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Wonder is a novel about a 10-year old boy named Auggie Pullman. He has been homeschooled all his life, but when he turns 10, he goes to school for the first time ever. It’s hard for him because kids are mean to him and judge him just by looking at his face. But Auggie doesn’t let that bother him or get in the way of having fun with his friends.

At the beginning of the story, Auggie believes he’s just like any other kid, but he knows that people don’t run away screaming when they see him. He has already had 27 surgeries to try and correct his genetic condition. Even though he claims that it doesn’t bother him, his sister Olivia is visibly upset whenever she sees people staring at them wherever they go. But Auggie faces another challenge when his parents force him to attend Beecher Prep—and this time, he might not be able to handle it as well as in the past.

Auggie initially feels betrayed by his parents, but he eventually agrees to go to school. The other students and teachers are shocked at Auggie’s appearance; however, he takes it in stride because this is nothing new for him. He makes a friend named Jack Will who sits next to him in every class. Summer Dawson also becomes a close friend of Auggie’s as they share their love for playing games together. Although Auggie has made friends, he has also made an enemy out of Julian who bullies and annoys him throughout the year.

In the book “Wonder”, Auggie is a boy who has been home-schooled by his mother ever since he was born with an extreme facial deformity. On Halloween, when most children dress up in costumes for fun and candy, Auggie dresses as himself because he doesn’t want to be judged for how he looks. Jack Will mocks him behind his back while wearing a costume of his own, and this hurts Auggie’s feelings. He stops going to school after this incident but eventually returns after Via convinces him that it isn’t worth letting bullies win. Later on, Jack Will stands up against Julian (Auggie’s bully) and punches him in the face because of what he said about Auggie during their argument. When other students find out about this fight between Julian and Jack Will, they start bullying Jack Will instead of Auggie because they don’t like anyone standing up to them; however, some people stand up for both boys—Summer (Jack Will’s girlfriend), Via (Auggie’s sister) and even Mr Browne (the teacher). As time passes by, more kids join forces with Summer and become friends with both her brother Auggie and boyfriend Jack Will. Eventually everyone becomes kinder towards Auggie which makes Julian lose all his supporters at school including Ms LaCrosse who used to love picking on him just like everyone else did before she realized that being nice works better than being mean.

Auggie, a 10-year-old boy with severe facial deformities, receives an award during graduation for his quiet strength and inspiring kindness throughout the school year. Now everyone knows him for who he is as a person rather than what he looks like. His mother explains that there will always be bad people in life, but the good outweigh the bad. Auggie’s school year proves this point because his presence inspired so many people to become better individuals themselves. At the end of “Wonder”, Auggie’s mom thanks him for being such “a wonder” to everyone in his life.

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A boy named August Pullman was born with a facial deformity. He has always been homeschooled, but his parents have decided to put him in public school. They take him to meet the principal of the private school where he’ll be attending and they’re introduced to some kids who will be in his grade. One boy, Jack Will, is nice, but another one named Julian is rude.

Auggie settles into his new school and makes a few friends. He also gets teased by other kids, but he feels like it’s just something that happens in middle school. Eventually, the teasing stops after everyone gets used to Auggie’s face. On Halloween, Auggie overhears Jack say that if he looked like Auggie, he would kill himself. However, Jack is unaware of this because Auggie was wearing a costume at the time.

The story switches to Via, Auggie’s older sister. She starts middle school at the same time that Auggie begins high school. Unlike her brother, she doesn’t get much attention from their parents and is often pushed aside in favor of him. Grans was the only person who put her first before she died.

Via is struggling with her social life, since she no longer has any friends. Her mother seems more concerned about Auggie’s day than hers. Via feels neglected and becomes a loner at school. She joins another group of kids who are not as good as the old ones but also not as bad either. On Halloween, Auggie comes home early claiming to be sick and refuses to go trick or treating with his sister. He reveals that he was bullied by Jack last year on Halloween which caused him to get sent away for a month in summer camp for therapy and counseling sessions after the incident occurred again this year. Via convinces him that he must move past such dilemmas so that bullies won’t affect his future happiness and success at school because there will always be mean people around even if you don’t want them there; they just simply exist like germs floating around us all the time waiting to infect someone else’s existence when given an opportunity through our own actions towards them (bullying).

Summer is Auggie’s new friend. She doesn’t want to hang out with him because Mr. Tushman told her to, but she wants to be his friend anyway. They become friends right away and their families get along as well. Summer eventually realizes that Jack was the one who hurt Auggie by saying something mean about him at school, so she tells Jack what he said, but not before giving him a clue: “Bleeding Scream.”

The next section is told from Jack’s perspective. He remembers when Mr. Tushman first asked him to be friends with Auggie, and he was surprised by how different Auggie looked in comparison to other students at the private school they attended, especially since his family did not have a lot of money.

Jack is sorry that he got caught up in the social dynamics of his grade. He wants to be friends with Auggie, but Julian tells him that it’s not worth it. Jack gets angry and punches Julian in the face, which starts a series of apology letters involving Mr. Tushman and Jack, as well as Jack and Auggie. Eventually they make up again after winter break, but when they return to school there is a war against them because most of their classmates are on Julians side.

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The story then switches to Via’s boyfriend, Justin. He has just met Auggie and is amazed at how perfect the Pullman family seems in comparison to his own broken-up family. Since he enjoys spending time with them, he also gets cast as a lead in their school play, Our Town. Via’s old friend Miranda gets the female lead role while she will be an understudy for her role.

The Pullman family has been getting along extremely well since the beginning of the novel. The students have stopped teasing Auggie at school, and his sister Via even gets to perform in a play with her friend Justin. However, things take a turn for the worse when it is discovered that their dog Daisy is sick and must be put down. This loss causes Via to forget about all her problems, and she goes on to do an amazing job in the play—a role which was supposed to go to Miranda but fell into Via’s hands because Miranda got sick right before opening night.

Miranda has been avoiding Via since school started, because she lied a lot at summer camp and pretended to have an ill brother in order to become popular. She misses Via, but on the opening night of their play she fakes becoming sick so that Via can go onstage instead. This gives both girls a chance to patch up their relationship.

The final section of the novel switches back to Auggie. The fifth grade goes on a retreat at a nature reserve for three days: this is Auggie’s first time sleeping away from home. Things go great until the second night, when the students are watching an outdoor movie. Jack and Auggie go into the woods so that Jack can pee; while there, they encounter some older kids who make fun of him and try to hurt him. Luckily, Henry, Miles, and Amos come to his rescue.

The incident with the puppy makes Auggie extremely popular. He finally has friends and is comfortable in his own skin, so he’s able to face school without fear. The novel ends with him realizing how far he’s come since the beginning of school, and having a solid group of friends that love him for who he is.

Part I: August

The main character, Auggie, starts the story by saying that he knows he’s different. He was born with a facial deformity and people have stared at him his whole life. His parents and sister defend him but after experiencing so many uncomfortable reactions, he has become used to it and no longer feels like an outcast. However, most of his friends left when Christopher moved away and started making other friends.

Auggie is about to start fifth grade, and this will be his first time at a regular school. He’s worried that he won’t fit in or make friends, but his parents are supportive of him going to the new school. His mother has always home-schooled him, so the idea of attending public school for the first time is intimidating for Auggie. However, his father worries that Auggie isn’t ready and doesn’t want him to go off like “a lamb to slaughter.” In fact, Mr. Wills reveals that he only wants what’s best for Auggie and doesn’t want anything bad happening because of how different he looks from other kids. The principal secretly gives Auggie an IQ test (without telling anyone) and it turns out that Auggie is very smart; therefore getting admitted into the gifted program at Beecher Prep School would be a good choice for him.

Mom takes Auggie to school so he can meet his teacher and other students in his class. Mom is nervous about the meeting, but Mr. Tushman explains that Auggie will be fine at Beecher Prep Middle School. The three kids in Auggie’s grade take him on a tour of the campus, showing him where he’ll have homeroom and lunch. It turns out that Julian asked what happened to Auggie’s face; Charlotte scolded Julian for being rude; Jack defended Auggie by saying something about how people shouldn’t judge others based on appearances alone. When they get home from school, Mom says she was surprised that Julian would ask such an insensitive question while Jack defended her son; meanwhile, though, it becomes clear to both of them that August really wants to go back tomorrow.

Auggie starts school and goes to his homeroom. He’s nervous, but he gets along with everyone in the class. There is one kid named Julian who asks Auggie about Star Wars characters. At first, it seems like a normal question, but then Julian makes fun of him for having facial deformities that look like Darth Sidious from Star Wars.

In English class, Mr. Browne teaches the fifth graders precepts — rules and mottoes about extremely important things. Each month, he gives a new precept to his students, which they write down in their notebooks. Many of those students come up with their own precepts over the summer and send them back to him when school starts again.

Lunch is a challenge for Auggie. He doesn’t know where to sit, so he sits alone. Surprisingly, Summer comes over and sits with him. They joke about their similar names and wonder if they should have a special lunch table just for them. When he gets home from school that day, Auggie tells his mother that it wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be. That night, Dad cuts off the Padawan braid while Mom reads The Hobbit to him until he falls asleep crying because of how ugly he is compared to other kids his age.

Auggie makes it through September, hanging out a lot with Jack Will. Auggie has become close friends with Jack and enjoys spending time with him. For his birthday in October, Auggie’s family throws him a bowling party for his entire homeroom class as well as Summer to make sure no one feels left out. Only a few kids come because the rest of the kids don’t want to get too close to Auggie since they’re scared that they might catch whatever he has. At school, there are rumors going around about what happened on stage at Showcase Week and people have been avoiding getting too close to Auggie so they won’t catch any germs from him or something like that.

Halloween is approaching. Auggie decides to be Boba Fett from Star Wars, because he loves Halloween and wearing costumes helps him pretend he’s someone else. But when his mom works hard on his costume the night before, he changes his mind and wears a different costume instead to school.

Auggie is a boy who was born with facial deformities. He’s very sensitive about his appearance and avoids people as much as possible, so he doesn’t have to face the fact that he looks different from other kids. One day, though, Auggie goes to school and some of the kids start making fun of him in front of everyone else. They say they only hang out with him because their teacher told them to do so at the beginning of the year, but they think it would be better if he wasn’t around anymore because then they wouldn’t look weird by association. Auggie realizes that these mean comments are coming from Jack (a kid dressed up like a mummy). The next time someone makes fun of you for something you can’t control (like your height or weight), think about how hard it must be for Auggie when everyone stares at his face all day long just because it looks different than theirs does!

The first section of the book introduces us to Auggie and his family, as well as all the other kids who will be important in the story. We see that they’re outsiders at school because of their physical appearances. This is where we meet Auggie, along with his sister Via and brother Jack.

Even in the first chapter, Palacio establishes that Auggie will face a lot of obstacles and challenges. She also shows his courage to overcome those difficulties. He is very brave for going to a real school and interacting with children who are not always kind to him. This is hard work, but it’s important for him to show bravery like this because many kids don’t have this opportunity.

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The book is written from the point of view of Auggie, who has a facial deformity. Palacio knows that most people don’t suffer from this condition and she wants to make sure readers understand how it affects Auggie’s life. She does this by writing about his thoughts and feelings. This lets us know what he’s thinking and feeling, which is important because we wouldn’t be able to see that otherwise since we can’t see inside someone else’s head. It also shows us that he’s just like everyone else on the inside, even though he looks different on the outside.

There’s a huge contrast between how people who know Auggie and those who don’t. Those who do tend to see beyond his deformity and get to know him for the person he is, while others form an opinion of him based on how he looks. However, first impressions aren’t always accurate; Auggie has so much more going for him than just his appearance.

Palacio illustrates how children can be cruel to those who are different, and she also shows that some children have a remarkable capacity for kindness. One example of this is Summer, a student who immediately takes an important step to make Auggie feel welcome. She serves as a model both for the other characters and for readers. At first Jack seems like he’s kind too, but it turns out that he may be worse than we thought.

Mr. Browne’s precepts are lessons for students to follow, but they’re also subtle reminders of the way people should behave towards others. The precepts are important because they apply to Auggie’s situation and serve as morals for readers too.

Auggie’s cutting off his braid is a small scene that symbolizes his desire to move forward in life. He’s also letting go of the Star Wars obsession he had as a child, which represents taking the next step towards maturity. Wonder will be about Auggie’s first year at school, and this scene shows that he wants to grow up and move on with his life.

Auggie has grown accustomed to the cruel reactions of others. However, he is still hurt when Jack, someone who used to be his friend, treats him differently because of his face. This shows that people act in different ways depending on their company and environment.

Part II: Via

The novel switches to Via’s perspective, who talks about how she has gotten used to her family revolving around Auggie. She says that she does not mind this situation because it is normal for her. However, this setup means that her needs and problems often take a back seat.

Violeta talks about how she never saw Auggie the way others did. She didn’t understand why people reacted so strongly to him, even when they first encountered him. The only time her perspective changed was after spending a month with her grandmother in Montauk. On returning home, she realised that some of the things she thought were unusual about Auggie weren’t really all that strange — at least not in New York City. After this revelation, Violeta began to see Auggie as other people did for just a moment or two before seeing him through her eyes again (she could never stop looking at his face). When Violeta returned from Montauk, Grans died of a heart attack two months later and Via was devastated because their relationship had been special in its own way: Grans told Violeta that no one loved her more than anyone else in the world (not including Auggie) because both girls needed an angel watching over them too much.

Via wonders what Auggie thinks of all this and how he sees himself when he looks in the mirror. She thinks it’s important that her family help him grow up, since he has to face the real world.

Via’s new school is completely unfamiliar with her situation. Only her former friends know, and they’re not likely to talk about it. In particular, Miranda has always been kind to Auggie. She was the one who gave him his astronaut helmet when he was younger.

When the three friends were in middle school, they used to hang out all the time. Now that they’re in high school, Miranda doesn’t tell Via about her summer camp experiences and the two girls don’t see each other until their first day of class. When Via sees Miranda again for the first time since their last year of middle school, she notices that she has a new hairstyle- it’s short with bright pink highlights. The girls also realize that during their summer break, Ella and Miranda hung out without including Via. On the first day of classes at high school, Miranda’s mother was supposed to drive Via home but instead secretly took a subway home herself because she wasn’t comfortable around her old friend anymore.

Auggie and Via are both very upset after the first day of school, because they don’t want to talk about it. Via believes that Auggie has lost a part of himself by cutting off his Padawan braid. Mom is supposed to come talk to her about her first day, but she falls asleep in Auggie’s room instead. Via remembers seeing Mom standing outside of Auggie’s room like an angel watching over him, and wonders if this happened before with herself as well.

Via shares a bit about her family background. Her father’s family is European Jewish, and her mother is from Brazil. The two met at Brown University and have been together ever since. Via has searched records to see if any relatives had the same condition as Auggie, but she hasn’t found any traces of it in the family history. It scares her that she carries the mutant gene and will pass it on to future children if they have kids together.

Via:  Dad’s side of my family were all doctors or lawyers, so he wanted me to be a doctor or lawyer too; I was supposed to wear pearls every day—that kind of thing (laughs).

Via and Ella have left Miranda at school, so Via hangs out with Eleanor instead. She gains entry to the “smart-kids’ table” through her. Halloween arrives, and Auggie comes home from school upset because he is too sick to go trick-or-treating. Via coaxes him into telling her what happened; she does not quite manage to make him feel better about his problems at school, but she does get him to go trick-or-treating.

Auggie says that he does not want to go back to school because of the bullying. Via tells him that quitting is not his style and she reminds him of all the other things he has done, such as starting a club at school. She tells Auggie that kids who bully are ignorant, so they cannot hurt him if they do not know what they said to make Auggie feel bad; she also reminds him that Miranda called and told her about how much she cares for Auggie even though Miranda no longer hangs out with Via anymore.

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The first section of the book gave readers an inside look at Auggie’s life, and how he goes through each day. Now, subsequent sections will take a step back from Auggie’s mind to show his story from other perspectives. Via gives us that perspective since she knows him well and loves him despite his facial deformity.

Via is someone who has been affected by Auggie’s condition, but she doesn’t want to be treated differently. She wants to feel like part of the family, but she also feels guilty about wanting attention because her brother has gone through worse struggles than she has.

Although Grans never appears directly in the story, readers learn a lot about her through Via’s descriptions of her. She reminds Via that she is important and loved, and that someone cares for her even when everyone else is focused on Auggie. When Grans dies, this validation disappears from Via’s life.

In a previous chapter, Via insisted that the Pullmans needed to stop babying Auggie and instead help him grow up. She says they can’t continue to protect him from the real world. This is an example of how Wonder is a coming-of-age novel because it’s about helping Auggie mature into adulthood. Readers will see his character change dramatically over the course of this book.

Meanwhile, Via is going through her own issues. High school is a time of turmoil for everyone; she’s trying to deal with Auggie and all the other changes in her life. She has to move on from old friends and make new ones at school. Losing Miranda and Ella means that Via doesn’t have their support anymore, so she’ll have to rely on herself instead. She’ll grow up just like Auggie did over the course of the novel, coming of age just as he did too.

Via’s section fills in information that Auggie’s opening section did not provide. Readers learn more about how Auggie looks and the Pullmans’ family background, which gives a fuller picture of the world he lives in and his experiences.

Via and Auggie have an important relationship in the novel. As his sister, Via is able to give Auggie advice that adults can’t provide him with. Via knows what it’s like to deal with cruel classmates and vicious rumors because she went through them herself. She convinces Auggie to go trick-or-treating and return to school after he overhears malicious remarks about himself: when dealing with school situations, Auggie clearly values her judgment.

Part III: Summer

The novel switches perspectives from Auggie to Summer, the girl who sits with him at lunch every day. She recalls how she felt sorry for Auggie on his first day but now enjoys talking with him because he’s fun.

Summer, a girl in the seventh grade, is invited to a Halloween party by Savanna. Summer’s friends are also at the party: Ximena and Ellie. Everyone else in their class has begun dating, but Summer doesn’t have any interest in doing that. She thinks it’s strange that people her age are already thinking about relationships and boyfriends/girlfriends. Savanna tells Summer that Julian likes her (Savanna knows this because she asked him), so if she stopped spending time with Auggie he might ask her out on a date. This statement bothers Summer; when she gets home from the party, she calls up her mother and leaves early without telling anyone why or what happened at the party.

Summer tells Savanna that she has a crush on someone other than Julian to get her to leave her alone. Auggie finally comes back after being absent; Summer knows something is wrong. She tries to get him to talk about the Egyptian Museum project that has been assigned, but he does not seem excited about it at all. Instead, he tells Summer that she does not have to pretend and be friends with him because they do not really like each other anyway. He thinks Summer was pretending just so she could hang out with Jack and his friends on Halloween night, when they were supposed to go trick-or-treating together as friends. Summer insists that she wasn’t pretending and was genuinely happy for their friendship before everything happened between them in October of last year (when Auggie got mad at her for telling everyone what happened between him and Jack). She promises not tell anyone else if he promises never accuse her of lying again or trying too hard for attention from others ever again.

Summer invites Auggie to her house. She warns her mother in advance about his face and talks to him about it when he arrives. The two friends then talk about where people go when they die, with Summer saying that she thinks souls get a do-over after death on earth as new people. When she asks if there’s anything wrong with his appearance, he tells her what happened and how the condition was caused mostly by mandibulofacial dysostosis but that other factors played a role too.

Auggie and Summer hang out a lot over the next month, often going to each other’s houses. Auggie’s parents get along well with Summer’s mother as well. The day of the Egyptian Museum exhibit arrives, and everyone dresses up in themed costumes, because they’re pretending to be Ancient Egyptians. A boy named Jack asks her why Auggie is mad at him; she tells him a clue: “Bleeding Scream.”

Summer has been Auggie’s friend since the beginning of school. She is one of the only kids in his class who treats him with kindness and respect, even when others are cruel to him.

Summer does not treat Auggie any differently because of his facial deformity. She doesn’t run away from him, nor does she go along with the crowd and avoid being his friend. Summer is compassionate toward Auggie, helping him after he’s bullied by Jack Will. In a similar situation where someone has an unusual appearance or some kind of challenge that others are avoiding, readers should be as accepting as Summer was to Auggie.

Summer is having problems of her own. She’s in the middle school and fitting in with everyone else seems to be most important. Summer knows that she has to spend time with Auggie, but it makes her unpopular because other kids don’t want to hang out with someone who always talks about his brother. It’s a difficult choice for a middle schooler, but Summer does what she thinks is right by standing up for Auggie even though it makes her unpopular at school.

The discussion Summer and Auggie have about death is extremely important. Auggie feels that he’s more than his ugly face, which gives him a measure of hope. He wants to believe that he could somehow escape the confines of his body and be reborn as someone who looks different, but on the inside he’d still be himself. This idea assuages his fear that people will always see him for how he looks. Wonder explores complicated themes in this novel by considering how our bodies are connected to our souls.

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Summer is a very compassionate person, and she feels bad for Jack that Auggie doesn’t want to be his friend anymore. She gives him the clue he needs to figure out what went wrong between them, at which point we must wait and see whether Jack tries to fix things with Auggie.

Part IV: Jack

The story switches to Jack Will, who remembers getting a call from Mr. Tushman in August asking him to help the new boy, Auggie, feel welcome at school. Initially, Jack is opposed to reaching out; he recalls seeing Auggie for the first time when they were five or six years old and being immediately afraid of his face after Veronica — the babysitter for him and his little brother Jamie — rushed them away quickly and scolded them.

Jack’s mother wants Jack to treat Auggie the same way he treats everyone else. This is because she knows that even though middle school kids can be mean, they’re not usually mean to people who look different than them.

Jack decides to spend time with Auggie, and he gets used to his face. He thinks that Auggie is actually a pretty funny kid. Eventually, Jack realizes that he wants to be friends with him on his own accord. However, when Jack does not understand the “Bleeding Scream” hint from Summer, he becomes frustrated.

The first snow of the winter came right before Thanksgiving, so Beecher Prep closed early. Jack’s Dad took him and Jamie sledding on a damaged wooden sled that Jack repaired at home: he ended up having fun with his friends. When school resumed after the holiday break, Jack wanted to tell Auggie about his new toy but decided not to because their friendship was still strained.

Jack talks about his background in the next chapter. Though he goes to private school, Jack’s family is not rich, and they live in a bad neighborhood. It’s strange for him to interact with some of his wealthier peers, like Julian. When Jack tells Julian about his new sled one day, Miles mentions that he found an old junk sled at the hill before; however, it turns out that this was actually the sled that Jack took from home.

In a science class, Jack suddenly realizes that what Summer meant by “bleeding scream” was actually “beating scream,” which means beating someone up. He recalls how Auggie overheard him talking to Julian on Halloween night and realized that he must have heard his cruel remarks about Auggie. He feels terrible for what he said to Auggie and says the words out loud in front of everyone in class. The teacher then pairs Jack with Auggie for a science project, much to Julian’s dismay since they are no longer friends. Julian continues to torment Jack about their pairing, saying that he could switch partners if he wanted and claiming that it is not necessary for them to be friends because Jack doesn’t need any freaks as friends anyway. In response, Jack punches Julian right in the mouth without giving it another thought.

Jack is sent to Mr. Tushman’s office after punching Julian. Mrs. Will and Mr. Tushman are both surprised that Jack did something so aggressive, but they have different explanations for the incident: Mr. Tushman thinks it was an isolated incident, while Mrs. Will thinks that Jack is angry at Julian for telling on him about hitting August (the boy with cancer). They agree to let Jack stay home from school until winter break (so he can cool off), and then allow him back in school without any repercussions when the new year starts up again in January

The next chapter consists of apology letters between Jack and Auggie’s mother. The two boys, as well as Mr. Tushman at Beecher Prep, apologize for the way they acted towards each other when they first met.

When Jack returns to school, he realizes that the girls are talking to him more than usual. He finds out that Julian is trying to get everyone against Jack so that the guys will stop hanging out with him. In the cafeteria, some of the kids avoid sitting with Jack and pretend like they don’t know who he is. Finally, Summer tells him that it’s nice for her because she knows what it feels like when people ignore you or act as if you’re invisible.

Summer is making a list of students who are on her side in the “war” against Jack. She thinks that Charlotte made the list because she likes him, but he says that he will not ask her out and agrees with Summer’s view that they’re too young to be dating. He goes over to Auggie’s house for the first time to work on their science project together, where Via brings home her new boyfriend Justin.

This section is important, because it gives Jack’s side of the story. The novel has portrayed him as a villain since the end of its first section, but that may not be entirely true. Via and Summer both have strong opinions about what happened between Jack and Auggie, but this passage reveals that their opinions are based on incomplete information. In fact, perhaps there’s more to Jack than meets the eye.

Jack realizes that it is not only jerks who hurt Auggie’s feelings. Even nice kids are insensitive to his needs because they don’t understand how difficult middle school can be for someone who looks different.

The author also adds another dimension to this story by introducing socioeconomic tension. Even apart from the usual challenges of middle school, friendship and romance are hard for Jack because his family is not as well off financially as some of his classmates’. The events surrounding the sled offer an example of how Jack’s status sets him apart from his classmates even though he handles the insulting remarks about the sled with as much grace as he can.

Jack punches Julian, which is a turning point in the story. It proves that Jack finally realizes what he’s done to Auggie and wants to make up for it by defending his friend. He does this by punching Julian, so now everyone knows how much he appreciates Auggie.

In the middle of this section, there are letters and texts that give readers insight into characters’ minds. This format is interesting because it allows us to see what Mr. Tushman and Julian’s mother think about Auggie, which we wouldn’t know otherwise. Palacio also uses this format to show how parents react to the situation at Beecher Prep; Mrs. Albans writes a letter criticizing how they’re handling things with Auggie, which makes their conflict even greater than before.

The friendship between Jack and Auggie in the novel Wonder is a microcosm of real-life experiences. School can be just as hostile as the outside world, especially when it comes to friendships. The way people are friends with each other can become an issue like it did for Jack in this case study. He will have to handle things carefully if he wants his true friendships to remain strong.

Part V: Justin

This section focuses on Via’s boyfriend Justin. He is very informal, and he doesn’t capitalize his words. He recalls meeting Auggie for the first time and being surprised by him because of how different he was from other people that Justin had met before. Then, he talks about Via; they have been dating for two months when this part of the book opens, and he knew right away that he liked her a lot.

After meeting Auggie, Via took Justin to her room and told him that some people would never come back for another playdate. However, Justin says he is not freaked out by Auggie and seems convinced that Via believes his words.

For Valentine’s Day, Via makes a messenger bag out of old floppy disks for her boyfriend Justin. He tells her she should be an artist. She wants to be a geneticist and help people like Auggie with conditions like his. They make plans for him to meet her parents at a Mexican restaurant on Valentine’s Day. He is nervous because he has tics when he gets stressed, but everything goes well and the Pullmans are very excited about meeting their daughter’s boyfriend; they even ask about the music that he plays

Justin is then taken to the Pullmans’ house by Mr. and Mrs. Pullman, where he meets their daughter Via and her dog Daisy. Justin loves the family’s warmth and affection for each other, as it is very different from his own family background—his parents are divorced, which means that he does not have a close relationship with either of them.

Justin and Via are in a school play. They’re performing the classic drama Our Town, which is about life in a small town. Justin is going to audition for one of the lead roles, but he doesn’t think that his chances are good because the other boy who’s auditioning has more experience than him. However, he does get the role of George Gibbs. Meanwhile, Via did not get any part at all, even though she had wanted to be in it very much. This was probably because she did not want people staring at her if she were chosen as an actress. Finally, they found out that their school was planning on doing The Elephant Man instead of Our Town, but then switched back just before opening night.

One day, Justin leaves the Pullman house at the same time as Auggie’s friend Jack. They go to a subway station together and then wait for the bus. While they are waiting, Jack asks Justin if he can borrow a dollar so that he can buy some gum. The kids who were walking by start laughing at him because they think that it is weird that Jack wants to hang out with someone like Justin instead of his “cool” friends from school named Julian, Henry, and Miles. After this incident happens again later in the week, Justin tells Jack not to just ignore what his friends say about him but instead tell them how much he likes hanging out with Auggie and why they should be nice to him too (Justin).

During rehearsals, Justin gets to know Miranda better. He is surprised when she asks about Via’s brother because he did not know that they were friends. She tells him how she has known Auggie since he was a baby and shows him a picture of Auggie in an astronaut helmet from her wallet. Jack confronts Via to ask why she didn’t tell him about her past friendship with Miranda, but Via says that it doesn’t matter because people change over time.

Justin and Via argue, and Via gets emotional. She does not want her parents to come because she is afraid of Auggie being there. If he is at the school, everyone will know about him; as it is now, no one knows about him except for people in her class.

In the final chapter of his section, Auggie reflects on how he’s different from other kids. He thinks that maybe it’s because he was born with facial deformities and everyone else is normal. However, this isn’t true since there are many people who are born with conditions like his but aren’t treated as well as he has been. The universe does take care of its most fragile creations in different ways; for example, it gave Auggie a loving family after all. This gives readers a better understanding of Auggie’s character and the Pullman family dynamic through Justin’s point of view.

Via’s section is important because it allows the reader to get to know her better. Via has been defined by Auggie for so long that she feels invisible. She now has a boyfriend who gets to know her in addition to knowing about Auggie, which makes her feel like both parts of her life are being acknowledged and appreciated. Justin calls Via Olivia rather than Via, which shows that he fits seamlessly into both the school world and the home world of Via’s family.

Daisy is an important character in her own right. She helps Auggie and his family to feel better when they’re feeling down. Daisy was adopted by the Pullmans, who love her very much. The narrator observes how she brings them together because of their love for her. Dogs are great companions; they give unconditional love to everyone, even if someone looks different than others do.

The school play is an important plot device that will lead to the main character’s reunion. We see this when Justin and Miranda get to know each other, and he discovers her connection with his girlfriend. One message that Wonder conveys is that there are always two sides of a story. So far, we’ve only seen Via’s side of things, but we haven’t heard from Miranda yet.

Via is trying to be the new person she wants to be in her new school, but she still feels guilty about wanting to separate herself from her family. She’s also feeling bad for pushing away her little brother. Justin can’t help Via work through this problem; Via has to figure it out on her own.

Until this point, Auggie has been portrayed as an extremely unlucky kid. He’s had to face a lot of hardship and intolerance because of his facial deformity; it seems like the universe is not kind to him. However, Justin reminds readers that there are infinite ways in which one can be lucky, and Auggie is luckiest in the best way possible: he has a loving family that supports him no matter what. Many people don’t have such families or even close friends. Palacio emphasizes family by making Justin so important to Auggie’s life.

Part VI: August

Jack and Auggie are doing a science project. They’re using a potato to power an LED lamp, but they get an A for their work. At the science fair, Jack is uncomfortable because all of the other students’ parents look at him instead of his project.

The war between Jack’s group and Julian’s group continues, so they start leaving each other notes. In the middle of March, Jack and Auggie invent a fake girl named Beulah who supposedly has a crush on Julian. They leave notes from her in his locker. As time goes on, though, people get tired of this game and stop buying into Julian’s ideas or playing the Plague game behind Auggie’s back.

Auggie has been aware that he would have to wear hearing aids someday, but it’s still a big change. He didn’t like the idea of wearing them at first, because they’re large and clunky and attached to a headband. However, when Auggie turns on his new hearing aids for the first time, he is amazed by how well he can hear things with them! Because of this experience, Auggie decides not to make much of an issue about wearing his hearing aids when he goes back to school.

Auggie’s mother was not happy that Via did not tell her about the school play. Auggie asked his parents why she didn’t want him to go, and they tried to say it wasn’t for kids his age but he realized that Via wanted them to have a private moment together. He ran upstairs and waited for his mom, who never came up. Instead, Via went up and told him Daisy was sick again so he needed to come see her before she dies.

Daisy is old and has been having health problems lately. She’s clearly in pain, so Auggie’s parents think it might be time to say goodbye to her because they do not want her to suffer. Via and Auggie hold each other as Mom takes Daisy to the emergency vet for treatment.

Justin comes over to the Pullman house soon after Auggie’s dog, Daisy, dies. His parents had taken her to a vet and discovered that she had a huge mass in her stomach; they decided not to put her through any more suffering because of it. When Justin arrives at the house, he realizes that Auggie is crying about his dog. It has never happened before—his father has never cried in front of him—but tonight is different. The whole family is upset about losing their beloved pet and are distraught by what they have done (putting Daisy down). Even though Auggie knows it was for the best, he still feels sad when he goes to bed that night thinking about his dog.

One night, Auggie wakes up and goes to his parents’ room. He apologizes for what he said earlier about Daisy, and asks if she’s in heaven with Grandma now. His mother says yes, but that no one looks the same when they get to heaven. It doesn’t matter how you look there; everyone is accepted as they are.

Via eventually gets her parents to go to the school play, and they bring Auggie along. The family is shocked when Via ends up playing the lead role rather than Miranda.

The play was great, and the actors did a fantastic job. Via and Justin were especially good. The Pullmans went backstage to congratulate them, and they all fawned over Via. They congratulated her on being Miranda for the performance — she had no time to tell anyone that she wasn’t really Miranda. Then Mr. Davenport looked at Auggie for the first time, but he froze when he saw him because of his facial deformity (which is why we can’t see it in this passage). Later, though, someone else hugged Auggie from behind: it was actually Miranda!

The last few sections have been dedicated to describing Auggie’s struggles from the perspectives of people around him. Now, readers get a chance to see how he has grown and changed over the course of his months in school. When it comes time for Auggie to present his science project at school, he is not comfortable with all the attention on him — but that doesn’t stop him from doing well.

Auggie is just like any other kid. He gets nervous and self-conscious when he’s put on display, especially because the older kids make fun of him. It’s interesting that the parents are even more so than the children—they treat Auggie as though he were some kind of unusual zoo animal. This shows that compassion and tolerance aren’t necessarily learned with age; it takes a lot of work to be tolerant.

The contrast between the children’s and parents’ treatment of Auggie is evident. In school, Auggie is treated better than he was at home. The other students have stopped playing along with Julian’s crazy “war” antics and have instead begun to accept Auggie as one of them, just like any other fellow student. Age doesn’t necessarily breed compassion; familiarity does. By spending time with Auggie, the other students learn that people who may look different on the outside are often not so different on the inside.

Auggie is a character in a coming-of-age story. Over the course of this book, he matures and learns to deal with his disability more effectively. One way he does that is by learning to accept his hearing aids as part of himself instead of something that makes him different from others. He realizes that it’s important for him to do what works best for him, even if other people have strong opinions about it. After getting used to wearing them, Auggie finds himself sensing the world differently — both literally and figuratively — than before.

Daisy’s death is a major turning point in Auggie’s life. Daisy was always there for him, and now she won’t be. She represented his childhood and comforted him when he needed it most. After her death, Auggie will have to grow up without her, but she’ll still be with him in spirit as he moves on with his life. This event helps the Pullman family understand how important they are to each other despite their disagreements over the years.

Auggie’s mother mentions that she thinks he would look different in heaven, and it seems to be the same way as when Summer said they’d be reborn. This shows how Auggie wants to be known for something other than his face. He doesn’t realize yet that he is slowly changing people’s opinions of him at school.

The last scene in this section takes place at school, where Via finally gets the recognition from her family that she has been craving for so long. It appears to be Miranda’s doing because the next section is about her perspective.

Part VII: Miranda

The perspective switches to Miranda, who hasn’t been a very important character until now. She talks about the previous summer when her parents got divorced; since her father started dating another woman right away, she thought that was the reason for the divorce. After that, she hardly saw him and her mother became distant.

Miranda went to camp that summer even though she did not want to, and hated the experience. She knew no one there from previous years, so she decided to make up a story about her life. One day, she told people that she has a little brother who is deformed because it seemed like an interesting thing to say. Miranda knows it’s wrong but felt entitled because Auggie had been part of her family for most of his life.

Miranda has changed since the summer. She used to tell a lot of lies, but now she is telling fewer lies and people like her more because they think that Via did something to hurt Miranda’s friendship with Ella. However, it was actually Miranda who betrayed Ella by not including Via in their group anymore. During the school year, Miranda doesn’t see much of Via because she’s busy with other things (like making new friends). But even though they don’t hang out as much during the school year, nothing really changes between them; both are still good friends and talk about everything together.

Miranda joins the theater elective because she sees Via’s name on the list. She then lies to Mr. Davenport, saying that her family cannot perform The Elephant Man because of a birth defect in her little brother. After Mr. Davenport switches to Our Town, Miranda auditions for Emily and wins over Via, even though they were once friends.

Via’s friend Miranda misses her friendship with Via and wishes that she could still hang out with the Pullmans. One day, she calls Auggie to say hello; he is now going to a regular school. He tells her about his new friends, and that Via has been missing them too.

The opening night of the play arrives, and Miranda’s family is not there. She is upset because she has worked hard to prepare for her role as Viola in “Twelfth Night”. Her boyfriend also cannot attend. However, Via’s whole family comes to the play, so Miranda decides that she will switch roles with Via.

The play was good, even though one of the actors made a small mistake. After the play ended, Miranda found Auggie and ran up behind him to hug him. His parents spotted Miranda and invited her out for dinner with them to celebrate the show’s success; at first she was hesitant but then Via came up, put an arm around her, and insisted that she join them. For once in a long time, Miranda felt happy.

Previously, we learned about Via and Miranda’s falling out from one side—Via’s. However, after learning Auggie’s story about his friendship with Jack, we understand that Jack isn’t so bad after all. This shows us that there are always two sides to a story. Wonder does the same thing in his section when he tells us what happened between him and Via; it gives us more insight into their relationship by showing both sides of the argument.

Just like Justin, Miranda has family issues that make her life difficult. The Pullmans are a close-knit family despite the fact that one of their children is different from the others. They have remained intact as a family and are able to love each other more because they’re together. This closeness makes it easier for Miranda to feel comfortable around them, even though she doesn’t come from such a loving environment herself.

The main character, Miranda is a teenager who lies to make herself more interesting. This is a common problem for teenagers, but what makes her different from the others? She uses her brother’s condition (being born with facial deformities) as an attention-grabber and something that separates her from other people. Her personality and behavior are different because she has grown up in this family environment where she’s always been around Auggie.

Even though Miranda has tried to cut off all ties with Via, it’s clear that she misses her. She often thinks about their time together and wishes they could be friends again. Despite the fact that she’s moved on, Miranda still values the relationship she used to have with Via, so much so that she’ll participate in theater just to see her.

In the final part of the chapter, Miranda proves her worth by helping her friend Via. She gives Via a chance to shine and impress the other Pullmans at dinner, which is what Via has been craving all along — in all aspects of her life. Afterward, Miranda goes back to being friends with Via just as Auggie forgave Jack for stealing his spotlight during a performance of Peter Pan. This underscores how forgiveness is an important aspect of friendship found throughout Wonder.

Part VIII: August

In a time when Auggie has to leave his comfort zone, he and some of his classmates will go on a five day trip in the woods. This is something new for him. He’s nervous, but it’s also exciting.

Auggie wants to shake off his Star Wars image. He’s in middle school, and he doesn’t want people to single him out for being a nerd because of his love for the franchise. His mother helps him pack up all the things they think he’ll need on this trip, but Auggie has second thoughts about bringing Baboo (his stuffed bear). After thinking about it overnight, he decides that if Mom misses him while he’s away at camp she can cuddle with Baboo herself.

Auggie is relieved that Julian won’t be coming on the trip because he doesn’t want to deal with his attitude. The students go hiking and then camp out for the rest of the day, enjoying themselves by a fire at night. Auggie writes to his family about how much fun they had, but they will not get to read it until after he returns home.

The students go to an outdoor movie in the reserve. They lay out their sleeping bags and get there before anyone else. The movie starts, but they don’t watch it for long because Jack needs to pee. There’s a huge line so they decide to use the bathroom outside.

When Jack finishes and he and Auggie try to leave, they run into a group of older kids who smell like firecrackers and cigarettes. These kids shine a flashlight at Auggie’s face (and call him names) until Henry, Amos, Miles show up and tell the older kids to back off. The leader grabs Auggie’s sweatshirt hood (pulls him down) but then Henry pulls Auggie by the arm away from the fight

The Beecher Prep group keeps running until the older kids are far enough away. Henry, Amos, and Miles tell Jack and Auggie that they had seen the guys before, so they knew that the older students were there. Auggie and his companions realize that they have ended up in the cornfields, and try to head back towards the movie. However, things get worse when he realizes he’s lost one of his hearing aids during their escape from those bullies. He starts crying because he can’t hear well without them (and it’s hard for him to communicate), but even Amos tries to comfort him out of sympathy.

The next day, everyone talks about what happened on the bus and is concerned for Auggie. The nature reserve reimburses Auggie for the cost of his hearing aids; Mom fusses over him when he gets home. Dad brings a big surprise: a puppy that they name Bear. They play with it all day, remembering how they used to spend time together like this before Via left for college.

Auggie returns to school, and notices that things have changed. He is now known for his bravery in dealing with what happened during the trip, and Henry, Miles and Amos are happy to welcome him back as one of them. Only Julian still treats him badly because he missed everything that happened on the trip. Just before Auggie’s last day of school Mr. Tushman calls him into his office to talk about Eddie’s hearing aids being found in Eddie’s locker at his old school. After a few questions from Mr. Tushman it becomes clear that Auggie doesn’t want to press charges against Eddie for stealing them from his locker or even using them without permission while they were camping together because he feels like if he does then everyone will think it was all just a big joke and nothing really bad actually happened when they were away at camp after all so why bother pressing charges?

Mr. Tushman reveals how aware he was of everything that went on at school and praises Auggie for handling the difficult situations well. Mr. Tushman also informs him that Julian (Auggie’s friend) will no longer be returning to Beecher Prep next year because his family is moving out of state, which relieves Auggie as he will have more friends around now. Towards the end of their last English class, Mr. Browne gives them a book assignment to write down their personal precepts by summer’s end so they can reflect upon themselves throughout this time and gain self-knowledge from it all before they start high school in the fall.

Auggie is graduating fifth grade the next day. He gets a haircut, which makes him look more grown up. In passing conversation, Dad admits that he threw out that old astronaut helmet Auggie used to wear when he was younger because it covered his face too much and made him feel uncomfortable about himself. This upsets Auggie, but Dad insists that he could not stand seeing Auggie cover his face with an object just because of how it looked; instead, Dad wants Auggie to love himself for who he is and not what others think of him.

The students take their seats for graduation, and Mr. Tushman gives a speech about the importance of being kind no matter where you are. There is a reading of the Honor Roll, which Auggie receives, and Beecher Prep announces other academic excellence awards for Ximena Chin and Charlotte. Summer wins gold in creative writing, which makes Auggie very happy. The final award is the Henry Ward Beecher medal to honor someone who has been exemplary throughout his or her school career with courage, kindness, and friendship. This year’s winner is Auggie Pullman because he showed great courage by standing up to face his classmates after he was born with facial deformities that caused him to have multiple surgeries on his nose as well as wear an eye patch over one eye (the result of losing sight in that eye). He also showed kindness when he befriended Jack Will from across the street who had leukemia even though Jack eventually died from it; however, they remained friends until Jack’s death at age 11 years old three weeks before Christmas during Winter Break—the same time Auggie started kindergarten at Beecher Prep. Finally, he displayed friendship when he stood up for Jack against Julian Wells who called him names like “loser” and “freak”.

Everyone is happy for Auggie. He has a lot of support from his classmates and friends. They take pictures together, and they all congratulate him on winning the election. His family also congratulates him, and they start taking pictures with everyone to celebrate the occasion. Eventually, everyone in class comes over to get their picture taken with Auggie so he feels like he belongs there now that he’s won the election. Jack’s and Summer’s families come back to Auggie’s house as well so they can celebrate together as a group. Mom thanks Auggie for everything he has done because she knows it means a lot to them all—especially Dad who was worried about what would happen if Auggie lost the race. She says that even though it seemed impossible at first, things turned out great in the end because of how hard Auggie worked for them all.

The final section returns the story to Auggie’s perspective. It is important for readers to see how much he has changed over the course of his first year at school, and this section illustrates that quite well. In this passage, it is evident that Star Wars isn’t as important to him anymore; instead, he has matured in other ways. He recognizes that it is okay for people to know about his love of Star Wars.

Auggie’s success at the sleep-away trip shows that he is able to function without his family. This change indicates that Auggie has grown up, as a child who feels comfortable enough with himself and his friendships can leave home behind. Naturally, Auggie will return to familiar surroundings after the trip ends — but now he’ll do so with friends instead of just his parents.

The fight in the woods is a pivotal moment because of how Auggie handles it. He does not let insults get to him, and he also has learned from his experiences with Henry, Miles, and Amos. They have all grown up by realizing that they shouldn’t judge someone before getting to know them.

Although some people are more accepting of Auggie, others won’t change. Julian is one of those people who will always be cruel and rude to Auggie and doesn’t care what other people think. However, that’s not the only message this book conveys; it also teaches us that we don’t have to include everyone in our lives if they’re mean or rude to us.

In any novel, a graduation is symbolic of moving on from one stage to another. At the core, it represents new beginnings and development. In “Wonder,” Auggie grows up so much over his first year at school that he graduates as proof of his efforts at fitting in with others. The award that he receives is a confirmation of overcoming adversity and rising above immature opinions by teaching everyone the power of kindness and acceptance.

The book ends with the narrator’s mother calling Auggie a “wonder.” The word encompasses how he changed so many people’s lives. It also captures his inner power, which is that of courage and kindness. He has become something exceptional by the end of the story despite being just like everyone else — a normal kid.

Wonder Book Summary, by R. J. Palacio
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