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Auggie (August) Pullman is ten years old. He loves Xbox, his dog, Daisy, and he really loves Star Wars. His favorite character is Jango Fett, and he used to have a small braid in the back of his head like a Padawan Jedi apprentice. His favorite holiday is Halloween, and his birthday is October 10th.
Auggie has had twenty-seven surgeries—some big, some small—and he has some medical mysteries that doctors still haven’t figured out. All of this comes from a specific gene. His parents and his sister, Via, each carry the gene, too, but only Auggie shows it.
The way he looks makes people stare, which he’s used to. It also makes it hard for him to hear (but he has a new hearing aid that makes a big difference), and sometimes it’s hard to tell when he’s smiling. Because of his surgeries, Auggie was homeschooled for a long time, but started going to Beecher Prep in fifth grade, where he made a lot of new friends. He smiles a lot now.
Jack Will is one of Auggie’s first friends at Beecher Prep. He and Auggie have six classes together: homeroom, English, history, computer, music, and science. Jack doesn’t love school, except for some classes, like PE and computer class. And lunch and recess. But having August in so many classes makes it easier, because they make each other laugh in class a lot. His first name is Jack and his last name is Will, but a lot of people call him Jack Will like it’s all his first name.
Summer Dawson is popular, but she doesn’t always do what the other popular girls do. She sits with Auggie at lunch on his first day of school, and they realized that their names kind of match because they’re both summer names. They only have one class together, English, but they eat lunch together every day and hang out after school a lot. One of her favorite sayings is “cool beans,” which is also a great way to describe her.
Julian Albans is one of Auggie’s biggest obstacles at Beecher Prep. He’s rude to Auggie and makes other kids feel like they have to be, too. He’s an only child, and his popularity at school is really important to him, which is part of why he was so mean to Auggie. After spending the summer with his Grandmere in Paris, he feels badly for how he treated Auggie during the school year. He apologizes, and decides to enroll in a new school for sixth grade for a fresh start.
Charlotte Cody is one of the smartest kids in her grade, which makes a lot of other kids think she’s a goody two shoes. She loves theater and dancing, and she has two sisters and a puppy named Suki that her family adopted from an animal shelter. She is friendly and doesn’t choose sides at school, and she might have a crush on Jack Will. Might.
Christopher Blake has been Auggie’s best friend since they were little, so he was there through all of Auggie’s surgeries. Three years ago he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, more than an hour away from North River Heights, where Auggie lives. They don’t see each other very much now, but they chat online. Christopher plays the guitar in the after-school rock band. Like Auggie, Christopher is obsessed with Star Wars, and they both dream of going into outer space to visit Pluto one day.
Miranda Navas and Auggie’s sister, Via, have known each other since first grade, so she’s known Auggie since he was a baby. She’s and Auggie used to sing Space Oddity by David Bowie together all the time because of the astronaut helmet that Auggie liked to wear. Her parents got divorced the summer before high school started, and she and Via are not as close as they used to be.
Justin is Via’s boyfriend. He plays the fiddle in a zydeco band, which plays Creole music from Louisiana (but Justin is from Brooklyn). His parents are divorced, and he has an older half-brother, but they’re not very close. He loves the closeness of the Pullman family.