Auggie & Me by RJ Palacio is a collection of three short stories to go along with Wonder. The first story, The Julian Chapter, is Julian’s story and defense/explanation of his behavior toward Auggie. It happens concurrently with the story told in Wonder. It’s a good reminder that people always, right or wrong, have reasons for the things they do. The second story, Pluto, is told from the point of view of Chris, Auggie’s childhood friend who moved away a few years before the events in Wonder begin. It’s told alternately in bits of one day in Chris’s life and memories of things that happened with Auggie years before. It gives a glimpse into the type of friend Auggie had before he started at Beecher Prep. The third and final story, Shingaling, is Charlotte’s story. It also runs concurrently with Auggie’s story. Charlotte was never super friendly with Auggie, but she was never mean to him. While Auggie was dealing with his own difficult 5th grade year, Charlotte was also struggling and trying to figure out her way through life. The book reads fast and is a excellent addition to Wonder. My favorite was The Julian Chapter. The ending of that one was absolutely incredible. I wholeheartedly recommend Auggie & Me to all fans of Wonder, young and old.
5 (out of 5) Stars
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