Wonder

Wonder

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by R. J. Palacio
     
 

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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS AND JACOB TREMBLAY!

Over 3 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. 

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.

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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS AND JACOB TREMBLAY!

Over 3 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. 

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Auggie Pullman was born with severe facial deformities-no outer ears, eyes in the wrong place, his skin "melted"-and he's learned to steel himself against the horrified reactions he produces in strangers. Now, after years of homeschooling, his parents have enrolled him in fifth grade. In short chapters told from various first-person perspectives, debut author Palacio sketches his challenging but triumphant year. Though he has some expectedly horrible experiences at school, Auggie has lucked out with the adults in his life-his parents love him unconditionally, and his principal and teachers value kindness over all other qualities. While one bully manages, temporarily, to turn most of Auggie's classmates against him (Auggie likens this to becoming the human equivalent of "the Cheese Touch," a clever Diary of a Wimpy Kid reference), good wins out. Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes-and hearts-to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd. Ages 8-12. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group.
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From the Publisher
#1 New York Times bestseller

A School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012

A Publishers Weekly Best of Children's Books 2012

A Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012

A Booklist Best of Children's Books 2012

"Wonder is essentially ... a wonder. It's well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, Wonder touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favor and read this book – your life will be better for it." - Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Slate.com, October 10, 2012:
"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year."

Entertainment Weekly, February 17, 2012, The Top 10 Things We Love This Week:
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for."

The New York Times, April 8, 2012:
"Rich and memorable...It's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of 'Wonder,' and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill."

The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2012:
"What makes R.J. Palacio's debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie's story…The result is a beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.”

The Huffington Post,
March 1, 2012:
"It's in the bigger themes that Palacio's writing shines. This book is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness."
January 2013: "I think every mother and father would be better for having read it. Auggie's parents -- who are never named in the book, and don't even get to narrate a chapter of their own -- are powerful examples not only of how to shelter and strengthen a child with heartbreaking facial anomalies, but also of how to be a loving advocate to any kid."

The London Times, The Top 100 People to Watch in 2012:
"The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some."

"Full of heart, full of truth, Wonder is a book about seeing the beauty that's all around us.  I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman."
- Rebecca Stead, Newbery award-winning author of When You Reach Me

"It is the deceptive simplicity and honesty of the work that make Wonder so memorable. Every single character seems real and well drawn and oh-so human...This book is beautiful." - Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery award-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy

"A beautiful story of kindness and courage. There are many real and well-developed characters, and they each have their shining moments. Of course, Auggie shines the brightest." - Clare Vanderpool, Newbery award-winning author of Moon Over Manifest

"Wonder is a beautifully told story about heartache, love, and the value of human life. One comes away from it wanting to be a better person." - Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery honor-winning author of Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods

"Wonder is a shining jewel of a story that cannot help but encourage readers of all ages to do better, to be better, in how they treat others in life. I'm totally in love with this novel."  - Trudy Ludwig, anti-bullying advocate and author of My Secret Bully, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, and Just Kidding

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 20, 2012:
“Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes--and hearts--to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd.”

Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012:
“Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.”

Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 1, 2012:
"Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters...A well-written, thought-provoking book."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
“A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.”

Entertainment Weekly
In this bighearted debut YA novel, Auggie Pullman is a kind, insightful 10-year-old boy, born with a severe facial deformity, who endures relentless bullying and cruelty at his new middle school. But his story ultimately becomes an uplifting one as he changes the community around him.
Children's Literature - Maggie L. Schrock
August Pullman has always been homeschooled. During the summer before he is to start fifth grade, August's parents inform him they've applied for him to attend a private school. Shocked, August immediately puts up a fight. He doesn't want to attend school looking the way he does. He would want to go if he was an ordinary ten-year-old, but he's not. August was born with a facial deformity, and has undergone surgery after surgery. Despite all of this, August still has an extraordinary face—one that stops people in mid-sentence. Finally agreeing to go to school, August embarks on a roller coaster of a year through fifth grade. From having no friends at all, to being one of the most popular kids in his class, August enjoys quite a year. What makes the book most interesting is the change in points of view. Starting and ending in August's point of view, but also told from his sister's, best friends', and his sister's boyfriend, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat. Themes of love and forgiveness, true friendship, the importance of family, bullying, and accepting people are woven throughout this unique book. Hilariously written, and about an eye-opening topic, it's a good read for all ages. Reviewer: Maggie L. Schrock
Kirkus Reviews
After being homeschooled for years, Auggie Pullman is about to start fifth grade, but he's worried: How will he fit into middle-school life when he looks so different from everyone else? Auggie has had 27 surgeries to correct facial anomalies he was born with, but he still has a face that has earned him such cruel nicknames as Freak, Freddy Krueger, Gross-out and Lizard face. Though "his features look like they've been melted, like the drippings on a candle" and he's used to people averting their eyes when they see him, he's an engaging boy who feels pretty ordinary inside. He's smart, funny, kind and brave, but his father says that having Auggie attend Beecher Prep would be like sending "a lamb to the slaughter." Palacio divides the novel into eight parts, interspersing Auggie's first-person narrative with the voices of family members and classmates, wisely expanding the story beyond Auggie's viewpoint and demonstrating that Auggie's arrival at school doesn't test only him, it affects everyone in the community. Auggie may be finding his place in the world, but that world must find a way to make room for him, too. A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder. (Fiction. 8-14)
Mary Quattlebaum
First-time novelist R. J. Palacio deftly avoids the sentimentality that can so bedevil children's books by developing Auggie as a funny, hurting, totally authentic kid…Endearing, enduring Auggie and his family and friends will find a place in the hearts of readers and prompt reflection on how we treat others.
—The Washington Post
Maria Russo
…rich and memorable…Stories about unusual children who long to fit in can be particularly wrenching…But Palacio gives Auggie a counterweight to his problems: He has the kind of warm and loving family many "normal" children lack. Among their —and the book's—many strengths, the Pullmans share the…earthy sense of humor that all kids love…But it's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of Wonder, and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill…
—The New York Times Book Review
The New York Times

Rich and memorable...It's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of 'Wonder,' and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill.
The Huffington Post

I think every mother and father would be better for having read it. Auggie's parents -- who are never named in the book, and don't even get to narrate a chapter of their own -- are powerful examples not only of how to shelter and strengthen a child with heartbreaking facial anomalies, but also of how to be a loving advocate to any kid.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Due to a rare genetic disorder, Auggie Pullman's head is malformed, his facial features are misshapen, and he has scars from corrective surgery. After much discussion and waffling, he and his parents decide it's time for him to go to a regular school for the fifth grade instead of being homeschooled. All his life Auggie has seen the shocked expressions and heard the whispers his appearance generates, and he has his coping strategies. He knows that except for how he looks, he's a normal kid. What he experiences is typical middle school—the good and the bad. Meanwhile, his beautiful sister is starting high school and having her own problems. She's finding that friendships change and, though it makes her feel guilty, she likes not being labeled as Auggie's sister. Multiple people tell this story, including Auggie, two of his new school friends, his sister, and his sister's former best friend. Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Everyone grows and develops as the story progresses, especially the middle school students. This is a fast read and would be a great discussion starter about love, support, and judging people on their appearance. A well-written, thought-provoking book.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375869020
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/14/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
93
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

Ordinary

I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

If I found a magic lamp and I could have one wish, I would wish that I had a normal face that no one ever noticed at all. I would wish that I could walk down the street without people seeing me and then doing that look-away thing. Here’s what I think: the only reason I’m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way.

But I’m kind of used to how I look by now. I know how to pretend I don’t see the faces people make. We’ve all gotten pretty good at that sort of thing: me, Mom and Dad, Via. Actually, I take that back: Via’s not so good at it. She can get really annoyed when people do something rude. Like, for instance, one time in the playground some older kids made some noises. I don’t even know what the noises were exactly because I didn’t hear them myself, but Via heard and she just started yelling at the kids. That’s the way she is. I’m not that way.

Via doesn’t see me as ordinary. She says she does, but if I were ordinary, she wouldn’t feel like she needs to protect me as much. And Mom and Dad don’t see me as ordinary, either. They see me as extraordinary. I think the only person in the world who realizes how ordinary I am is me.

My name is August, by the way. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

Why I Didn’t Go to School

Next week I start fifth grade. Since I’ve never been to a real school before, I am pretty much totally and completely petrified. People think I haven’t gone to school because of the way I look, but it’s not that. It’s because of all the surgeries I’ve had. Twenty-seven since I was born. The bigger ones happened before I was even four years old, so I don’t remember those. But I’ve had two or three surgeries every year since then (some big, some small), and because I’m little for my age, and I have some other medical mysteries that doctors never really figured out, I used to get sick a lot. That’s why my parents decided it was better if I didn’t go to school. I’m much stronger now, though. The last surgery I had was eight months ago, and I probably won’t have to have any more for another couple of years.

Mom homeschools me. She used to be a children’s-book illustrator. She draws really great fairies and mermaids. Her boy stuff isn’t so hot, though. She once tried to draw me a Darth Vader, but it ended up looking like some weird mushroom-shaped robot. I haven’t seen her draw anything in a long time. I think she’s too busy taking care of me and Via.

I can’t say I always wanted to go to school because that wouldn’t be exactly true. What I wanted was to go to school, but only if I could be like every other kid going to school. Have lots of friends and hang out after school and stuff like that.

I have a few really good friends now. Christopher is my best friend, followed by Zachary and Alex. We’ve known each other since we were babies. And since they’ve always known me the way I am, they’re used to me. When we were little, we used to have playdates all the time, but then Christopher moved to Bridgeport in Connecticut. That’s more than an hour away from where I live in North River Heights, which is at the top tip of Manhattan. And Zachary and Alex started going to school. It’s funny: even though Christopher’s the one who moved far away, I still see him more than I see Zachary and Alex. They have all these new friends now. If we bump into each other on the street, they’re still nice to me, though. They always say hello.

I have other friends, too, but not as good as Christopher and Zack and Alex were. For instance, Zack and Alex always invited me to their birthday parties when we were little, but Joel and Eamonn and Gabe never did. Emma invited me once, but I haven’t seen her in a long time. And, of course, I always go to Christopher’s birthday. Maybe I’m making too big a deal about birthday parties.

How I Came to Life

I like when Mom tells this story because it makes me laugh so much. It’s not funny in the way a joke is funny, but when Mom tells it, Via and I just start cracking up.

So when I was in my mom’s stomach, no one had any idea I would come out looking the way I look. Mom had had Via four years before, and that had been such a “walk in the park” (Mom’s expression) that there was no reason to run any special tests. About two months before I was born, the doctors realized there was something wrong with my face, but they didn’t think it was going to be bad. They told Mom and Dad I had a cleft palate and some other stuff going on. They called it “small anomalies.”

There were two nurses in the delivery room the night I was born. One was very nice and sweet. The other one, Mom said, did not seem at all nice or sweet. She had very big arms and (here comes the funny part), she kept farting. Like, she’d bring Mom some ice chips, and then fart. She’d check Mom’s blood pressure, and fart. Mom says it was unbelievable because the nurse never even said excuse me! Meanwhile, Mom’s regular doctor wasn’t on duty that night, so Mom got stuck with this cranky kid doctor she and Dad nicknamed Doogie after some old TV show or something (they didn’t actually call him that to his face). But Mom says that even though everyone in the room was kind of grumpy, Dad kept making her laugh all night long.

When I came out of Mom’s stomach, she said the whole room got very quiet. Mom didn’t even get a chance to look at me because the nice nurse immediately rushed me out of the room. Dad was in such a hurry to follow her that he dropped the video camera, which broke into a million pieces. And then Mom got very upset and tried to get out of bed to see where they were going, but the farting nurse put her very big arms on Mom to keep her down in the bed. They were practically fighting, because Mom was hysterical and the farting nurse was yelling at her to stay calm, and then they both started screaming for the doctor. But guess what? He had fainted! Right on the floor! So when the farting nurse saw that he had fainted, she started pushing him with her foot to get him to wake up, yelling at him the whole time: “What kind of doctor are you? What kind of doctor are you? Get up! Get up!” And then all of a sudden she let out the biggest, loudest, smelliest fart in the history of farts. Mom thinks it was actually the fart that finally woke the doctor up. Anyway, when Mom tells this story, she acts out all the parts--including the farting noises--and it is so, so, so, so funny!

Mom says the farting nurse turned out to be a very nice woman. She stayed with Mom the whole time. Didn’t leave her side even after Dad came back and the doctors told them how sick I was. Mom remembers exactly what the nurse whispered in her ear when the doctor told her I probably wouldn’t live through the night: “Everyone born of God overcometh the world.” And the next day, after I had lived through the night, it was that nurse who held Mom’s hand when they brought her to meet me for the first time.

Mom says by then they had told her all about me. She had been preparing herself for the seeing of me. But she says that when she looked down into my tiny mushed-up face for the first time, all she could see was how pretty my eyes were.

Mom is beautiful, by the way. And Dad is handsome. Via is pretty. In case you were wondering.

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From the Publisher
#1 New York Times bestseller

A School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012

A Publishers Weekly Best of Children's Books 2012

A Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012

A Booklist Best of Children's Books 2012

"Wonder is essentially ... a wonder. It's well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, Wonder touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favor and read this book – your life will be better for it." - Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Slate.com, October 10, 2012:
"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year."

Entertainment Weekly, February 17, 2012, The Top 10 Things We Love This Week:
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for."

The New York Times, April 8, 2012:
"Rich and memorable...It's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of 'Wonder,' and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill."

The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2012:
"What makes R.J. Palacio's debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie's story…The result is a beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.”

The Huffington Post,
March 1, 2012:
"It's in the bigger themes that Palacio's writing shines. This book is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness."
January 2013: "I think every mother and father would be better for having read it. Auggie's parents — who are never named in the book, and don't even get to narrate a chapter of their own — are powerful examples not only of how to shelter and strengthen a child with heartbreaking facial anomalies, but also of how to be a loving advocate to any kid."

The London Times, The Top 100 People to Watch in 2012:
"The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some."

"Full of heart, full of truth, Wonder is a book about seeing the beauty that's all around us.  I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman."
- Rebecca Stead, Newbery award-winning author of When You Reach Me

"It is the deceptive simplicity and honesty of the work that make Wonder so memorable. Every single character seems real and well drawn and oh-so human...This book is beautiful." - Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery award-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy

"A beautiful story of kindness and courage. There are many real and well-developed characters, and they each have their shining moments. Of course, Auggie shines the brightest." - Clare Vanderpool, Newbery award-winning author of Moon Over Manifest

"Wonder is a beautifully told story about heartache, love, and the value of human life. One comes away from it wanting to be a better person." - Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery honor-winning author of Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods

"Wonder is a shining jewel of a story that cannot help but encourage readers of all ages to do better, to be better, in how they treat others in life. I'm totally in love with this novel."  - Trudy Ludwig, anti-bullying advocate and author of My Secret Bully, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, and Just Kidding

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 20, 2012:
“Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes—and hearts—to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd.”

Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012:
“Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.”

Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 1, 2012:
"Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters...A well-written, thought-provoking book."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
“A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.”

Meet the Author

R. J. PALACIO lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it.

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Wonder 4.7 out of 5 based on 32 ratings. 1996 reviews.
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
August has a face like nothing anyone has ever seen. Like a screaming and running away kind of face. He has accepted that this is the face he has. Now he has to figure out how to cope with a world that has never seen a face like his. He has been homeschooled his whole life and now for 5th grade, his parents want him to go to school. A regular school. With kids who don't know him. Kids who have never seen him. For fifth grade. I know I have always thought that 5th grade is the hardest school year of anyone's life, much less, someone like August. As we watch him and his classmates grow it is gratifying that none of them are as cruel and heartless as we all know modern children can be. You will tear up and stand up and cheer as you follow along with the life of August, his friends, his sister, her friends and how everyone is affected by what happens in August's life. Yes, everyone deserves a standing ovation, at least once in their lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! As a teacher I see how kids are mean because of each others' differences. I plan to use this book as a read aloud to allow students to see the different perspectives involved in the politics of middle school. I could not put the book down until I was finished, it was so real and so moving!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever, if August went to my school i would be friends will him. I wouldnt care what anyone would thinkbabout me i would still be friends with him!!!! Push yes if all you people agree with me! I feel real bad for August!
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Children, teenagers, and adults will all enjoy this story. I thought I would be crying again and again throughout, but lucky for me it only happened once. This isn’t a feel sorry for the underdog kind of read. It’s a story that makes you realize how strong people can be. Sometimes we need some help and protection from other people, but sometimes we find that we are strong enough on our own to overcome any obstacle we put our mind to. Auggie isn’t just an ordinary kid by any means – he’s the bravest I’ve ever read about. I read Wonder in two sittings (it would have been one if I hadn’t started it before bed) and couldn’t get enough. While there are very low moments, there are highs as well – and the fact that everything that happens is totally possible, that makes it that much more touching. This is definitely a read that everyone can take something away from. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
3boys4me77 More than 1 year ago
This is a heartwarming, feel-good book about fifth-grader Auggie, who was born with severe facial deformities. The book follows Auggie as he embarks on his first year in school after being homeschooled his whole life. I know some people found this book overly saccharin or unrealistic, but I enjoyed the sweetness of it. By the end, I was shedding happy tears. I think readers from older elementary school kids to adults would like this book. My fourth-grader just finished it and enjoyed it very much.
LIV2read More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter(9)read this and then tried to tell me about it. She kept telling me little parts and how it made her feel. She kept saying how she loved it and finally said, "You just have to read it for yourself!" I was hooked from page one... no, word one. The way the book is written from Auggie's point of view, with the insight and realistic lingo of a child is, to me, one of the great aspects of this book. You are listening to this child describe his life and how he deals with his condition. It is not depressing, though you will get mad, sad and run a gauntlet of other emotions. You see his parents' struggle with the decision to send him to school, among other things. Ultimately, this story draws you in and keeps you reading. Auggie is terrific and inspiring. His parents are believable and human. I really loved this book and highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book my teacher is reading it to my class it is so great i would reccomond for you to buy this. My friend has what august has
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder & the Romeo & Juliet code, are my favorite books. Wonder is really touching. I enjoy the part when august meets justin and, jack punchs julian, because the way he felt about being Augusts friend, and julian wasnt being nice to august because of his face. Sometimes your going to meet different people and some of them you may not like. This book is great im almost done with this book. August discovers that school for him is not as easy as it seems because he has disabilities (deformed) . Reveiw from a 5th grader:)
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
5 STARS FOR WONDER! "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio was a remarkable read. I must say Ms. Palacio that I have never read a novel that was simply unique, wonderful and very exceptional all rolled up on one. Simply the novel was all of that and more! It was one of a kind! This book is for all.... children, teenagers and adults will enjoy this wonderful read. The author told this story beautifully. It was a read that I could not put down until I had finished. August (Auggie) was born with an unknown birth defect, having over twenty-five surgeries... was now ten years old and never had been to school. Auggie had been home schooled by his Mom. Now, his parents decided it was time for him to go to school ... so as a fifth grader he is now attending his first year of middle school at Beecher Prep. What will he encounter in the school and how Auggie handles situations are only left for you to read this wonderful read. I really liked the way the author was able to present Augie who was prepared to take on life and not feel sorry for himself. The characters.... all of them were great in their deliverance of the story.... especially August (Auggie) sister, Via, Summer, Jack, Mr. Browne, and Mr. Tushman (only to name a few)....Truly, I would brought to tears at some of the emotions that were played out in this read. There was one sentence that I liked and it was ...a new rule of life...always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.... in our everyday life do we do this? Definitely our world would be a much better place if we were more kinder to each other! With the love his Auggie's family , friends support and all the goodness that can be really found in people, one can clearly see Auggie for who he is and not for just what he looks like. Truly Auggie deserved to win the Henry Ward Beecher medal. WoW! and the saying... "I'm just me. An ordinary Kid." "Wonder" was a amazing novel and I would like to recommend this read to all. For it is a novel that everyone can get something good from this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To Kill A Mockingbird, So B It and now Wonder are the books that have etched a permanent place in my heart. I guess I have a soft spot for the underdogs. And books that make me cry. Although a quick read, it is a lasting one. Wonder will get under your skin, find it's way to your heart and leave a shadow of itself forever in your mind. This is the perfect story to pick up if you find yourself in a "reading rut".
SoGoodAtBeingMe More than 1 year ago
I read this as a "read aloud" book to my class of sixth graders. They absolutely could not get enough of the book. On the last day they begged me to finish the book which was about 30 minutes of reading. You could have heard a pin drop in my room as I read. At the end of the book, they broke out in to applause! In 15 years of reading aloud book after book after book, I've NEVER had a class clap at the end of a book. And it wasn't just a short clap either, it took a while. I knew they loved it; I didn't realize they loved it that much. It is a heartwarming story appropriate for so many age levels, and serves as a reminder that being kinder than necessary to one another is truly a key part to being a good, honorable person. I'll recommend it over and over!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad read it and loved it, saying how awesome it was, so when he was done I began reading it. I got hooked right away. It's an exciting, sad, and touching story about a boy named August with a different look than anyone else. It shows how some people could be cruel to children who are different, and is interesting to see how someone like August deals with all the comments and frightened stares he gets every day. What would you do if you saw a boy like August? This book makes you think about that, and find out more than ever that kids who look different feel the same as you & me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is sad happy and completely awesome. In some parts you would just cry and in other parts you could punch some of the characters in the face. I would reccomend this to everybody who really loves reading. Click yes if you agree that this book is awesome!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
R.J. wrote this because she took both of her sons (3) and (10), to any ice cream shop and they saw a little girl with a face deformity. Her littlest son started to cry and her oldest son looked scared. And the girl ran away. R.J. and her sons never saw the little girl again. R.J. tryed to think about how a family and the child would go through life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm only 11. I am very particular about what I read. I usually read at a MUCH higher level than most 6th graders and even though this isn't a very advanced read, I loved this book so much! It was reccomended to me by my mom, and we both loved this book to death! This book is worth every penny! August Pullman's story is so inspiring and touching! I LOVED reading this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book! I like how it tells the story about august and the people that he knows. It is a really heart warming book. You should try it. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 12 I found this to be an easy read but it was fantastic! I could not put it down. It was so good. Highly reccomended. If you liked this book you should read Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper or Rules by Cynthia Lord.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER! SO INSPIRING TO ME
mel_bWI More than 1 year ago
The kids who are reading Origami Yoda and Wimpy Kid books will enjoy this look at life through others eyes at life, 5th grade, family friendship, loyalty, kindness. You'll laugh, cry, feel lots of emotions. The student's voices ring true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book! It definately looks into the struggles of a boy of deformation. But yet it really is a magnifying glass that exposes the his family and friends. I love this story because as August gets into 5th grade he has many friends that get used to him. But I can't tell if he and julian will get along. So read this story! See what it is like to be August and his friends and family. PLEASE tell me if this review was helpful!!!
PAMRMW More than 1 year ago
I am 65 years old and would recommend this book to anyone. I really enjoyed the different view points that the writer told the story from. We all can learn great lessons from this. Very good literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher read this book to our class and its excellent!!! Its funny and sometimes it can be sad - and it always had me wanting to make her read more!! I think its creative how the students write there own precepts at the end! Our teacher had us write our own precepts at thee end. This book is so good!! I would write a book on why this book is so good!!!! I would rate it 99999999999999999999999999 stars! Another good book is the mr.terput series :) i hope my reviwe was helpfull ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book. I love it soo much! I recomed it to all who love books that make you laugh and rarley cry.You will fall in love with this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ever buy it. I would give it 100 stars if i could
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sad and really good at the same time