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  • August's space helmet
  • Via's Solar System
  • August's shoes
  • In the beginning of the book, August mentions his space helmet. Space helmets could probably be symbols of adventure and discovery to any normal person. August said that when he wore the helmet, he felt normal. The helmet represents what August is on the inside: A normal person. This is because when August is seen with the helmet on, people treat him normally and August feels normal. 
  • In the first chapter of Via's part of the book, she explains how her family and friends are like the Solar System. The Solar System might normally represent mystery and wonder and secrets. The whole Solar System in Wonder represents the Pullmans and their family and friends. Via said that August is the Sun, meaning that he has to be the most noticeable part of the Solar System, the center of attention. Whereas Via and her parents are the planets surrounding the Sun. And all of the family and friends that are left are other cosmic objects like asteroids and comets. But if August is the Sun, that also has to mean that August is the one that keeps everything running. Without August, the family just couldn't function fully.
  • In August's first part of the book, August mentions that he spends a lot of time staring at his shoes, not letting anyone see his face. In real life, shoes can represent sports or adventures or even your personality. The shoes represent August's mentality. In August's mind, he might think he's normal and wants to be treated normally. August imagines what it would be like to have a lot of friends. Whenever August stares at his shoes, he imagines what it would be like if he had a normal face. People would casually pass by, and August would finally feel normal.
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