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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
95 Book Reviews
  • leverm917
    leverm9172 months
    This book is very good so far and i think that if you can you should read it. sup peolple
    • waterdroplet
      waterdroplet11 months55 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
        satwikagejaraover 1 year55 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.
        • Nalmost 2 years
          This is a great book!
          • rina123aaa
            rina123aaaabout 2 years55 stars
            Wow! This book is about someone who refused to get surgery and lived his life with an ugly face. He was bullied and crippled since he was born. Even his mom almost didn't want to keep him. This is a great book with important lessons in it. Read now.
            • allen over 2 years
              this book is great and I only read a couple pages so far!
              • Ava Strollover 2 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 allenalmost 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
                    isabellagamerabalmost 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_282 months55 stars
                      It is called ugly because from the main character's point of few he is ugly and not confident
                    • rina123aaa
                      rina123aaaalmost 3 years55 stars
                      Great book, it is a true story. I tells you about the hardships someone can go through. it is also exciting and cool! i love it!