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Publisher Description

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.

Young Adult
September 6
Penguin Young Readers Group

Customer Reviews

kc girl ⭐️ ,


Before I talk my piece about the book,I would like to thank the amazing author Robert Hoge for sharing his moving life story with us readers🤗I know it can’t have been an easy childhood, but I know you’re pretty dang amazing just the way you are!😊You’re unique and strong.You aren’t UGLY and you never were.You are an amazing,strong,and moving person!People look up to you,and you’re story inspires them.Yes you don’t look like everyone else,but who cares???God made you perfectly just the way you are,and you should never doubt that!❤️Fitting in is a pointless endeavor.I get bullied in school,and I don’t bother with stupid trends or popularity.If I tried to be like the people who pick on me or belittle me then I would be a terrible person,so I figure why bother???The point is your looks don’t define you,but how you act and what choices you make in life do.Your face is beautiful to me!😊Your book was incredibly moving and got me through a lot in the past couple years😁So again I thank you,and I hope you have an amazing week🤗👋

bookluved ,

Amazing book

It’s a great book, but also sad. After the first chapter I started to cry, why would a mother not want her baby? But then I noticed that Robert didn’t care much about his differences. He just had different differences.

bookwiz246 ,

Absolutely Fantastic

A couple years ago, I read this book and it was absolutely amazing. I just say it a couple months ago and convinced a couple to read it. He has such a way to pull you in and make you wanna keep reading. At first, I thought it was gonna be a flop because it was named ugly, but when I actually read it, it was so breathtaking and heartbreaking and amazing to know this actually happened to Robert Hoge. This book deserves hundreds of thousands of reads and I hope it does get there!

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