I just--finally--read R.J. Palacio's WONDER. (Here's my dog Lulu with the library copy I read.) Books are like movies or restaurants or anything else--sometimes you've heard so much about something, you start to doubt (or wonder...) how the whatever could possibly be as good as people say. You start to think that maybe you'll be the one person whose eyes DON'T fill when they talk about the whatever. But with WONDER, I had no let-down, only admiration. Auggie is such a charming, believeable main character; the alternating narratives work beautifully to shed different perspectives on characters and scenes; and the teacher's--and students'--precepts are uplifting and true without being preachy. And now my eyes are filling too.
In its heartfelt but not cloying emphasis on kindness, the book reminded me of the wonderful George Saunders commencement speech that was circulating last year. It's every bit as powerful, just boxed up in a different form.