Tuesday, September 1, 2015


     Shingaling, a companion story to Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, is a realistic fiction book about Charlotte and her experience with Auggie and her other friends at school. Told through her perspective, we get a chance to see not only Charlotte's perspective on Auggie, but how she navigates her own feelings about the students she surrounds herself with. It isn't until Charlotte is given a chance to shine in a special dance recital that she discovers more about herself and what she looks for in true, lasting friendships.

     I would recommend this book to anyone who loved the story Wonder. R.J. Palacio does such a great job of creating realistic characters and story lines that we can all connect to no matter how old we are. We have all struggled to find our place in the world, find true friendships, and not let the tough situations in life get us down. This story not only includes characters that you already love, but it again allows you to see them from the eyes of a different person. We get to learn even more about them with Charlotte's perspective, which allows us to make up our own minds on who we think these people really are. Everyone has their own side to every story, and Shingaling gives us yet another side to consider.