Wonder

Wonder

by

R. J. Palacio

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Summary
Analysis
August explains that Halloween is his favorite holiday. For one day, he gets to look like every other kid in a mask. He wishes that every day could be Halloween so that kids could get to know each other while wearing masks before they have to show their real faces. August also explains that he used to wear an astronaut helmet everywhere he went until he was around seven. After he had eye surgery, it went missing.
For August, Halloween masks level the playing field dramatically and provide him with a sense of normalcy. His mention of the astronaut helmet shows that as a kid, he achieved this by simply covering his face, even though the helmet perhaps makes him stand out even more.
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Related Quotes
Last year, August was the Bleeding Scream. This year, he's going to be Boba Fett from Star Wars. Mom has been working hard on the costume. August explains that he chatted with his classmates about costumes the other day, and everyone knows what everyone else is going as.
Mom's hard work on August's costume shows that one of the way she demonstrates her love for him is by making this holiday as great as she possibly can.
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On Halloween morning, Via has a meltdown. Dad is late and is uncharacteristically not patient with her, so Mom and Dad finally decide that Dad will take August to school and Mom will drive Via. Dad gives August five minutes to put his Boba Fett costume on, but he suddenly doesn't want to wear it. He throws on the Bleeding Scream costume and quickly joins Dad.
Dad's strange lack of patience shows the reader that adults can be just as emotional and tumultuous as kids, though neither August nor Via seem tuned into that fact.
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