I read this book because of its popularity among the students on my Intermediate campus. I was happy to see that they were reading about a boy who was different that the other kids. I personally love to challenge students to think outside themselves and focus some of their attention on the world around them. This was an opportunity to model how to make personal connections to what is being read. I was one of those kids who struggled with being different and having to field the stares and questions that ensued. I finally understood that being different gave me a unique perspective, which was quite powerful...Auggie found that out too.