Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Thought-provoking stories of kindness and friendship.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Children find practical, everyday applications for the advice and moral guidance from adults and peers. There's some insight on physical conditions and cognitive abilities. Strong lessons on kindness, consideration, and taking responsibility.

Positive Messages

Each protagonist develops a more expansive perspective and makes important realizations about himself and the people closest to him. Wonderful, realistic lessons on forging connections, understanding the difference between being nice and being kind, handling remorse, working to maintain friendships, and not making assumptions about other people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each child wrestles with difficult, nuanced emotions and embraces the lessons learned. Caring, attentive adults handle themselves well even in trying circumstances, serving as wonderful mentors for children. One kid's parents are ridiculously entitled and protective, but their faults are made obvious and they, too, come to terms with uncomfortable truths.

Violence

Retelling of student getting punched by another. Adult recalls fleeing from German soldiers during the Holocaust and the death of a friend in a concentration camp. Parent is injured in a collision. Child recalls day her father died in an accident.

Language

Insults typical of middle school students: "jerkface," "freak," "turd," "heck," "dirtbag."

Consumerism

References to apparel brands, video games, media, food, and toys.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories is a collection of short tales spun off from R.J. Palacio's bestselling Wonder. Auggie, a student with severe facial deformities who anchored Wonder, appears briefly but is not the focus of this companion book. Each story is told from a different perspective: a bully, an old friend, and a new classmate. Characters who seem at times unkind are treated with empathy: Their cruelty isn't excused, but the stories help explain some of the reasons people behave in ways they know are unkind.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written bySara O. May 21, 2018

Watch out for “the story” from the grandmother

My seven year old read this independently, up until the chapter that graphically describes a scene of a child losing a parent and someone being shot in the Holo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 22, 2016

Socially Educational

Good story about fitting in and pre-teen life. Great social messages, I really enjoyed it. P.s read the first book (Wonder) first!
Kid, 12 years old April 23, 2016

:)

This is a great book, just as good as it's sister book Wonder. It shows other sides of the wonder story, which are important for younger kids to here.

What's the story?

AUGGIE & ME opens with Julian, who sheds light on why he targeted Auggie and how it affected his relationship with students and adults and Beecher Prep. After leaving school, he spends the summer in Paris with his grandmother, who shares a story that has a profound effect on Julian. The second story follows an extraordinary day in the life of Christopher, who is Auggie's oldest friend but has grown distant from him. And the final story centers on Charlotte, one of Auggie's assigned "welcome buddies" and her doubts and successes as she tries to find friendship amid the shifting terrain of middle school relationships.

Is it any good?

This collection of three stories is a thought-provoking read that may well encourage readers to see classmates, friends, and family in a new light. More of a spin-off than a sequel to the much-acclaimed Wonder, it digs deep into themes of kindness, friendship, accountability, and integrity with a deft understanding of middle school social drama. Auggie & Me follows three students in vastly different circumstances learning important lessons about relationships: Julian confronts his own cruelty and his enabler parents, Christopher acknowledges his selfishness and the work needed to stay close to important friends and family, and Charlotte expands her circle to embrace new friends.

Author R.J. Palacio has a gift for understanding the pressures of middle school. As in Wonder, some characters and situation seem a little too shiny and happy to be true. But they're presented with such sincerity and faith in the basic goodness of people, it's hard to take issue with it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how these stories intersect with Wonder. Do you like the way author R.J. Palacio expanded the storytelling here, or would you have preferred closer ties to the original novel or a more central role for Auggie?

  • Julian is a bully in Wonder. Does hearing more from his perspective change your view of him?

  • If you've read Wonder, pick another character you'd like to hear from and try writing fan fiction from that character's point of view.

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