Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 1.18 in
Published: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0375869026
ISBN - 13: 9780375869020
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.
Read from the Book
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 a
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
Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder
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.
#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 t