Auggie and me is the companion volume to Wonder (cover below) and so before you pick up Auggie and me it is essential to read Wonder - a very popular book in our school library.
RJ Palacio explains :
"What this book is, preisely, is an expansion of Auggie's world. The three stories in Auggie and me - The Julian Chapter, Pluto and Shingaling, all originally published as short ebooks - are told from the perspective of Julian, Christopher and Charlotte, respectively. ... Auggie and me is not a sequel in a traditional sense".
For this review I thought I might link to the thoughts of other reviewers who have made the comments I would have made but in a far more eloquent way. Each of these quotes contains a link :
Like millions of people worldwide, I fell in love with Wonder. I was so excited to read more from R.J. Palacio when I got the offer to read Auggie & Me. I am not usually a huge fan of short stories, but the three stories in Auggie & Me are short stories done right.
After reading all three of them in a row, I think that Palacio has written three lovely, insightful looks at what it means to be show grace, humility and empathy, but most importantly: what it is to live, and learn from one's mistakes and life choices.
Palacio doesn’t fall into the trap of merely repeating or rehashing what happens in . She gives us Julian away from school, away from the drama and tension of Auggie. Being in Julian’s head is both confronting and illuminating.