My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cormac’s Review (aged 10):
“This book is about a kid who was born with a cleft palate and a badly disfigured face. His parents make him go to a normal school for the first time when he’s in Middle School. At first he doesn’t want to go because he’s scared of what people will say about his face. But he does make some friends, Jack Will, Summer. He also makes some enemies, like Juian and his friends. What I liked the most is that it wasn’t just from August’s point of view. It was also from the point of view of his friends. You should read it.”
Mum’s 2 cents:
Great book to read-aloud; really takes you inside the mind of a child who is “different”, a concept which will likely appeal to all kids. Really highlights the issue of empathy, by giving kids the chance to “see what it feels like”. And when the going gets tough with the inevitable bullying that comes when August starts school, it has the desired effect on the reader – we felt bad, really bad, for August. The first part of the novel has great pace (and chapters are extraordinarily short which gives the impression you’re zipping through it), but I felt it lost its way a bit after the first half. Having said that, I don’t think it was the intent for the book to have a climax at the end, as with a traditional novel, rather there were a series of ups and downs throughout, perfectly mimicking how an actual school year goes. Highly recommended.