I read Wonder back in 2012 and loved it (read myreview). In it we learn about what 5th grade at Beecher Prep is like for August Pullman, a boy who has undergone countless surgeries due to his birth defects. I have reread it twice, and it has touched me each time. Auggie's voice captivated me, and it was fascinating reading what his year was like for a few other important characters.
I was excited to see Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio. I knew I had to read it and find out what was going on with some of the other characters I hadn't heard from yet. In Wonder we see his classmates through Auggie's eyes, and now we get to hear from the bully, Julian, his old best friend, Christopher, and Charlotte, who he met when he toured the school. Each story fills in gaps and shows us that there really are two sides to every story. We start with Julian, and it's no surprise that we get some insight behind his mean treatment of Auggie. We also get to see shortly past the end of their 5th grade year. Christopher has know Auggie since birth, and we find out what it was like being friends with someone who needed to have so many surgeries and how their friendship changed over the years. Lastly, Charlotte sheds light on other drama and social occurrences that were happening throughout the year that we didn't know about from Auggie.
Back when we reviewed Wonder we were lucky enough to interview R.J. Palacio. To find out more about the story behind the story check out what she had to say.
Has anyone else read Wonder or Auggie and Me? We'd love to hear your thoughts!