What is one away Auggie has changed in Wonder?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One important way August has changed by the end of Wonder is that he has more self-confidence. At the beginning of the book, August often avoids people for fear of what they will think of his deformed face. Things begin to change for August when he makes his first real friend (Jack) and eventually stands up to some bullies in seventh grade. In this way, August begins to realize that what is important is on the inside of a person, not what a person looks like on the outside. This realization leads to August's self-confidence. The reader sees the effects of this self-confidence when August is brave enough to walk up to the front of the auditorium during graduation to receive a prestigious award. Afterwards, August has the courage to take pictures with all of his friends. For the first time in his life, August smiles for the pictures without worrying about his facial deformities. Seeing August's new self-confidence and courage, Via (August's sister) essentially gives the book its title when she says, “You really are a wonder, Auggie. You are a wonder.”