ew, what happened to your face? did you get in an accident or something?
don't be rude!
Because of all his medical issues, ten-year-old August Pullman has always been home schooled. Now that he's more medically stable, his parents want him to start school.
youre so ugly you deserve to get hit! haha
So Auggie starts fifth grade, the first year of middle school at Beecher Prep. Not one to overlook the magnitude of Auggie's transition, school principal Mr. Tushman has recruited three kids to be welcome buddies for August. Jack Will, Charlotte, and Julian give Auggie the school tour.
you are the best friend i've ever had!
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.
August Pullman, please come up to collect your award for your amazing qualities of character.
The Beecher Prep fifth graders are enjoying an outdoor movie night at their Nature Retreat. Unfortunately they bump into a group of older kids looking for trouble, and they push Auggie to the ground.
Although it probably should have happened a lot sooner, it takes the injustice of senseless violence toward August for it to finally click with everyone that he is just a kid like any other; a kid who doesn't deserve to be tortured for the way he looks
you really are!
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.