|“||Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world.||”|
— August Pullman, Wonder
August Pullman is the main protagonist in Wonder. He was born with a facial deformity, a combination of Treacher Collins syndrome and a hemifacial microsomia characteristic, which prevented him from going to a mainstream school up until fifth grade, when he enrolled at Beecher Prep. Though he struggled at first to show his classmates that despite appearances, he was really an ordinary kid, he eventually succeeded in proving that there was more to him than meets the eye. He is the son of Isabel and Nate Pullman, and the younger brother of Olivia Pullman.
Olivia is August's older sister. She is very protective of him, often losing her cool when she catches people staring at him/judging him (subtly and obviously).
The Pullmans' first dog. August cared deeply about Daisy. She cuddled with him and cheered him up when he was upset. However, she passed away as she was an old dog.
After Daisy dies, the Pullmans get Bear, who is just a puppy. He and August quickly develop a tight bond.
Auggie is quite shy, and happy most of the time. He is creative, and has a passion for Star Wars, and outer space. His favorite planet is Pluto.
Auggie does easily get his feelings hurt, though, especially when kids insult him about his face. He does show much affection to the people he loves.
Auggie is also very smart, and knows a lot about science and outer space. He enjoys learning, and enjoyed playing Star Wars games with Christopher when he was younger.
When Auggie gets upset, he tends to lash out, then get upset and cry. But he is not very vulnerable to depression, since he usually is very accepting and rarely holds grudges. He is overall a happy boy, though the shy quiet smart kind.
R.J. Palacio on August
"I'm not sure why I found it so easy to get into the head and heart of this ten-year old boy. I wasn't born with what he has, and I don't know anyone who was. In that way Auggie is unlike anyone I've ever known. And yet in just about every other way he's like every other child in the world. So while I can't know what it's really like to walk in Auggie's shoes, I can try and put myself in his situation, and that of his sister and his parents and his friends. I've always loved the underdogs of the world. And I've always admired those who can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and march on. I love Auggie's pluck most of all."