my take: Oh, man. This is really good.
This is one of those books you want everybody to read. It's a joyous experience.
The story is masterfully told from multiple points of view (POV)... if you read this blog regularly you know I'm not always a fan. Take a walk in Auggie's shoes, his big sister's, his new friends' ... you'll enjoy each one.
It's books like these that leave a mark on your heart, make you look into your own heart, and help you to be a better human.
Buy this, pass it around, read it aloud to your children. This is the best of young adult lit.
my source: Friend Kathy, who knows how to be more kind than is necessary
my verdict: Excellent. 2 or 3 hankies.