Auggie Pullman was born with physical abnormalities that have kept him home-schooled until he turned 12. He starts the 5th grade at a new school and has to deal with the difficulty of making friends and bullies.
Despite a hard year, Auggie's classmates stick up for him when he is assaulted by older kids while in the woods on the class trip. Even students who once teased Auggie come together to defend him.
Principal, Mr. Tushman, congratulates Auggie for his tremendous courage and perseverence. Auggie receives a standing ovation. Auggie says everyone should get a standing ovation at least once in their lifetime.