the characters in wonder are very interesting, and relatable, but all oh so different! August is the main character and has had a face deformation since birth, resulting in him being home-schooled all his life. “He was sent off to Middle school like a lamb for the slaughter.” (p.10) We get to see what being the new kid at middle school is really like. He’s come to terms with being stared at and all the unwanted attention he attracts and it shows just how tough and courageous August is. The character’s capture readers of all ages attention and entices them to read Wonder, not once but over and
Most generally, people remember that one disappointment, that one time where they felt betrayed by their family and peers. In the case of the small boy in Gary Soto’s The Jacket, he feels let down by his mother, friends, teachers, and many other peers. Due to the embarrassment he receives from a new guacamole-green jacket with yellow lining, this boy turns depressed. Teachers, friends, and other kids at school all revile against him just due to his appearance and how he dresses, which in this case he cannot control. From disappointment to mockery, this young boy faces much persecution, lost friends, disrespectful teachers, and an incompetent mother; his feelings toward the jacket rash, leading to several unpleasant instances, which therefore
The novel Freak The Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick is about two disabled boys named, Kevin Avery, nicknamed “Freak”, who is physically handicapped but very intelligent, and Maxwell Kane, a large, very slow, but kind-hearted boy. Together, they use valuable life skills that are efficient and effective in getting through hard times in life, as the world is very difficult for them both. When the two are alone, life is a challenge, and they face big hardships at school. Kevin is suffering from a disease called the morquio syndrome, which affects his metabolism. Max is suffering from dyslexia, which affects his reading. However, there are many clues in the story that show that Kevin and Max are not troubled by their disabilities and that their teamwork is useful.
Pop Art, a story written by Joe Hill, draws you into a friendship between a 12-year-old boy and an inflatable. Within the first few moments of the story it is apparent that they are both very different from the rest of society, but come together due to their common misfortune of having no other friends. The bond is very unique due to the character’s obvious differences. Not only are they both physically diverse from one another but they are also very different spiritually. In the end however the only true thing they have in common is death and that is what makes them close. One of the first things the reader may recognize in this story is the use of foreshadowing. The way Art is talked about suggests that he no longer lives or is no longer connected to the narrator. In this story, Joe Hill demonstrates not only the hardships of growing up in a broken home, but also how one friendship can allow one to overcome the fear of death and loneliness.
Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006) is a tragic story of a father and son’s struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The novel follows the father and son as they travel down ‘the road’ towards the coast, struggling with the world around them, which has dissolved into absolute nothingness. Very few people have survived the collapse of society, and the ones that have are savages and killers, doing what they can to stay alive. Seeing that all of the other survivors are turning into appalling and gruesome people, the father and son coin themselves the “good guys,” because they are not interested in hurting any of their fellow survivors. McCarthy never explicitly states the names of the father and son, nor specifies
In Cece Bell's graphic novel, El Deafo, she shares a her story using humor about the difficulty of growing up with a hearing loss. She comes down with meningitis and Cece’s impairment makes her different than her classmates and friends. While she did have a hearing aid it was still difficult for her to decipher word without lip reading. Throughout the novel readers learn about the communication struggles that Cece faced.
Imagine… Not being able to walk down the street without a sea of faces, scared and afraid, some laughing… Imagine. The sharp points of index fingers, like guns, shooting bullets of humiliation, embarrassment and indignity. The novel Wonder by RJ Palacio is written about a boy with a severe deformity: Treacher Collins syndrome. (TCS) This boy, August Pullman, experiences these horrific situations every day. Wonder demonstrates how August Pullman draws strength from his family to overcome numerous challenges, to experience unconditional love. Wonder also demonstrates how other characters such as Miranda and Olivia (August’s sister) Draws strengths family to overcome challenges and accept themselves. If one wants to understand the concept of love, the book Wonder by RJ Palacio clearly illustrates the importance and the positive and powerful influence of family.
In the novel Wonder by R.J Palacio, a number of symbols help to show Auggie's journey as he goes through the struggles of school. The different symbols and how they represent Auggie's journey are referred to throughout the novel. Auggie's masks, his Padawan braid and the universe are all used to symbolise his journey.
Every second of everyday people go through surgeries which sometimes end up in unpredicted symptoms.”Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes is about a 37 year old man, named Charlie Gordon who has a mental disability. When taking a part of an operation/experiment to gradually escalate. Before Charlie had the IQ of 68 but with help of the surgery, he gains the capacity to see the world how it really is. Charlie was better off when he took the surgery because he now has the knowledge to see how people are when it comes to somebody who is different that they are. Also, he gains visual intelligence when finally seeing a image on a card. But after the surgery he becomes depressed because the surgery was not the dramatic break of a man becoming a genius with a surgery. He pushes everyone away he loved due to the operation being a failure.
Thirteen is an odd number in everyone's lives, as it's the age where social norms and people themselves change the quickest. James Howe's Jeremy Goldblatt Is So Not Moses is the story of Jeremy Goldblatt, an outcast among his peers, coming of age to face his Bar Mitzvah and the expectations of his friends and family. Jeremy has always been a bit different, and some teenagers see different as a bad thing. All he wants is to be accepted, and his Bar Mitzvah is the first big step. The story itself is heartwarming, if a bit far-fetched, following a youth facing down adversity with the power of kindness and friendship. The story's excessive sweetness and makes it difficult to relate to, but the many literary devices are used and used well,
Thomas Foster, a professor at the University of Michigan, taught literature and writing. He was born in West Cornfield, Ohio, and living in such a small town caused him to become very associated with books. In 2003, Foster published a book, How to Read Literature like a Professor, written in second person. The book is written as a guide for readers to know the parts of nonfiction books. It teaches young readers how to include important elements into their stories. The chapters cause readers to connect to books and movies that they have read and seen before. The novel, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio has many obvious connections to the book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor. When reading Wonder, readers can identify a questor, the importance
The story begins with a little girl who describes her life through her observations. We then learn her name is Ezperanza.
Books are the ideal way to introduce a reader to the many morals of the human society. In the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Ender, is drafted by the international fleet to lead multiple fleets of ships in combat against an alien species, but he does not realize that he was drafted for that purpose. Ender is sent to Battle School, where he becomes a true archetypal leader, and he gains many valuable friends that help him along the way. At a hidden asteroid, Ender begins what he believes are simulations, but really is the Third Invasion. After he destroys the alien species, he is told that it was all real and he breaks down. The valuable lessons that Ender learns from this victory helped make the book such a successful one that won
The central idea of the story is to never let anything stand in your way of doing what you love. Amare Leggette is an 8 year old boy, who has been blind his whole life. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and attends Charlotte’s Eastover Elementary school. To start off, Amare began his love for reading and education at a very young age (not letting his problem of being blind get in the way). He could talk in full sentences just at the age of three, and could name all the 50 states at age five! Next, Amare didn’t do all of this alone. Since Kindergarten, he has had help from his teacher Holly Jeffries, who he has been fortunate enough to work with over the years. Finally, There’s nothing Amare loves more than books! He loves reading books