August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has averted him from going to a mainstream academy. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing further than to be treated as an ordinary sprat but his new classmates ca n’t get once Auggie’s extraordinary face. Beginning from Auggie’s point of view and expanding to include his classmates, his family, her swain, and others, the perspectives meet to form a portrayal of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. In a world where bullying among youthful people is an epidemic, this is a stimulating new narrative full of heart and stopgap. Palacio has called her debut new “ a contemplation on kindness ” — indeed, every anthology will come down with a lesser appreciation for the simple courage of fellowship. Auggie is a idol to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you ca n’t blend in when you were born to stand out.