Muskegon girl shares similar story as boy in new 'Wonder' movie

A local girl's story mirrors the movie Wonder.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICH. - The movie Wonder premieres in theaters this weekend. It's based on the best-selling book Wonder, which tells the fictional tale of fifth-grader Auggie Pullman, a boy born with a rare disorder that left his face disfigured.

Avery Cooper, a fourth-grader at Reeths-Puffer Elementary in Muskegon County, has read the book, and she's excited to see the new movie.

Cooper's own life mirrors that of the main character in Wonder.

On Friday Nov. 17, students and teachers at Coopers' school rolled out the red carpet for her.

At the event Avery signed copies of the book, passed out bookmarks and talked with classmates about her rare condition.

"The boy in the movie has Treacher Collins syndrome," said Stephanie Cooper, Avery Cooper's mother. "Avery has Pfeiffer syndrome."

Cooper said all the bones in her daughter's skull were fused by the time she was three weeks old.

"Just like the boy in the move, she has had many surgeries to release the sutures and give her brain room to grow," said Cooper.

"My first surgery happened when I was three weeks old," said Avery.

And just like the boy in Wonder, Avery works to teach everyone at her school to be kind.

All fifth-grade students in the Reeths-Puffer school district are reading the book. Later in November they'll take a field trip to a Muskegon theater to watch the new movie.

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