Pluto by RJ Palacio
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Series: Wonder #1.6
Also in this Series: Wonder, The Julian Chapter, Shingaling
Also by this Author: Wonder, The Julian Chapter, Shingaling
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on February 10, 2015
Genres: Children's Book, Family Life
Audiobook Narrator: Scott Merriman
Audiobook Length: 2 hours and 9 minutes
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Almost 2 million people have read the New York Times bestseller Wonder and fallen in love with Auggie Pullman. Last year readers were given a special look at another side of his story with The Julian Chapter, and now they'll get a peek at Auggie's life before Beecher Prep, with an exclusive new short story told entirely from the point of view of Christopher, Auggie's oldest friend.
Christopher was Auggie's best friend from the time they were babies until his family moved away; he was there through all of Auggie's surgeries and heartbreaks, through bad times and good—like Star Wars marathons and dreams of traveling to Pluto together. Alternating between childhood flashbacks and the present day, an especially bad day for Christopher, Pluto is the story of two boys grown apart learning that good friendships are worth a little extra effort.
This short story is the perfect example of how friendship can be nurtured and grown, even with physical distance keeping kids apart.
Not just a side story about Auggie’s best friend, Christopher, this book warms my heart in showing just what kids go through when your best friend in all the world moves away, but the heart stays connected, and can pick back up the moment the two hearts are together again. As an adult, I look back and have seen this happen repeatedly in my life, and more recently in the lives of my teen son and tween daughter.
It’s even easier to stay friends in our world of technology, with video chat, talking over the Internet, and even playing games together long distance. Don’t miss out on these short stories from RJ Palacio. She somehow knows the minds of middle-schoolers, and each book is a lesson in choosing kind, friendship, and growing up.
I have read this book aloud to my son, daughter, and husband, and highly recommend you doing the same with your family. RJ Palacio books are great reading for ALL ages!