Auggie and Me Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''Auggie and Me'' is a companion book to ''Wonder'' (2012). These questions will help your students work through these new stories and discuss their thoughts on the characters and storylines.

Auggie and Me

Auggie and Me is a companion book to R. J. Palacio's 2012 hit Wonder about a young boy with a facial deformity condition. While Wonder follows Auggie through his transition from homeschool to public middle school, Auggie and Me explores these events from the perspectives of Auggie's classmates and friends. The book contains three stories: The Julian Chapter, focused on the perspective of the school bully; Pluto, from the perspective of Auggie's oldest friend; and Shingaling, following Auggie's new classmate Charlotte. While these discussion questions will focus exclusively on Auggie and Me, they are based on the assumption that students have already completed Wonder as well.

Questions about Plot and Characters

  • What are the three stories in Auggie and Me? Who is the main protagonist of each story? How is that established?
  • In one sentence, describe what The Julian Chapter is about. Who is Julian? How do you think Julian would describe himself? Where do we see evidence of his personality in this story? How would you describe Julian?
  • What is the plot of Pluto? How would you describe Christopher? What is his personality like? Where do we see evidence of this in the story? In your opinion, what single moment in the story illustrates his personality the best?
  • What is Shingaling about? Who is Charlotte? How does she view herself? How do we know? Where do we see this in her story?
  • Is Auggie and Me one book or three independent stories? Can it be both? How do all three of these stories connect? Do they all happen at the same time? Are all the protagonists close friends? What unites all of these stories?
  • How do each of the main characters in these stories feel about Auggie? How does Julian describe him? How do Christopher and Charlotte describe Auggie? Does this change throughout the course of their respective stories? Why? Show an example of this from the book.

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