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Wonder

by R. J. Palacio

Random House Children's Books | February 14, 2012 | Hardcover

Wonder is rated 4.625 out of 5 by 16.
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has captivated over 1 million readers now also includes the bestselling short story The Julian Chapter.

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.

Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1.3 in

Published: February 14, 2012

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375869026

ISBN - 13: 9780375869020

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was one of the best children's books I've read in a while. I used it as a novel study in my class and the kids couldn't put it down. They got mad at me for putting limits on how far I'd let them read. Worth picking up and reading, no matter how old you are.
Date published: 2014-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So great! If you’ve never been on the side of teasing and bullying in school, then this book would definitely show you what it feels like to be on that side. August has a disfigurement that has caused his face to look lopsided that no amount of surgery can fix. Yet on the inside, he is just your average ten year old boy obsessed with Star Wars and playing video games. Here’s a story where people matter, and where the boy wonder is as intelligent as any adult. I can’t help but smile at the tenacity and strength that August has. No matter what brought him down, he was right back up again. At times he felt like a punching bag, where kids would bring him down just for the fun of it. Yet August didn’t let it get to him. He knows he may look different, but just because he does, doesn’t mean he is. His whole personality is reflected in the eyes of the rest of the characters in the latter half of the novel which I enjoyed immensely. Considering there are a couple of characters, it didn’t feel confusing, it just felt real. You felt what they felt, especially in August’s point of view. Look for a fun and light hearted read, RJ Palacio writes the truth, be kind to people, no matter what they say about you.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing i thought this book was great for young kids to young adults. there is a lesson that is to not judge someone by how they look or who you think they are. you can judge someone until you know who they really are or how the saying goes, don't judge a book by its cover.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonder-ful I bought this a while ago and it was amazing even wonder-ful. Get it????!!!!! Haha! I loved how it was told from different perspectives. It was great and I loved the characters. I can't wait for more novels by R.J Palacio.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonder-ful I bought this a while ago and it was amazing even wonder-ful. Get it????!!!!! Haha! I loved how it was told from different perspectives. It was great and I loved the characters. I can't wait for more novels by R.J Palacio.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonder-ful I bought this a while ago and it was amazing even wonder-ful. Get it????!!!!! Haha! I loved how it was told from different perspectives. It was great and I loved the characters. I can't wait for more novels by R.J Palacio.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring This book is about a boy who is deformed. His name is August. He did home schooling ever since he started school. It was the beginning of a new year, August was going to start the fifth grade. He realized that his parents sent an application to a very good school and he got accepted to the school. At first he does not want to go, but he promised his parents he would try and if he did not like it he could stop any time. When he arrive to the school everyone looks at him and he feels very uncomfortable. Soon a boy name Julian starts being rude to August. Soon Julian gangs up everyone to be rude to August too. August tries to prove to everyone he is not a zombie and tries to make them realize that he is a normal kid with a extraordinary face. The third special part is when he get award at the end of the year. He was sitting down watching student getting their awards, then all of a sudden he hears his name. He walks to the front of the stage and he gets his award. He said this was one of the best feelings in his life. Some characters of the book are August, Julian, Jake , Summer, Daisy, August mom and dad and many other characters.This book is good for anyone it has a really good message and has great humor. On the first day of school it was hard , he made friends with a boy name Jake and Summer , then On Halloween he heard Jake saying bad thing about him behind his back. With his enemy Julian. Julian has been mean to August the day he started school. August ignores Jake and becomes a closer friend with Summer. August is different from everyone at his school. He will show everyone he is an ordinary kid and not very different from each other. I hope you will want to read this book and see how good it is. These are the reasons why you should reads this book. I am 100% sure that you would enjoy this book. If you like the book please share with others so they can enjoy as well.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I had the opportunity to borrow this book from my school's library. This book was recommended to me by my Grade 11 English teacher. I was immediately hooked within the first few pages! The plot was good, and the characters were well developed. This book is an easy read and is great for anyone!
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A treasure This book was so sweet and lovely and inspirational. I can't say enough good things. August is such a wonderful child and his family is a joy. I loved the message in this book, and the manner in which the story was told through multiple points of view/narration. I know this book was intended for a teen audience, but I would recommend it for all ages. It has a nice anti-bullying undercurrent and a great message: Be kinder ... not just kind ... but kinder. A treasure.
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book should be required reading for preteens everywhere. A wonderful story, about a wonderful boy that brings to the forefront difficult issues. Great bedtime reading for those kids 10+ who still like to read with their family....I was moved to tears several times!
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Wonder"ful I saw this book on store shelves and then up at my school library, I picked it up and I didn't know what the book was about. The other day I finished it and let me tell you, the characters were so real! Everything was beyond real almost like I was really seeing this. Julian was a believable character, Jack-Will was a believable character and especially August who was a great character. TheBookReviewer
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving, engrossing and profound. If there was one book I wish I had with me when I was in grade 5, this book would be it. Usually, I am not a big fan of coming-of-age stories. I always figured I read a book to get away from real life, why would I read about all of life's ups and downs just to throw me back down to reality? I was forced for read Alice, I Think back in grade 9 and I still get shivers down my spine when I think about it. I could never connect with Alice and that was the book's ultimate downfall. August Pullman, however, was so relatable. Surely most of us don't have it as bad as August but we've all had our own insecurities. Every glance a person directs your way can seem like an x-ray, seeing deep within to where your insecurities are hiding. We've all had days where we want to stay in bed forever and ever so we never had to face the world ever again. R. J. Palacio was able to put words to emotions we've all felt into words simple enough for middle graders. And it wasn't just August's story that resonated with me. From Via and Miranda's struggles to fit into high school to Jack and Summer's friendship with August, I have all felt those emotions and magically, their stories all built on to August's. And often times, I felt blindsided by some of these kids' stories because rarely do you get to see the perspectives of supporting characters. By only seeing one perspective, you can often jump to conclusion and develop a dislike for a certain character or two Jack and Miranda. But then, hearing from their side changes everything. I love it when multiple perspectives intertwine so well together; it's rare for it to be done so well, let alone in the simplistic, easy-to-read manner of Wonder. Special shoutouts to Auggie's parents, Isabel and Nate, for being the absolute best parents (other than my own, of course). They are like the parents every child wish they had. Not only were they caring, funny and strong, they knew their kids so well. They knew when to let things go, when to bring things up and when their kids needed love. Although their perspectives were never told, you know there were lots going on in their heads; telling their stories would require an entirely separate book. And lastly, I want to talk about Auggie. He is brave, smart, funny and definitely a wonder. Out of everyone's coming of age story, I loved his the most. Not only is it because he had to put up with much more, but because him alone was able to change other people for the better. When I look back, I realized everyone who has grown throughout the book came into contact with August in some shape or form. It really brings it home that all you need is to get to know a person, no matter what your initial judgement is. You might be surprised at how much this person changes you. R. J. Palacio also has a lot of cool supplementary info on her website like FAQs and some interesting notes. I absolutely adored this book and I would recommend it to everyone. Yes, I'm pointing at you, Reader, to give this book a chance. You might be surprised at how much this book changes you. Food for thoughts (and I also loved all of the quotes in between different perspectives): MR. BROWNE’S PRECEPTS SEPTEMBER When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind. —Dr. Wayne W. Dyer OCTOBER Your deeds are your monuments. —inscription on an Egyptian tomb NOVEMBER Have no friends not equal to yourself. —Confucius DECEMBER Audentes fortuna iuvat. (Fortune favors the bold.) —Virgil JANUARY No man is an island, entire of itself. —John Donne FEBRUARY It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. —James Thurber MARCH Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. —Blaise Pascal APRIL What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful. —Sappho MAY Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as you ever can. —John Wesley’s Rule JUNE Just follow the day and reach for the sun! —The Polyphonic Spree, “Light and Day” and most of all: AUGUST PULLMAN’S PRECEPT Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world. —Auggie
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated out of 5 by from wonder is a really good book i'm reading it in class. its about a 10 year old boy August Pullman, who has a case of Mandibulofacial (when two bad jeans get mixed together and create an abnormal face. is starting his first year of going to school after being home schooled. his adventures start in middle school with his friends and a couple of mean people. his sister Olivia (via) is going thru some emotional times after her first day in high school! you will hear from many charters points of views starting from August.
Date published: 2013-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonder is wonderful R. J. Palacio’s debut novel Wonder is wonderful. It tells the story of ten-year-old August (Auggie) Pullman who was born with “a previously unknown type of mandibulofacial dysostosis caused by a autosomal recessive mutation in the TCOF1 gene,” or, in other words, he’s not “normal” looking. Auggie has already had twenty-seven surgeries in an effort to correct some of the problems, but he has come to terms with the way he looks. He doesn’t like it, but he accepts it. August lives with his parents and 14-year-old sister Olivia (Via) in North River Heights, which is located at the very top of Manhattan. His parents have decided to take the very brave step of enrolling August in school for the first time. Until now his mom has been home schooling him. They are all hyper-aware of August’s stare-inducing face, but his mom and dad also understand that they can’t protect him forever. Wonder follows August through fifth grade, not only from his point of view, but from the perspective of some of his classmates and his sister, too. One of his new friends, Summer, says: "I sat with him that first day because I felt sorry for him. That’s all. Here he was, this strange-looking kid in a brand-new school. No one was talking to him. Everyone was staring at him. All the girls at my table were whispering about him. He wasn’t the only new kid at Beecher Prep, but he was the only one everyone was talking about. Julian had nicknamed him the Zombie Kid, and that’s what everyone was calling him." August’s favourite day of the whole year is, you guessed it, Hallowe’en. He says it’s “the best holiday in the world. It even beats Christmas. I get to dress up in a costume. I get to wear a mask. I get to go around like every other kid with a mask and no one thinks I look weird. Nobody takes a second look. Nobody notices me.” If that doesn’t break your heart, I don’t know what will. Olivia is also spreading her wings and her fierce love for her brother is tinged, realistically, with some adolescent id. For example, she doesn’t want her parents to attend a school play because they’ll bring August and she doesn’t want her new high school friends to see him. Despite understanding the extreme nature of Auggie’s problem – she would never call it deformity, but there you have it – she is starting to want some of her mother’s very August – focused attention for herself. Still, she is a good sister. August is smart and funny and well-supported by parents who love him and understand that they cannot shield him from life’s cruelty forever. He is beginning to make his way in a world that may not always show him kindness and yet he is so buoyed by the love of his family and the support of friends, one can only imagine that he will be just fine. If the ending is perhaps just the teensiest bit instructional, the proffered lesson is one I can get behind. We must be kind to each other. Cynical readers might also argue that Wonder‘s ending is a bit saccharine. I disagree. Instead, I agree with Auggie’s mother when she tells him: “You really are a wonder.” And so is this book. A must read.
Date published: 2013-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Firstly, I can not believe this is a debut. Wow. just wow. What a powerful, unforgettable story. There is not too much to say other than this is a book for everyone. Within the pages we meet the the beautiful soul of Auggie as he experiences and adjusts to his first year going to a regular school. Told through various perspectives, as readers we learn so much about humanity, cruelty and kindness through the eyes of this young boy. If you share one book with your children, your class or family–let it be this one. For more reviews check out - www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2012-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Take the good with the bad. This promising story failed to deliver what I felt it could have, dealing, as it was, with a hard-hitting and edgy subject. August, a severely deformed student (in a society that so worships beauty) enters school for the first time, and faces some of the reactions one might expect under these circumstances. The problems I had with the story were: - The story is told by August, his sister Via, his friend Jack, and Via's boyfriend Justin, yet the characters' voices were all very similar. - The characters were largely one-dimensional and this detracted from the emotional impact that more realistic portrayals could have achieved. - August's parents were practically saints. - The dialogue often did not ring true. - Some happenings were too bizarre to be believable. For example, the school principal sends an email to parents of a child who has been assaulted, and in this message he launches into character praise of the responsible child. - The ending tied everything up far too neatly. The biggest problem I had with the story structure was the way conflicts were almost glossed over. There was far too little shown of what August (and even Jack) went through during periods of adversity and shunning. This was a significant missed opportunity. In my opinion, a story that is meant to offer an honest depiction of life as a deformed child owes more to the reader than pat resolutions on all fronts, with the lone remaining bad guy neatly removed, and everyone else living happily ever after. Despite all of that, I did enjoy much about "Wonder" and was entertained enough to read through to the end. Younger readers will undoubtedly find far less to fault in this story, and may well benefit from seeing the world through the experiences of someone like August. If it can help make young readers into kinder, more thoughtful people, then all of this book's shortcomings are easily forgivable.
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is an absolutely wonderful book - every child and adult should read it!! Told from a child's viewpoint, it teaches (in a powerful, loving way) not to judge a book by its cover.
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated out of 5 by from Every teen and child and parent should read
Date published: 2012-04-06

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Wonder

by R. J. Palacio

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1.3 in

Published: February 14, 2012

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

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 probably worse.
"
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 appearances?
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.

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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
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From the Publisher

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has captivated over 1 million readers now also includes the bestselling short story The Julian Chapter.

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

#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
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