Title: Pluto: A Wonder Story
Author: R J Palacio
Pages: 82 pages
Wonder told the story of August Pullman: an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face, whose first year at school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him.
Pluto looks at Auggie’s story through the eyes of his best and oldest friend, Christopher: who has been with Auggie right from the start, shares his love of space, Star Wars and the planets, and knows better than most that being part of Auggie’s life comes with its challenges.
Poignant, surprising and utterly heartwarming, this is a must-read for the thousands of readers who loved Wonder.
I absolutely loved Wonder. I thought that is was an important book and one that sends a brilliant message. It didn’t really fully resonate with me until last year when I had to wear medical dressing on a large part of my face due to a virus which affected my skin. It was then that I realised how much we ignore the “different”. I still have to wear some dressing now (a year later) but one of the biggest kicks that I get is when a young person asks me why. They are curious about differences and unfortunately we live in a society that is so quick to tell our children not to stare, not to ask questions, don’t make anyone feel uncomfortable. And whilst this is one way of handling things, Wonder – and indeed the subsequent sequels – make you realise that most people are willing to explain their differences and once that curiosity is gone you often find acceptance there.
That is the magic of RJ Palacio’s work.
With Pluto, we focus on Auggie’s friend Christopher. Christopher has grown up not knowing any difference with Auggie. Over and above everything else Auggie is his friend. He isn’t something weird to be scared of, he isn’t there for ridicule. He is just his friend. However, their friendship is put to the test when Christopher moves away from New York and they struggle to maintain the constant contact that they have previously had.
What Christopher learns in this book is that it doesn’t matter what others think of you or your friends, it is what you think about yourself that counts.
Another wonderful story from RJ Palacio
Pluto: A Wonder Story by R J Palacio is available now.