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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
93 Book Reviews
  • leverm917
    leverm9177 months
    This book is very good so far and i think that if you can you should read it. sup peolple
    • waterdroplet
      waterdropletabout 1 year55 stars
      My teacher read this book to us in 4th grade and I still haven’t forgotten about it! This book is unforgettable about a boy and his struggles through life. I love this book.
      • satwikagejara
        satwikagejaraalmost 2 years55 stars
        This memoir is really heartwarming and beautiful. I loved how he related his life events. He has a slight twist of humor that really surprised me given the circumstances of the book. I don't want to give away anything because each word in this book has value in its own way. I really recommend this book to everyone. It is funny but eye-opening at the same time.
        • Nabout 2 years
          This is a great book!
          • allen over 2 years
            this book is great and I only read a couple pages so far!
            • Ava Strollalmost 3 years
              I think this book is truly amazing book if you are disabled or have some sort of disability. I am thankful that we have so many people in the world that are willing to be so strong and share they're story to other people to shows us, that we are amazing in our own special way!
              • Alyssa allenabout 3 years
                This is a really good book I had to do it for a reading project and I thought it was bring in the first chapters but it became so much more it became really interesting and true
                • isabellagamerab
                  isabellagamerababout 3 years55 stars
                  Why does the book haved to be called ugly for yes the face is ugly but cant it be a better name but anyway its a great book
                  • haven_28
                    haven_287 months55 stars
                    It is called ugly because from the main character's point of few he is ugly and not confident
                  • applebutter
                    applebutterabout 3 years55 stars
                    This is an amazing book, a must read. Everyone may think that this book is a knock off or a copy of the book Wonder. This book is a smudge similar but also completely different. If you get my roll. August Pullman only has a facial deformity but Robert has facial and limb deformity's. His parents did not protect him as well as Auggies parents did, he went to school right from the beginning. This book is AMAZING! and a must read.
                    • alejo
                      alejoabout 3 years
                      This book seems interesting to me!