Wonder

Wonder

by R. J. Palacio
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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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

Over 6 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780370332284
Publisher: Bodley Head, The
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

R. J. Palacio is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. She lives in New York City with her husband, their two sons, and a black dog named Bear. Wonder is her first novel.

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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