This young adult novel by Raquel J. Palacio is an inspiring story of a boy who is different and learning where he fits in at school.
August is a boy with a disability that he has had from birth. He has had numerous surgeries but he still looks very different. He has been homeschooled all his life until middle school. he struggles to find where he belongs in the schools social group but ends up finding a few genuine friends along the way.
This book is a really good book. It gives readers an insight on how it feels to have a disability. People make assumptions about how people must feel all of the time, but this is actually how some people feel. I think this book shows us how focused on appearances we as humans can be.
This book shows that you should never judge a book by its cover. It is also a really good reminder that physical disabilities and mental disabilities are not the same. Many people assume that physical disabilities means that they have mental disabilities as well, but that is not true.
The overall theme of this book has a lot to do with not judging someone based on their appearance. It shows that kids can be really mean and your stares and whispers do not go unnoticed. It is a very influencial, eye-opening book that I will have on my shelf.