Monday, February 4, 2013

Wonder review and new blog!

Okay I told you I would give you my review on this book once I read it. You HAVE to read this book, especially if you work in the upper grades. I picked up the book from the library last Friday and had it finished yesterday afternoon. With a little boy who hasn't been feeling very well and doesn't want me to put him down, that's REALLY quick! Now I need to buy my own copy because this is a book I've got to have.

This link is to Amazon where the book is $8.89, which is the best price I found considering it's hardcover only right now.

Anyway, the book is about a boy, Auggie, who is terribly "deformed". He's been in and out of surgeries his entire life, but he just looks weird. His outer ears aren't existent, his eyes are out of place, and so on. Auggie has always been home-schooled, but his parents decide it's time for him to enter the "real world" as a 5th grader. The principal has three "good students" chosen to welcome Auggie into the school and take care of him, but kids are kids! There are many parts in the book where I wanted to yell at a child, but there are plenty of others where I was so proud that I wished they were my own students.

My favorite line in the book is at the very end. Auggie makes a precept that is so perfect, I may have to make a sign to post in my room. "Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world." So sweet!

Alright my other item of business today (hehe, I just wanted to say that) is that my real-life best friend has started her own blog yesterday, and I'm SOO excited! Her name is Amanda, and she teaches 1st grade, although she spent 5 years in kindergarten. We both are kind of equally obsessed with Mo Willems and the pigeon, so she cracked me up when she texted me to see if I was okay with her blog title being Teacher at the Wheel. Of course! Go show her some blogging love. She's awesome, and I know she'll have some great ideas to share!

What are you waiting for? Go read this book!!! And if you teach upper grades, please read it to your kids! Oh, and of course, go follow Teacher at the Wheel!


  1. Isn't it awesome when you have real life blogger friends? LoL. I'm your newest follower, drop by. =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  2. I CANNOT wait to read Wonder. I am on the waiting list for it at my local library, but I may have to break down and buy it. The anticipation is about to do me in! Everyone says it is amazing.

    Eclectic Educating

  3. I've been hearing good things about Wonder! I think I will have to check it out.

    Heading over to check out Teacher at the Wheel. :)

    Lattes and Laughter

  4. I really want to read this! Saw a book trailer at an inservice last week on Eat the Book.

    Young Daze in 5th Grade

  5. You DO have to read this book! I tell my kiddos to choose kind everyday.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  6. One of the fifth grade teachers at my school keeps raving about this book; it's on my pinterest book list!

  7. Finally read it Saturday! Definitely glad I did. A MUST read for 5th graders. My whole class is excited about it...think we're going to share read together.

  8. I found your blog through the Five for Friday linky party. I love the title of your blog. You've piqued my interest in this book. I'm definitely going to pick it up to read. Sounds like a great book to read with my fifth graders. I'm your newest follower.

    Teacher of Scholars