Written by R.J. Palacio
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (February 14, 2012)
August is a typical 10 years old. Except he was born with a facial deformity. August looks little different than others, so he was homeschooled all his lives. August is a ordinary kid but with extraordinary face. August wants what all other kids do in their lives, like friendship and freedom.
Wonders is the best book that honors diversity. People tends to think that only culture or race applies for the word diversity, but disability is also another spectrum of diversity. I think this book is beautifully written to talk about the life of kids with disability, and gives messages that disability does not matter. When I reading this book, I thought about what is the standard for “ordinary”. I think that criteria is just made up by human being to judge another human being. Young middle age readers must read this book once in their lives.
Interview with author: http://www.npr.org/2013/09/12/221005752/how-one-unkind-moment-gave-way-to-wonder
Representation of disability people on media: http://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy/media-issues/diversity-media/persons-disabilities/concerns-about-media-representation-disability