Which characters help Auggie adjust over the course of his first year at Beecher Prep in Wonder? Is their friendship a result of sympathy or is it genuine?

In Wonder, Jack, Julian, and Charlotte are called upon by Mr. Tushman to help Auggie Pullman adjust to school life at Beecher Prep. Charlotte and Auggie never become close friends. Julian becomes an enemy. Jack's friendship begins out of sympathy but eventually, after major difficulties, becomes genuine. Auggie's most sincere friend is Summer, for she quickly learns who Auggie truly is.

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When Auggie Pullman begins his first year at Beecher Prep in Wonder, principal Mr. Tushman asks Jack, Julian, and Charlotte to befriend Auggie and help him adjust, beginning with a summertime tour of the school. Charlotte is a kind and generous girl who gladly helps Auggie, but...

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When Auggie Pullman begins his first year at Beecher Prep in Wonder, principal Mr. Tushman asks Jack, Julian, and Charlotte to befriend Auggie and help him adjust, beginning with a summertime tour of the school. Charlotte is a kind and generous girl who gladly helps Auggie, but they never become close friends. Julian resents Mr. Tushman's request, and he is rude from the beginning, quickly becoming Auggie's prime school nemesis.

Jack is rather different. His friendship with Auggie begins because of Mr. Tushman's request, but it quickly deepens into what appears to be true friendship. The boys become inseparable at school, at least until Halloween when Jack makes a big mistake. Provoked by Julian and not realizing that the costumed Auggie is sitting close by, Jack says that he isn't really friends with Auggie. Auggie just kind of follows him around, and he's trying to be nice. Jack doesn't really mean this. He is insecure around Julian and trying to please everybody. He gives in to peer pressure. But Auggie takes Jack seriously and is extremely hurt. The boys make up later when Jack sincerely apologizes.

Auggie's most genuine friend is Summer. She freely admits that she sat with Auggie at lunch on the first day of school because she felt sorry for him, sitting all alone. But very quickly, her feelings of sympathy change to a real admiration. Summer discovers at once that Auggie is fun and witty. She learns how to look past his appearance to his true self, and this happens almost immediately. Summer's friendship with Auggie is not affected by peer pressure, even when Savanna taunts Summer about Auggie. Summer ignores her and sticks with Auggie no matter what anyone says.

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