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A funny, moving, and true story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face that's perfect for fans of Wonder—now available in the U.S.

When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. Surgeons removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes. Amazingly, he survived—with a face that would never be the same.

Strangers stared at him. Kids called him names, and adults could be cruel, too. Everybody seemed to agree that he was “ugly.” But Robert refused to let his face define him. He played pranks, got into trouble, had adventures with his big family, and finally found a sport that was perfect for him to play. And Robert came face to face with the biggest decision of his life, he followed his heart.

This poignant memoir about overcoming bullying and thriving with disabilities shows that what makes us “ugly” also makes us who we are. It features a reflective foil cover and black-and-white illustrations throughout.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on September 6, 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0425287750
ISBN-13: 9780425287750
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  • I forgotTuesday, January 29, 2019 at 1:22 pm
    book report worthy :)
    • bobThursday, January 24, 2019 at 5:03 am
      I'am doing this book for my book report
      • mysteryhuman_hi
        mysteryhuman_hiSunday, January 13, 2019 at 2:29 pm55 stars
        Very inspiring and moving. If you've read the book WONDER, you've got to read this book! ;)
        • JORDANATuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11:45 am
          I LOVE THIS BOOOOK
          • janelledogMonday, November 19, 2018 at 8:39 am
            i have that book and its a good book.
            • Natalie HarperMonday, November 19, 2018 at 6:10 am
              Ugly is a great book! I am doing it for my book review!! (Grade 8)
              • danika_reader10
                danika_reader10Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 8:38 am55 stars
                so good did it for my book report
                • Danika grade 4Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:42 pm
                  this book is so addicting I am doing it for my book report
                  • Eliana grade 4 Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 5:54 pm
                    I ❤️It
                    • Eliana grade 4 Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 5:54 pm
                      I love it so much for me it is #1 book

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