This delightful novel about tiny humans living under the floorboards of a drafty, old house won Britain’s highest award for children’s literature, the Carnegie Medal, when it was published in 1953. The writing is masterful and funny, the characters are like real people, and the scenario (of friendly little people living under the house) is one to be envied by children everywhere.
This book has been on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s novels for over 140 weeks for a simple reason–it’s an exceptional book. August Pullman is a normal boy with a unique face shaped by a rare disease, and he’s about to go to a real school for the first time. The author R.J. Palacio perfectly captures the voices of her young protagonists in this funny and deeply touching story of a young person being seen for who he is on the inside.