, check out R.J. Palacio's latest work: Wonder, The Julian Chapter!

*** Thank you, Mallory! Awesome perspective on an amazing book! ***

About Wonder by R.J. Palacio:
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

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