When I read R.J. Palacio’s Wonder about ten years ago, I was struck by Auggie Pullman’s choice to dress as Boba Fest for Halloween. If you’re a kid like Auggie, you could choose any character to be, preferably one that covers your face like that astronaut helmet, because you’re self-conscious about how you look, and people are not always kind.
Recently I read the new juvenile fiction novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio, about a boy born with a facial disfigurement who is about to enter public school for the first time.
I was on a team with two others, Paige Horst and Katie Estes, cohorts of a graduate class in teaching young adult literature. Our goal was to create a book trailer for Wonder. We focused on the motif of space and the universe in the novel.
I recommend Wonder for adults and children. It’s a great message about kindness.