I picked this book up while subbing this spring from a 5th grade teacher's desk to read while the kids were gone for art class. I'd seen some students reading it throughout the year and was curious. Wow! It was a really good book. All of the 5th graders who saw me reading it said the same thing. I really love how R.J. Palacio wrote the book from multiple perspectives. It's hard to do that well, but she did it perfectly. She was able to move the story line forward and yet continue to circle back to past events to reveal another character's feelings about it.
This is a coming of age story about Aggie Pullman, but it's really not the typical coming of age story. It's much stronger and more poignant. Let's just say that what he goes through has a hugely positive effect on a lot of other people as well, and he's not the only one who grows up.
This book was written for young adults, but the lessons in here will affect adults as well. Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
Have you read anything else lately that I need to read?