August Pullman, the protagonist of Wonder, written by R.J. Palacio, was born with significant facial abnormalities. Even though he is only ten years old, he has had twenty-seven surgeries to try and correct his craniofacial structure. Because August has required so many surgeries, he has been homeschooled for most of his life. Now that he is about to enter the fifth grade, and he wont need another surgery for some time, he is preparing to attend mainstream school for the very first time. August is worried that beginning mainstream school will entice his classmates to tease him and call him mean names. Even though he's had so much surgery, his face still does not look entirely "normal," and he fears it will prevent other kids from getting to know the real August.