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byR. J. Palacio

Hardcover | February 14, 2012

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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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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 chi...
Title:WonderFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.56 × 5.81 × 1.06 inPublished:February 14, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375869026

ISBN - 13:9780375869020

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Date published: 2017-11-15
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Date published: 2017-11-15
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Date published: 2017-11-14
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Date published: 2017-11-14
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Date published: 2017-11-13
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Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I enjoyed this book. Hoping the film is just as good.
Date published: 2017-11-10
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Date published: 2017-11-09
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Date published: 2017-11-06
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Date published: 2017-11-05
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Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Everyone! What an amazing story. Its a must read for all ages. I loved the different perspectives and the moral of the story. Very well written and engaging. I love Auggie, his family, and friends!
Date published: 2017-11-02
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Date published: 2017-10-30
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Date published: 2017-10-28
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Date published: 2017-10-28
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Date published: 2017-10-27
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Date published: 2017-10-25
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Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming and Charming with Allusions Galore I used this novel with my students and the ENTIRE class loved it. They were moved and also inspired. They loudly applauded the end of the book, and they still talk about it often (we used this book last year).
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Broke my heart, made me cry I rarely cry at books but this had me, a 25 year old, gushing by the end. Bravo, for the ordinary and extraordinary Auggie!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! A great book for a teacher to read to students. This book touches on really important topics for school aged children:bullying, empathy, kindness, etc.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from prepare for tears i dont cry in books often. but this book made the tears i came out. read this. you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is amazing and heart warming. #plumreview I don't often read this genre but fell in love with this book and could not put it down. Seeing the world though Auggie's eyes brings the important things in life into perspective. Can't wait to read Auggie and Me.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I am going to read this book to my students! I have just finished the booked...the story is touching. The author is an awesome writer. Can't wait for the movie to come out.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I listened to the audio book and I really enjoyed it. The voice was weird at first and the first part was a bit slow but the plot still gripped me. I really like that it was written in short sections describing the events and I really liked that it was written from different perspectives, even unlikely ones. Overall a very nice read with a wonderful message.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for everyone! Great book for kids and adults alike, with a powerful message. Can't wait for the movie!
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing An absolutely awesome debut novel. Kudos!!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tear Jerker! AMAZING!!!! That is all I have to say! Make sure you have tissues! I read this book in a day and absolutely loved it! Can't wait for the movie!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Such an unforgettable story. I have no words to describe what a powerful and heartwarming book this is. This is a MUST read.
Date published: 2017-09-18
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Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I WONDER if you'll like it because I did! Fantastic storyline, great life lessons and well written. Give it a shot, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great lesson While the author's writing talents provide a bit of an awkward narrative at times, she ultimately achieves a fun book that's easy for young readers while giving a valuable lesson in not judging a book by its cover. The book has short chapters, making it ideal for young readers or parents and guardians who would like to read it to their children.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from daughter loves it my daughter is 10 and just finished this book every night when she read it she would really think about all the hardships the character had to endure and couldnt believe it. Its an awesome book i highly reccomend this!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Read this with my class and they were all able to relate to Auggie's hardships! Well told story of issues so relevant today!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More kids should read this! I read it to a classroom of grade 5 students and it was a hit. So many opportunities to discuss kindness and empathy.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy read it was a bit predictable but still an interesting find
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet, Funny and Brave Auggie will earn your heart and make you want to cry and laugh at the same time. It is a book that can make your bad day instantly, well, wonderful.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for all ages! This is such a heartwarming tale. It definitely broke my heart at times, but overall the message is great. I think it's a must read for anyone between grades 4 - up to adult. It's never a bad thing to learn to be kind and choose kind. What a great kid Auggie is!
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Students Love This Book!!! I have been reading this to my students now the past 3 years and every year they fall in love with this plot and their favourite character Auggie! What a great book to teach empathy and acceptance. At the end of the book, one year, students gave it a standing ovation. I recommend this to all grades but especially 5/6.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from captivating So, the thing about this book was that I read it in one sitting. I opened the book right before bed and I couldn't put it down! I didn't get much sleep and was cranky at work but it was very much worth it! The voice of a 10 year old boy was captured really well! While the book was meant for a younger audience, this is definitely a book that adults can enjoy as well.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERful This was such a touching story. So powerful. Great book for kids to read to understand the meaning of kindness. Can't wait for the movie.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for middle school readers Considering all the build up to this book from a variety of sources, I was underwhelmed. August Pullman has always been the outsider, the kid that everyone points at and whispers about. He was born with a combination of rare genetic defects that have left him physically deformed. He has been home schooled, until his parents decide it would be in his best interests to send him to grade 5. To say it was a difficult transition would be an under-statement, but Auggie sticks with it and makes friends. Young readers will find this an interesting and helpful story. It is written at a level they can understand and relate to. The message I took from the book is to be kinder than you have to be. After finishing this novel I highly recommend Ugly by Robert Hoge (the younger reader edition). It is the true life story of a boy who was born with severe facial and limb deformations and how he struggled yet continued to thrive against numerous odds. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonder-ful read With relatable characters in realistic life situations, this book is a hit! I finished this book the same day I picked it up from the library. We all have "things" that make us stick out from the crowd, but this book flips them into strengths that make us unique. A good book about true friends and those who aren't.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This book was a great read, it wasn't written greatly and it was very discriptive.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Teachers! This is a great book to read in the classroom. I know many teachers who read it with their students. Such a wonderful book.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read A nice message for children. Great for the classroom (junior grades)
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaker It's sort of a heart breaking read, but funny and sweet too. Would be terrific to read aloud with kids. A really nice message. Definitely pick it up and give it a read before the movie comes out.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Finished! What an amazing book. So worth it! I plan on using this book with my grade 5s this year and wanted to read it first. The messages in this book are so important. The characters are very believable and relatable. Well written.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute! Hopelessly adorable. Had me laughing, crying, yelling, every emotion you could feel was brought out when I was reading this book. Definitely a book for all ages, not just young readers. I even recommended it to my grandma who loved it just as much as I did.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Should Read This Book! I recently read this story in preparation to read aloud to a junior class. It is a warm, heartfelt story of love, acceptance, empathy, and understanding. It encourages bravery and courage as the main character faces his fears and uncertainties, and how he overcomes the negative comments and glares of society ignorance and teaches everyone to look beyond what they see. A must read for classrooms, or parent-child shared reading at home. I particularly like the different voices/perspectives that the author has structured the book in. It takes learning about differing points of view to a much deeper level/experience.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice its a nice read. Its an unforgettable story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great message this book really gave the message of its not whats on the outside but on the inside that counts/dont judge a book the cover
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Great story and currently reading the next book. Can't wait for the movie
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great message This book has such a great message and students love reading it!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! This was a great book, not only in terms of story but also in terms of helping me open my mind. Having POVs from multiple characters demonstrates how everyone has their own truths, and one person's understanding of a situation can be completely different from another's and so it's important not to make assumptions. This feels like a kid friendly way to comprehend the message behind the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why as well.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This book changed my life... period. I will never forget the day it was recommended to me as a classroom teacher for my next read aloud... I can't believe how it changed us... as a class, and how it brought us together as a collective... It truly is the only book I consistently ask staff and students alike if they have read. A must read for any age.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Great book that teacher diversity and inclusion.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A great story for people of all ages.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honestly, one of the best books I have ever read It was so touching and moving and Polacio did a great job writing in the view of different characters. My favourite was the book with the Julian chapter which was incredible. I wish I could give it 10 stars!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good Good story, middle grade with a touching message. I cried, I laughed, I read it in less than one day.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonder-ful The title of this book makes you wonder, what its gonna be, but then once you start reading it, you find its about a boy who goes through surgery and has a facial disorder, as he looks very scary. This book is absolutely, beautifully written as it talks about friends, peers, school, and most importantly, people loving you for who you are. This book talks about acceptance, and belief, and love, and there are some dark and mean things in this book, however it is important to bring awareness to it because, it shows how bullying and tormenting someone who is different and living that life can be difficult. Yet, it shows courage through the main character Auggie and this book will make you cry, because it is so sad!! The ending is beautiful, but it makes you wonder how boys and girls in our real world are going through the same thing and it is truly heart breaking, but so sweet.. After reading this book, you will feel like you know more about things and will try to be more accepting! It truly is a life-changing book. Lots of people read this, and recommend it, and I say that is a good book that really resembles real life, as I went to elementary school and could truly relate to the environment described in the book. I recommend this book for kids! I also recommend it for adults if they would like to read it, but highly recommend it for kids! Soo sad, sweet, and impactful! Thankyou R. J Palacio!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect A powerful and highly entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! An amzing and phenonmenal read. Could relate to it on so many differnet levels. Well done!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read it to my grade. 8 class. awesome
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!! So glad I read this book. I connected so much to it. It isn't possible not to fall in love with Auggie.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... Amazing phenomenal book with amazing content! Well done!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming story This is a powerful story that is aimed at kids in middle school, but just as moving for any age.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming story This is a powerful story that is aimed at kids in middle school, but just as moving for any age.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Such a heartwarming story, aimed towards a middle grade audience but perfect for any age. “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! I've had this book for several years, but was never terribly interested in reading it. A couple weeks ago I saw a trailer for the movie coming out in November and decided that I had better read the book because the movie looks pretty moving! Well... the book was excellent. I completely fell in love with Auggie. My heart broke for him and the struggles he faced. I loved the happy, hopeful ending. I was a little surprised to see it was written from a few different points of view. I'm not sure that it was necessary, but did make it interesting to hear certain other characters POV concerning Auggie. Aside from knowing his initial reaction to August, I really don't know why Via's boyfriend had his own POV. Maybe if he had had a bigger role in the story... Anyway, overall a very touching story, appropriate for all ages, which reminds us to be careful with our words and actions, and to look deeper that a person's appearance.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing book with a great and compelling plot. Very deep messages here.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average This was a slow to start. It had some interesting concepts but didn't hold my interest.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Loved This! I read this a long time ago but it is a great story with a really good message! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lit Kit book Students connect well with this text and it's great for read aloud or self study.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Family Read A great story for all ages. It really makes you think about the world around you, how you interact with people, how to appreciate the small things in life. I loved the various viewpoints of a same event, as it made you understand why each person acted the way they did.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For all children, families, classrooms A wonderful read-aloud story to enjoy and initiate meaningful discussion, building empathy. Laugh out loud funny, heartbreaking and kind.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book for kids of all ages! This has got to be the best read-aloud book I have ever encountered in my years as a teacher. I read it every year to my class, and those students who I have two years in a row (due to having split grades) always clamor for me to read it again! The book so fully captures the life of Auggie Pullman and the people he is close to and reminds us all to be kind in a way that is heartfelt without being sentimental. I would definitely say this is a must-read for every human being on the planet!
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I first read this bool in my grade 6 English class and it really moved me and taught me a lot about accepting myself. This book was brilliantly written and truly amazing and powerful
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Terrific debut novel. Strikes an authentic tone, inspires acceptance. And lots of fun!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome book i learend alot about this book about auggie and the others.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful! A very quick read that shares the story of Auggie born with a facial deformity. I would recommend using this book in literature circles and critically analyzing all that the novel offers from the amalgamation of characters to the emotions that they share.
Date published: 2017-05-16

Read from the Book

OrdinaryI 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 as ordinary, either. They see me as extraordinary. I think the only person in the world who realizes how ordinary I am is me.My name is August, by the way. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.Why I Didn’t Go to SchoolNext week I start fifth grade. Since I’ve never been to a real school before, I am pretty much totally and completely petrified. People think I haven’t gone to school because of the way I look, but it’s not that. It’s because of all the surgeries I’ve had. Twenty-seven since I was born. The bigger ones happened before I was even four years old, so I don’t remember those. But I’ve had two or three surgeries every year since then (some big, some small), and because I’m little for my age, and I have some other medical mysteries that doctors never really figured out, I used to get sick a lot. That’s why my parents decided it was better if I didn’t go to school. I’m much stronger now, though. The last surgery I had was eight months ago, and I probably won’t have to have any more for another couple of years.Mom homeschools me. She used to be a children’s-book illustrator. She draws really great fairies and mermaids. Her boy stuff isn’t so hot, though. She once tried to draw me a Darth Vader, but it ended up looking like some weird mushroom-shaped robot. I haven’t seen her draw anything in a long time. I think she’s too busy taking care of me and Via.I can’t say I always wanted to go to school because that wouldn’t be exactly true. What I wanted was to go to school, but only if I could be like every other kid going to school. Have lots of friends and hang out after school and stuff like that.I have a few really good friends now. Christopher is my best friend, followed by Zachary and Alex. We’ve known each other since we were babies. And since they’ve always known me the way I am, they’re used to me. When we were little, we used to have playdates all the time, but then Christopher moved to Bridgeport in Connecticut. That’s more than an hour away from where I live in North River Heights, which is at the top tip of Manhattan. And Zachary and Alex started going to school. It’s funny: even though Christopher’s the one who moved far away, I still see him more than I see Zachary and Alex. They have all these new friends now. If we bump into each other on the street, they’re still nice to me, though. They always say hello.I have other friends, too, but not as good as Christopher and Zack and Alex were. For instance, Zack and Alex always invited me to their birthday parties when we were little, but Joel and Eamonn and Gabe never did. Emma invited me once, but I haven’t seen her in a long time. And, of course, I always go to Christopher’s birthday. Maybe I’m making too big a deal about birthday parties.How I Came to LifeI like when Mom tells this story because it makes me laugh so much. It’s not funny in the way a joke is funny, but when Mom tells it, Via and I just start cracking up.So when I was in my mom’s stomach, no one had any idea I would come out looking the way I look. Mom had had Via four years before, and that had been such a “walk in the park” (Mom’s expression) that there was no reason to run any special tests. About two months before I was born, the doctors realized there was something wrong with my face, but they didn’t think it was going to be bad. They told Mom and Dad I had a cleft palate and some other stuff going on. They called it “small anomalies.”There were two nurses in the delivery room the night I was born. One was very nice and sweet. The other one, Mom said, did not seem at all nice or sweet. She had very big arms and (here comes the funny part), she kept farting. Like, she’d bring Mom some ice chips, and then fart. She’d check Mom’s blood pressure, and fart. Mom says it was unbelievable because the nurse never even said excuse me! Meanwhile, Mom’s regular doctor wasn’t on duty that night, so Mom got stuck with this cranky kid doctor she and Dad nicknamed Doogie after some old TV show or something (they didn’t actually call him that to his face). But Mom says that even though everyone in the room was kind of grumpy, Dad kept making her laugh all night long.When I came out of Mom’s stomach, she said the whole room got very quiet. Mom didn’t even get a chance to look at me because the nice nurse immediately rushed me out of the room. Dad was in such a hurry to follow her that he dropped the video camera, which broke into a million pieces. And then Mom got very upset and tried to get out of bed to see where they were going, but the farting nurse put her very big arms on Mom to keep her down in the bed. They were practically fighting, because Mom was hysterical and the farting nurse was yelling at her to stay calm, and then they both started screaming for the doctor. But guess what? He had fainted! Right on the floor! So when the farting nurse saw that he had fainted, she started pushing him with her foot to get him to wake up, yelling at him the whole time: “What kind of doctor are you? What kind of doctor are you? Get up! Get up!” And then all of a sudden she let out the biggest, loudest, smelliest fart in the history of farts. Mom thinks it was actually the fart that finally woke the doctor up. Anyway, when Mom tells this story, she acts out all the parts--including the farting noises--and it is so, so, so, so funny!Mom says the farting nurse turned out to be a very nice woman. She stayed with Mom the whole time. Didn’t leave her side even after Dad came back and the doctors told them how sick I was. Mom remembers exactly what the nurse whispered in her ear when the doctor told her I probably wouldn’t live through the night: “Everyone born of God overcometh the world.” And the next day, after I had lived through the night, it was that nurse who held Mom’s hand when they brought her to meet me for the first time.Mom says by then they had told her all about me. She had been preparing herself for the seeing of me. But she says that when she looked down into my tiny mushed-up face for the first time, all she could see was how pretty my eyes were.Mom is beautiful, by the way. And Dad is handsome. Via is pretty. In case you were wondering.

Editorial Reviews

#1 New York Times bestsellerA School Library Journal Best of Children's Books A Publishers Weekly Best of Children's Books A Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books A Booklist Best of Children's Books "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 authorSlate.com:"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year."Entertainment Weekly: "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:"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:"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: "It's in the bigger themes that Palacio's writing shines. This book is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness.""Full of heart, full of truth, Wonder is a book about seeing the beauty that's all around us.  I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman."- Rebecca Stead, Newbery award-winning author of When You Reach Me"It is the deceptive simplicity and honesty of the work that make Wonder so memorable. Every single character seems real and well drawn and oh-so human...This book is beautiful." - Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery award-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy"A beautiful story of kindness and courage. There are many real and well-developed characters, and they each have their shining moments. Of course, Auggie shines the brightest." - Clare Vanderpool, Newbery award-winning author of Moon Over Manifest"Wonder is a beautifully told story about heartache, love, and the value of human life. One comes away from it wanting to be a better person." - Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery honor-winning author of Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods"Wonder is a shining jewel of a story that cannot help but encourage readers of all ages to do better, to be better, in how they treat others in life. I'm totally in love with this novel."  - Trudy Ludwig, anti-bullying advocate and author of My Secret Bully, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, and Just KiddingStarred Review, Publishers Weekly:“Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes--and hearts--to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd.”Starred Review, Booklist:“Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.”Starred Review, School Library Journal:"Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters...A well-written, thought-provoking book."Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews:“A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.”