The sixth grade book club met again today to finish up our discussion of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. In our previous meeting, we’d focused on the main character, August, a boy with a deformed face going to a mainstream school for the first time.
This time, our discussion focused on the characters around August: how they feel about him, and how their lives are impacted by his circumstances. We noticed how humor helps alleviate tension for all concerned, and how things that may seem unfair–such as August’s sister never getting the same quality of attention from their parents–become the reality for the characters in this story.
In the end of the meeting, we had our most fun and spirited exchange, where we all got to reflect on whether we’d want to have August in the 6th grade at BCS (we would!) and how getting to know him in this book gave us insight into ways that we ourselves feel different and gives us fresh perspective on the differences of the people around us.
The meeting was attended by superstar readers Asante, Barrington, Kyah, Briana, Angellus, and Mel-Asia!
Next up: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Brooklyn author Adam Gidwitz. We’ll meet once before the winter break, and then finish up our discussion early in January!