Wonder

by R. J. Palacio
Read by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl

Brilliance Audio | February 14, 2012 | Audio Book (CD)

Wonder is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school?until now. He's about to enter fifth 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 crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power. Wonder is a book with such a big, wide heart? it shows how we are all fragile, imperfect, and perfectly beautiful creatures. A wonderful novel by a wonder of a writer ? ? Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender, Before We Were Free, Finding Miracles, and the T?a Lola Stories

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 3.15 × 1.97 × 0.39 in

Published: February 14, 2012

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1455844225

ISBN - 13: 9781455844227

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I had heard such wonderful things about R. J. Palacio’s debut novel, Wonder, that when I saw it was on sale at Audible, I just had to snatch it up! I didn’t know much about it, only that the main character, Auggie, looks different from everyone else. Going in with just that knowledge, I didn’t expect to fall into such a heartbreaking, lovely, and funny book! Wonder is about Auggie, who is born with some deformities. He’s had surgeries to correct certain things, such as his cleft palate, for example, but he knows that he’s going to look different for his entire life. Though now, he’s going from being home-schooled to entering a mainstream school. One thing I really loved about this novel — okay, there were a few things — was, a) the short chapters. This made it so easy to listen to in the car because I could easily finish a chapter before having to get out for my errands. It was also easy to figure out what was a chapter — some audiobooks don’t leave much of a pause around a chapter heading that it’s hard to figure out if it’s a heading, or just part of the current chapter. And b) the fact that the story wasn’t just told from Auggie’s point of view. I think unless you have something that you have to live with that the public may see (or try not to see) you really don’t know what Auggie is going through. It was wonderful to actually get into his head and get a real account of what it would be like to be different, when all along he knows he’s not different — but just different in his looks. In all other senses, he’s just a little boy. “It’s like people you see sometimes, and you can’t imagine what it would be like to be that person, whether it’s somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who can’t talk. Only, I know that I’m that person to other people, maybe to every single person in that whole auditorium. To me, though, I’m just me. An ordinary kid.” But Auggie’s story isn’t the only story that the reader needs to see. There’s Olivia, Auggie’s sister, who is entering high school and for once wants something to be about her, not about Auggie. She wants to be known as Olivia, not Olivia-the-girl-with-the-brother-with-the-deformity. Then there’s Jack and Summer, friends of Auggie at his new school. We see what they think when they first meet him, or what their parents think when they bring him home for dinner. All in all, this is a heartbreaking book about what it’s like to be different and how other people seem to view being different as being diseased, something one can catch just by touching the different person. What R. J. Palacio teaches the reader is that people like Auggie are just that … people. They have feelings, too, and they get hurt. This is a book about being kind — being kinder than necessary. “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you wil try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.” The narration wasn’t anything too special. It featured one of my favourites, Nick Podehl, and I have to say I really enjoyed his parts. In fact, I thought he sounded a lot like Billy Crystal at some points! The nice thing about the narration was that not once did I feel like I was reading a middle grade book. It wasn’t something that felt too young. It actually felt a bit older than middle grade. The only confusing parts were at the end when a list of precepts are listed and it was just a little confusing to listen to — it would have been much better to see on paper. My only real complaint about the novel is that it would have been nice to see a point of view from a parent — perhaps Summer’s mother when she brings Auggie over after school? Or even the school principal. The other thing is that the ending was just a tad too predictable, but keep in mind that this is a middle grade book — there’s still plenty of meat on the inside to teach lessons and compassion. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It truly is a wonderful read and one that is very, very memorable.
Date published: 2012-07-08

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Wonder

by R. J. Palacio
Read by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 3.15 × 1.97 × 0.39 in

Published: February 14, 2012

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1455844225

ISBN - 13: 9781455844227

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August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school?until now. He's about to enter fifth 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 crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power. Wonder is a book with such a big, wide heart? it shows how we are all fragile, imperfect, and perfectly beautiful creatures. A wonderful novel by a wonder of a writer ? ? Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender, Before We Were Free, Finding Miracles, and the T?a Lola Stories

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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