Wonder: Ordinary (Ch 1) - Names (Ch 31)

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Wonder: Ordinary (Ch 1) - Names (Ch 31)

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Tue May 01, 2018 8:04 am

In this post we'll be discussing chapters 1 through 31 of Wonder.

We'll be including a short prompt in every post to get you thinking but you are more than welcome to ignore or adapt them. We'd love to hear absolutely anything that occurs to you while reading (however small) just so long as it's HOL-appropriate.

The first chapter of the book is titled "Ordinary". Auggie's parents say he is extraordinary. In which ways is he ordinary and extraordinary?

Please remember to include spoiler tags when discussing specifics.

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Re: Wonder: Ordinary (Ch 1) - Names (Ch 31)

Postby Shiloh Adlar » Wed May 30, 2018 1:26 pm

I'm going to put this whole thing in spoilers just to be safe even though I don't think I'm giving out a lot of spoilish information, it's still somewhat spoiling? I hate that word by the way.

Although I was bullied for other reasons than August is "bullied," I still feel for him a lot in this book. I can empathize with a lot of what he is feeling even though our thoughts were quite different. So far this books has its funny moments and also moments that make me so angry, not at August, but the people around him.

I think August is ordinary in the ways that he, like every other child, likes certain things like Star Wars or really likes science. He also worries about his first day of school. He gets mad at his mom like ordinary children do from time to time. He makes jokes, too.

He's extraordinary in the way that he's trying to push through the uncomfortable-ness of the situation at school. He begins to come out of his shell (or helmet I guess), little by little. From the essay he writes in the book, he must be an intelligent child even if he has only been homeschooled until now. And even though things at the end of this part seem to be going downhill, I have this feeling that he's going to push through them and surprise everyone.
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