August (Auggie) Pullman has a facial birth defect. He has been home schooled while going through multiple surgeries for his cleft palate. Now that he is 10, he heads to school for the first time. Auggie learns to deal with teasing, bullying, and kids who want to be his friend but give in to peer pressure and make fun of him.
His sister Via is also having a hard time starting high school. Her friends have changed and she no longer knows where she fits in. She loves her brother, but struggles with jealousy over the attention Auggie gets from their parents.
Luckily, they both have loving parents who adore them, friends who stand by them through thick and thin, and each other. This year is guaranteed to change all of their lives.
I really enjoyed this book. Although it dealt with a difficult subject, it did so in a compassionate and realistic way. Auggie was a strong character. He is funny, smart, charming, and kind, but also dealt with the real feelings of embarrassment, anger, and feeling sorry for himself. Via loves her brother, but also deals with feelings of embarrassment, resentment, and guilt.
This is a great book for 10 +. It is a great jumping off point to think about peer pressure, how we treat others, and learning to feel comfortable in our own skin.