10/10/2012 11:21 am ET

'Wonder' Is the Best Kids' Book Of The Year

The book that has moved me most in the past year is "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. It’s the fictional story of August Pullman, a 10-year-old with a very different-looking face -- the result of a chromosomal abnormality and an illness—and his journey from the nest of homeschooling to the wilds of middle school. I listened to "Wonder" with my husband and my 9- and 12-year-old sons on a summer camping trip, and we spent hours mesmerized by the story and talking about the characters. Auggie knows that his appearance shocks people; he’s confronted constantly by that reality. Still, he’s got enough confidence to try to make friends.

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