This is the main character August Pullman. August Pullman suffers from Treachers Collin's Syndrome and spends the beginning of the novel home schooled. One day August makes the courageous decision to attend school at Beecher Prep. Though August is faced with bullies, August stays strong and comes to school ready to learn anyway. At the end of the novel, August is awarded for his courage, character, and fiend-like qualities at graduation.
This is August's friend Jack. Though Jack and August may face some bumps along the road Jack proves to be a true friend by the end of the novel. At one point Jack is caught making fun of August in front of the popular kids. Though August is shattered, August learns forgiveness and gives Jack a second chance. For the rest of the novel, Jack deems himself a true friend and eventually learns that having one true friend is much more valuable than having a lot of fake friends.
This is August's friend Summer. Summer isn't like all the other kids at Beecher Prep. Summer is unique in the way that she does not care about hanging out with the popular kids. Summer beats to her own drum and stays out of fifth grade drama. Summer is genuine, down to earth, and extremely caring. Summer and August can be spotted spending every lunch together and at one another's houses after school.
This is Julian, your average elementary school bully . Julian is a mean-spirited boy who goes out of his way to make August feel bad about himself. Julian used to be a friend of Jack's, until Jack befriended a "freak" like August. Julian turns the entire school against Jack for being friends with August and harasses Jack and August by sending them daily hate notes. In the end, we see bullies like Julian get no true recognition and never serve any positivity to a school community.
This is Via, August's protective, loving big sister. Via worries about her brother often and gets extremely angry when people belittle him. Though Via feels sometimes her parents focus on August more than her, she wouldn't trade her brother for the world. When August comes home from the first day of school and cuts his Padawan braid, Via becomes defensive, nagging August to tell her who made fun of his hair.
These are August' loving parents. Mr. and Mrs. Pullman always want the best for their son. Isabel Pullman sometimes appears overprotective, but she only acts this way because she cares so much about her son. Mr.Pullman and August share a special father-son bond. Nate Pullman encourages his son's decision to go to school and gives him a huge hug before sending August off.