Auggie has been loved, nurtured, and protected, but now that he is older and stronger, his parents recognize that it is time for him to face the world. Not only does he need to learn fractions and stuff, he also needs to know how to deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly. Auggie does not describe himself. “Here’s what I think: the only reason I’m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way" (palacio 14).
August getting through an entire school year in the fifth grade. He hasn't been to school in his life before because of his health and many surgeries. “Okay, so I admit that the first day of school I was so nervous that the butterflies in my stomach were more like pigeons flying around my insides"(palacio 45).
Jack and Charlotte are nice enough, but Julian can't handle Auggie's uh, non-traditional appearance. Rather than try to get past his discomfort, he keeps his distance with rudeness and mockery, which soon turns into habitual bullying. “It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend" (palacio 73).
In the wake of the fight, Auggie's hurt, frightened, and upset,but he gets that something really big just happened: boys who shunned him all year long have just defended him.They stood up for him and they helped him to safety, suddenly treating him as one of their own. “Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed" (palacio 99).
Auggie has simply been himself a really nice person—all year long. He is patient and long-suffering in the face of rejection, understanding about how hard it must be for others to tolerate his appearance. He cracks jokes at his own expense all the time, and he always gives people the benefit of the doubt and a second chance.“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness" (palacio 43).
Auggie's made the high honor roll, but the medal he gets isn't for academics. August's award is for the less-quantifiable qualities of character, courage, and greatness, all of which he possesses in spades. “Sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of dreams" (palacio 18).