From the Publisher
I won''t describe what I look like. Whatever you''re thinking,
it''s probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity 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
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About 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.
About the Book
"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that
prevented him from going to a mainstream school--until now. He's
about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been
the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is
Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can
he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will
have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next.
With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but
loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, "Wonder" is
accessible to readers of all levels.
Published: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0375869026
ISBN - 13: 9780375869020