August “Auggie” Pullman has had 27 surgeries to correct facial anomalies he was born with, but he still has a face that has earned him such cruel nicknames as Freak, Freddy Krueger, Gross-out and Lizard face. His facial features look like they’ve been melted, like the drippings on a candle. When August begins middle school, he is nervous because he cannot even walk down the school corridor without being the subject of stares and cruelty. This book gives a realistic look at the frankly brutal reality. It manages to be about a person with an unlucky and rare syndrome, who we love not out of sympathy but out of love for him. Auggie may be finding his place in the world, but that world must find a way to make room for him, too. Indeed this is a memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.

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