In the Wonder by R.J. Palacio, there is a character named August Pullman. His first mention in the story was actually in the first sentence of the book because the book at this point in the story is from August's point of view and this is the first line he says and which is referring to himself. "I know I'm not an ordinary ten-year-old kid" (R.J. Palacio 10).
August has a very bad genetic facial deformity. In the description of this book, it talks about August with a main part being, "August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now" (R.J. Palacio 1). The fact that August's facial deformity stopped them from going to school until they were 10 years old due to surgeries really allows you to understand how bad the facial deformity was.
August's strongest personality trait is being a friendly person. One of August's friends Jack talked about a couple of reasons why August is a good friend. "He laughs at all my jokes. And I kind of feel like I can tell August anything. Like he's a good friend" (R.J Palacio 104). Jack likes that August shares his sense of humor, and he finds August trustworthy and a nice person.
In the beginning of the story, one of August character traits would have been shy. In this part of the story, August was with his mom is starting the tour of the school. "I sort of hid behind Mom as I walked. I know that sounds kind of babyish of me, but I wasn't feeling very brave right then" (R.J. Palacio 19). August did not trust that people would ever positively or even normally react when seeing him in public and tended to try and not be seen.
August is very untrusting in the middle of the story after learning new information that makes him unsure if any of his school friends were actually friends. "You don't have to pretend, is all I'm saying. I know Mr. Tushman talked to some kids before school started and told them they had to be friends with me" (R.J. Palacio 92). After listening in on a conversation that Jack was having with some other kids about how Mr. Tushman told him to be August's friend, August had trouble trusting people who claimed to be his friend for a short while until later being proved that his suspicion was false.
At the end of the story, August grown to be a much happier person. August was getting his own STANDING OVATION, something he believed everyone should have at least once. "I really couldn't believe it. I think I was smiling. Maybe I was beaming, I don't know. As I walked up the aisle toward the stage, all I saw was a blur of happy bright faces looking at me, and hands clapping for me." For one of the first times, August had been truly, greatly happy, the whole grade was clapping and cheering for him, and everyone was being nice to him, which had never happened to him before.