Have you ever done a book exchange?
I did one and it was with my teacher!
We both had a book that we wanted to share. I wanted to shared the the book ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ and my teacher wanted to share ‘Wonder’. I learned more new vocabulary words and morals. Most importantly I read a book that I probably wouldn’t have found by myself.
I will tell you about the book, ‘Wonder’. The main character is a boy named August, with a very unusual face, who is going to “real” school for the first time in fifth grade. August has had over twenty-seven surgeries in his life and he says that his face is worse than you can imagine.
The book takes us throughout a year and we read about many different events in August’ life. Each season has a different narrator, which is different from most stories. We get to see different characters thoughts and feelings about August.
At his new school, August wanted “true” friends more than anything. He has always felt lonely and people have often been afraid of him. However, a kid named Julian bullies him and makes school challenging. Julian calls him ‘zombie kid’, and soon most students call him ‘zombie kid’. He was used to being called names. He knew all the names he was called such as E.T, freak, alien. .. etc. However, there was a girl named Summer, who became his real friend.
I’ve read about a book which was in Korean that was similar to “Wonder”. The main character had no ears. Also, they were both are bullied and face challenges, but both stay positive. They both have happy endings. In Wonder, August earns a special prize for service for his school. In the Korean book, the main character loves to write. The book he writes is published by a big publisher.
This book made me think about how we treat people. We have look at people’s inside and how they act and their personalities. On the other hand, on the outside, a kid might be rich and handsome, but in the inside, it might be possible that they are dark and dirty. It doesn't matter if others have an unusual body, or peculiar hair. They are as normal as you or I. We are all human and have the right not to be bullied.
I really enjoyed reading "Wonder" and finished it in less than a week. If you have time, I really want you to do a book exchange with your teacher, an adult or a friend. You may find a book that is more interesting and challenging than you would have chosen.
Welcome to Storybird! Storybird is a very fun site. We can read books that other people wrote freely, and if we find a great book, we can put it to our bookshelf. We can look at the wonderful pictures that some fabulous artists drew. The best part is that we can create our own books. We can create long form books (chapter books), picture books, and poems. I already created a few picture books. One is called “Strong Friendship”. It is about a mermaid turning into a human and having a friend for the first time of her life.
However, Storybird is not perfect. Sometimes pictures don’t load on our tablets properly. That might cause some frustrations to users. So I that that teensy problem should be fixed. There is another part that Storybird could change. Student authors like me, can’t publish publicly. If Storybird lets students publish publicly, it would be the site that both students and adults enjoy a lot. I think this helps protect students, but I don’t like this part. Read my story below or on Storybird!
Adventures in 3-1