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Wonder

byR. J. Palacio

Hardcover | February 14, 2012

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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY!

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...
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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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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Such a great read that should be on school reading lists. Sad, funny and heartbreaking at times.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and inspiring story! A heartwarming story full of ups and downs for the main character Auggie, as well as his friends and family. Some cultural references in the novel that younger children may not understand. Recommend for grades 4 and up.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Wonder is a very heartwarming story of kids learning the importance of kindness in the world!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and Heartwarming! I bought this book for my 12-year-old son, and ended up reading it myself! It's a moving story about a boy who struggles to be accepted by his peers because he looks different from them. The story is told from the perspectives of various characters, which gives readers interesting insights into those characters in addition to Augie's. My 12-year-old and 10-year-old sons both love this book as much as I do!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My class loved this book Used it as a read aloud and the class always wanted to hear more
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book. My class and a few others read this book together. Very well-written, interesting and inspiring story.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good emotional book I loved it because it told me how to fix discrimination with a ten year old boy. and it was sad at the end because he gets so many friends. it was the perfect book for me.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read for YA This is such a great read for YA and elementary aged students. Tells a unique story that anyone can relate to.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It tried! This book tries so hard to be a feel-good story about good people with good intentions who are stuck in a sad, unfortunate situation which they all overcome with love and understanding. It's just too simplistic at times, considering the hardships the main character must be facing all the time.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless I got this book for my birthday and I'm so thankful that i did!! i read the book with my mom and once we finished, we watched the movie. But the book is always better, obviously!!
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Well written book. A must read for young and old alike. You truly get to know and feel what all the characters feel. Truly eye opening and heartwarming.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I bought this a month or so ago and it is amazing. It really reflects the movie. It is a wonderful gift for anyone.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! R.J Palacio's way of writing really opened my eyes. The way she wrote in Auggie's perspective amazed me. This book was one of the ones I could not put down. I don't believe any other would present this book as amazing the way this author did. I would recommend to any one who's looking for a great read!
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelivable Teachers the reader about what's on the inside not out.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the book and the movie My daughter's grade 4 class read this book in school, and she was so enthralled by it. We saw the movie, then I bought her the book for Christmas. It's one of her favourites! Also teaches emphathy.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful!!! What a great book! I read it with my kids and we all really enjoyed it and had some valuable discussions. I can’t wait to see the movie next.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good! loved the book and loved the movie. highly recommend this one
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Could've been better... Some parts just felt really weak, very disappointed.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good I think this was a great way to express accepting differences to young people. Heavy handed but it doesn't come off that way. Very good.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! What an incredible story Great age appropriate read for a child seeking an empathetic understanding of this young fellow. So incredibly well done!
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Age Appropriate This book is perfect for the child in your life who would like to have a better understanding of what it is like to live with a disability - it is written from several points of view (all of which are children).
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this. I read this on class and this is the only book that has interrupted my reading block! Although I have more than 10 books to finish reading, I haven't done that since last year. This book brought me back. I love it, and I can't wait to watch the movie!
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not great I am a teacher so when this book was first introduced to me, I was over the moon! It has many good parts, likeable characters and a memorable lesson but there's no digging deep and left me feeling a bit unsatisfied.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uplifting book My 10 year old son purchased this book, and asked me to read it with him. I was surprised, because he is the type of child who avoids anything remotely sad. We read it together, and wow! We laughed, we cried, we couldn't put it down. It was a great bonding experience. Any child, despite what they look like, can relate to Auggie Pullman in one way or another. He's just a 10 year old boy trying to get through his first year of middle school.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very cute I read this book a really long time ago. I recently picked it up again and it was good then and it's still good now. I love the plot and the characters in the book. Equally loved the movie too. Overall experience with this book was amazing.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! Could not put this book down! I really enjoyed how the story was told through the different perspectives of each of the characters. Definitely would recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I think we need more books like this. I loved it so much, such a sweet, sad, yet strong story.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read for the whole family We wanted to read the book before we saw the movie. Whole family read it and just thoroughly enjoyed the story. None of us could put it down.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Different the way perspectives are shown in the story is so exquisite. Not only does the author manage to capture the struggles of being born different so amazingly but his writing is like chocolate..addicting and rich. This is a must read
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute I bought this in the summer of 2017, and finished it a few months ago. I thought it was really cute, and it was interesting how the characters all got to explain their view of things in the story. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good book to read!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best sad story! it was sad but good i really enjoyed it. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Very sweet story about a boy, made me think a lot.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A sweet story This was such a cute, sweet story about an amazing boy.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from truly touching i watched the movie prior to reading the book and yet i was still in awe when reading this novel.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed the book Amazing story. Loved the friendship, and the family in the book. I loved how we could see other people's perspective.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Such an amazing book. Excellent insight, it really opens your eyes. Loved it.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I loved this book! It was really interesting how we were able to see the different perspectives of the other characters in the book about Auggie as well as the struggles they face. Highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Everyone should read this book ! Great insight and eye opener.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kind of boring and annoying. Auggie himself was a bit self-centered. The storyline did not have much movement. Overall, not the best book.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for parents and kids This is one book (and movie!) that both my 11 year old and I could enjoy together! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I have not personally read this book but my son has it and he loves it
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahhhhh Soooo good Me and a friend read it together we both found it exceptional, LOOOOVED IT!!!!!!
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book I love this book. It is my favourite. This book is so inspirational and i love the quotes in it. I also recommend reading the book of quotes. This is definitely a must read. I would give it 10000 stars.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for every student As a teacher, this is one of those books that I want to read to my students over and over again. It's a book that captivates not only myself as a grown reader, but my students of all different ages. From start to finish, this book is one that brings the reader so much happiness, emotion, empathy and anticipation. I highly recommend this book not only as a teacher, but as a person in general.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bullying awareness Incredible life lesson about bullying - highly recommended
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonder-FUL BOOK! I bought this book for my 11 year old son at Christmas. He read it in 2 weeks. Then he gave it to me to read and I am in "Awww" of this book. What a wonderful book for kids and parents alike.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! The sensitive topic of bullying is represented in an eye-opening way. A great read for all ages!
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful The message of 'Be Kind' was really clear. The book was well put together and you can tell that the author gave it a lot of thought.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! An inspiring book for kids with great storytelling.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book this is a good little book great read for a 12 year. might be a little much for younger than that
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I bought this book because I was hearing a lot of praise for it. I think it is a great book to teach students about inclusion and accepting other for who they are. Side note: I cried a few times reading it. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED! I bought this book before Christmas with plans to read it and then see the film, but just with the busy time of year I didn't get the time. However, a few weeks ago I picked the book off the shelf and literally read the entire book in one sitting. I could not put it down. It was the cutest most heart breaking but heart warming story. Loved every moment of it.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Such an inspiring read! I'm so glad children are reading this globally
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for kids! Read this to my class before we went to the movie. Kids loved it. Auggie is so endearing. The kids loved hearing the story from different perspectives. Will read to my class again next year!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was Ok It had a good premise but it was lacking in the delivery. If you need somthing to pass time with its a good read.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok It was a cute story, but I think it was overhyped. I think they could have done more with it
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Fantastic and heart felt. A little juvenile, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just loved it! II liked how the author wove together several different characters' stories.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Amazing book with very important life lessons. Recommend it to teachers, students, and adults. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book This is such a beautiful and important story to read. Really enjoyed this one
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book I really enjoyed this one. The author gets you inside what it would feel like to be Auggie and the challenges he faces. I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading it, and finished it in a couple of silent reading periods. My students also enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye opener. Everyone needs to read this book. Especially teachers and students.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book! This is a great book, very inspired.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring ! Everyone needs to read this book. Especially teachers and students. Eye opener.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a WONDERful book! This book is so meaningful and brings joy to me in my darkest times, this book is also to the reason I'm so interested in books now. If you don't want to leave Auggie Pullman, Auggie&me would be a must-have. This is a book for kids 9-12...unless you have some kids that are geniuses. Please do your self a favor and read this book your life will change I know it.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from helpful So helpful, Wonder has such an amazing lesson behind a very cool concept.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Such a heartwarming story with a beautiful message of friendship and kindness! Absolutely loved the character Auggie! Everyone should read this book, it's filled with life lessons! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful book This is a unique book, and really well done. It helps build empathy by showing readers how to see a situation from multiple perspectives: the bully, the victim, the cool girl, the unpopular boy....
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow! my friend bought it, very interesting.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright I felt as though the story wasn't really moving and I had a hard time finishing it
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't wait to read this with my children I wish the world would read this book and adapt it's lessons into their everyday life.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read... Great read with some missed opportunities.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very enjoyable read I truly enjoyed reading this book. I loved hearing the different character's perspectives and I feel like it helped bond with the characters more.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie If you can, read the book before watching the movie, it's totally worth it! This should be a book in the English programs at schools, really good message.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it watched the movie it was so amazing and touching so many life quotes about friends family and how your words can affect people and how you affect people.two thumbs up from this girl
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this book is amazing! loved reading this book so much, awesome!
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter loves this Book!! My 10 year old daughter loves this book!! We also thoroughly enjoyed the movie but the book is definitely a must-read before you see the movie!
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read it!!! Wow! is all i could say! i didn't get the chance to see the movie yet! the book was great and heard same things from movie the only thing was that there not similar (book & movie)
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing An amazing and powerful story about being kind. Would recommend every person to read this book. Everyone could learn something from it. By far my favourite book.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Give it as a gift for my 8 year old boy. Super easy for young kids to understand. He loves it and really enjoy reading it
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book bought the book for someone. loved it
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I read this to my 5th grade class (which was so fitting). The kids and I absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from liked this i read and watched this book/movie they are not similar but i still enjoyed watching both the movie and reading the book amazing read not so good of a movie
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good life lessons I enjoyed reading this with my 7 and 9 year old daughters. Gives lots of good lessons about empathy, handling peer pressure and communication.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Loved reading this book. Would recommend it for Grade 5 students and up.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read! This book lives up to the hype you've been hearing. Such a heart-warming story of compassion and acceptance, you won't be able to forget about it once you're done. Perfect for any age!
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! It was such a good book and it has a lot of scenarios that happen in real life
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great touching story! Great story that brings out many emotions and a wonderful story to share with children when they are old enough.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Caution I know it is a very good book only becausious of whom you purchase for as my child has a fear of faces that are unfortunatly different
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pre-teen loves it My son got this book as a gift and is really enjoying it. We can't wait to go see the movie together!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This book was so sweet and wonderful! And I cried so much -__- I definitely recommend it :)
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL! It is one of my favourite books, and I think everyone should read it!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for younger readers Touching story is a good read for kids, and a nice starting point for discussing the topics brought up in the story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I read this book and it is great!
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book Everyone Should Read Reading this with my 10 year old son. Narrated by Auggie you get the opportunity to hear and feel what he is thinking. It is an amazing way to start a conversation about differences and understanding how everyone is unique and beautiful. At the end of the day we are all wonderful! What a powerful message. Throughout the book my son and I have stopped to have conversations about what we think the characters are thinking and feeling. Recommended read for all ages! #choosekind
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing for the classroom! Had to read this book while in teachers college and I was not disappointed! It will have you crying and laughing. Amazing book on inclusivity and diversity. I recommend it to every teacher.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Everyone she read this book. It is very powerful and a great way to teach children the importance of value and treating others the way that they would like to be treated no matter where they come from or what they look like.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from keep the tissues handy I read this aloud to my 9 year old son. We both were weeping throughout the book. Great conversation starter for those harder lessons. I was grateful to have read the book long before the movie came out. This is one of those cases where the book is always better. So much left out of the hollywood movie. This year, his teacher read it aloud in class and many kindness activities were completed as spin offs. Win-win.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book to read aloud to students!
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK! Have just completed this book as a read-aloud for my grade 4 class. They loved the book, and I really think it made a lasting impression on them. Auggie is such a lovable and relatable character, and it was great that the book had a moral lesson behind it - perfect gift for a kid or adults.
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonder-ful Really great story with an important lesson. The movie was quite good as well.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could not push through.. I was expecting a lot of greatness from this book as the reviews are all off the charts, however the writing was just too "young" for my taste. It would be very suitable for children, teens, but I (23 y.o) could NOT get past the first half of the book. Makes a better movie than book.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Great to read to students. Very powerful and well written!
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book for everyone!! This is a must read for everyone....deals with a variety of issues. Can't wait to see the movie too!
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS BOOK! I bought this book a few weeks ago and I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the author! Thought I should give this to my niece as a gift, but I was curious about this book, If you want to improve your character you must read this. And yeah! I will still give this book to my niece and will buy some copies for my nephews.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I really enjoyed this book. The message was great and I felt like I really got to know the characters. I liked how the author chose to write the book not only from the main character's perspective but from multiple perspectives including those of his sister and his friends.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs this book Buy this book for yourself. Then buy it for everyone you know. Written as more of a young adult novel, it will be adored by everyone. If I wasn't crying, I was laughing... and even when I was crying I felt myself laughing moments later. This book is so heartwarming and ultimately happy. Its a great book that can open discussion in your family about being kind and positive. I highly recommend the movie as well - but bring tissues!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming This book introduces Auggie, a boy who appears physically different than the rest of society. This book shows the idea of acceptance, and unconditional love. Very heartwarming, and thoughtful book!
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Amazing author with great character development.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good have read with my kids and they liked it. i had a harder time reading it, real tear-jerker for me
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A very sweet and thoughtful book
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A family favourite Great for the whole family. A good reminder to love unconditionally.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable and Inspiring such a cute story that will stick with you for a long time #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book It was the most heartwarming book I have ever read in a while.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book I will read over and over again Excellent novel with a touching message. Should be read by all.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is one of those books you can read over and over. Parts of the story will have you almost in tears because it's so heartwarming. Other times it will make you so angry. I liked how the book told us Auggie's story from his perspective and also from other people in his life. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story ! Loved this story ! So heart warming and truthful about acceptance
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Just Amazing. I feel like I can just read this again and again! This story just never gets old... Some parts just left me heartbroken... Other parts just made me so mad! This book is just such a classic. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this A great book for all ages, while I was first turned off by the change of perspective I eventually got used to it and it provided a great way to learn about the other characters. The story is was powerful and unforgettable. I would recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great. Good story. Im sure you could just watch the movie thought.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this book a month ago and I'm so glad I did! Such an amazing read, I could not put it down! I love that it was divided into different perspectives - definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book have a great message!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST Read, MUST See!! Have loved this book from it's arrival! Truly a book for ALL ages...the message is heartwarming and truly necessary in todays climate.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Talks about issues present in our society.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ENJOYED Great book. Different perspectives acurately represent characters.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEAUTIFUL Has such a beautiful meaning, great attitude and shows the srort in several perspective, loved it.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read this book in class years ago. One of my favorites to this day
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute A great and easy read for young readers. I wanted to read the book before watching the movie, but a great tale about not being judgmental and finding ways to be kind even through the smallest act!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for young teens Such a great story and message embedded in it. It is a must read for any young teen or adult.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful book This is a beautifully told story. It is most effective in its portrayal of different characters' different perspectives, which will helpful help build empathy in young readers.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! My daughter loved this book! It was funny and touching
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for grade 4 Bought this book for a grade 4 novel study, kids loved it!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book with deep message of acceptance and love My son loved this book. It was such a life lesson and his English Literature teacher at school integrated many aspects of the books themes into her lesson plan. A definite 5 star book!
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES! This is a wonderful book for children and adults alike - especially in these tumultuous political times. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! Bought this for my 12 year old she has read it 4 times already and using it as her book study project! Powerful message!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is amazing it includes emotion, adventure, humor and more Defiantly a great buy
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This book was amazing and changed by view on people with disabilities.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book It is an amazing book and I loved the different perspectives. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Gradeschool Novel Study I absolutely love using this book in teaching. Some criticisms are valid (like how each point of view sounds too similar) however, it is still an engaging read with enough insight and detail to keep the ideal readership entertained, without dragging on with superfluous flowery language or details. The story DOES tie up neatly at the end (and some have criticized, not entirely realistically) but the underlying message is such a wonderful teaching point in a world where we are used to people behaving in increasingly callous ways. The reminder to "choose kind" is this books strong suit and I can see myself using it with classes for years to come.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I bought this book for my son, he simply love it, he read it 2 times and insisted me to read too. I started reading and finished just in 2 days, amazing story of brave boy!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disapointing The concept had lots of potential but the delivery fell flat. I feel like the story and characters lack grit. Real life is messy and sometimes harsh. What the author gives us is a very superficial account of life and how people really are. This is a young adult book. They can handle more complex characters and the author fails to provide them.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Promising Really gives you a new outlook on life. Must read
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This promising story failed to deliver what I felt it could have
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific I love this book. I remember waiting for this book when it was first released.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOT ONE FLAW This book is absolutely amazing. I highly suggest it to all ages and will be a memorable experience for the rest of your life after you read this story of a young boy with an extraordinary face and has to deal with many challenges throughout the book. I promise you wont be disapointed!
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Bought it for my younger sister. She has read it 5 times because she enjoys it so much, and loves the message that she learnt from it too! She is so excited to see the movie when it come out. A wonderful book for elementary students!
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible story! It took me all of 2 days to read this book - I just couldn't put it down. It is so moving and sends such a powerful message. I can't wait to read this book eventually with my kids because I feel like they'll learn a lot from it.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT My daughter loves the book, they read it in class, it's on her wish list for Christmas. :)
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful story Beautiful story with a message. My son is having this as a part of his classroom reading project.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting My family loved it but I found it alright.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Thought it was pretty good but not spectacular
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book very much. My brother, my young sister and I read the book, it is very interesting, we talk about it.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming and Uplifting A great book for young readers and adults alike. Put simply, it is a heartwarming story of learning to accept those who are different from ourselves and most importantly, to always be kind. Sometimes we just need a story with that reminder.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read #plumreview My son and daughter read Wonder as one of their grade 5 reading books selected by the class. A terrific heartfelt story the kids could relate to. Very powerful! My children very much enjoyed the book and look forward to the movie this November.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I thought I would be lost with no idea about what was going on within the story or the characters. Man, I'm happy I was wrong on that account.
Date published: 2017-10-28

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.”