By Louis Sachar Published: 1998 AR level: 4.6 AR points: 7.0 Word count: 47,079 I suggest: 3rd grade+ Here is a book that is well known in the publishing industry, but happened to come out at a time when other big blockbuster books were also hitting the market. However, this gem stands on its own…
There is no doubt something special about this book. In a world where I get the sense that many people are letting hate and ill will grow, we could use many, many more books like Palacio’s Wonder. I wish there was one like this coming out every month.
I still remember my fifth grade teacher reading this novel to the class. Now, as I read it to a seven- and nine-year-old, I can witness how writing has changed in the past few decades. Yet, this novel is relevant and entertaining, with rich narratives and an idea that intrigues children to this day.
The popularity of this children’s series, which began publication in the 1990s, cannot be denied. The series came out when I’d already graduated into adult novels, so until my daughter picked them up, they were just barely on my radar. Now, I’ve read many of them, and I am thrilled that this series exists for our kids.