On a scale of one to ten, Auggie rates his first day of school a five. In his first class of the day, he notices that no one seems interested in sitting next to him. Eventually, Jack Will takes a seat next to Auggie. While this is a positive for Auggie, it doesn't take long for something negative to happen. Julian, one of the students that participated in giving Auggie a tour of the school, asks Auggie if he likes Darth Sidious. Students that are not familiar with Star Wars would not understand the hidden insult in Julian's question. Darth Sidious is a character whose face is badly burned. Auggie understands that Julian is insulting him.
Auggie seems to enjoy his English teacher, Mr. Browne. He enjoys Mr. Browne's sense of humor, and it is Mr. Browne's precept about choosing to be kind that helps Auggie decide that he's going to like school. When it's time for lunch, Auggie must face the difficult of task of choosing where to sit. He hates the way he eats and is prepared for a difficult time. He soon finds a table where he sits alone until Summer makes her appearance. Summer decides that their lunch table should be a "summer only" table. It is determined that only students whose names have a "connection to summer" will be allowed to sit at their table. Exceptions will made for students that they consider to be nice.
Later that night, Auggie begins to cry in front of his mother. He asks, "Why do I have to be so ugly, Mommy?" His mother does her best to help him feel better. Although Auggie expects people to stare at him, he still finds it hurtful.