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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:HardcoverProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.56 × 5.94 × 1.01 inShipping dimensions:8.56 × 5.94 × 1.01 inPublished:February 14, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375869026

ISBN - 13:9780375869020


Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite story of all time! Some books are just for pleasure. Some books are simply time passes that get you through the day. On the other hand, there are the books that can change your outlook in life, helping you see the world in a different way with its heartwarming message. Wonder is definitely one of those books. I have read the book at least 10 times, but I will never stop being touched by Auggie Pullman's story. The struggle he goes through. And the people that help him every step of the way. I love the insight into every character in this book. This book is all in all, about a boy with facial differences, about to enter school for the very first time. Every character has been part of Auggie Pullman's story one way or another and as you read the book, not only do you learn Auggie's side of the story, but you learn the side of the other people in this book. Despite Auggie's appearance, the book isn't a black and white story of good and evil when it comes to the people around Auggie. In this book, you learn that kids can be more than that when dealing with different situations. Some are nice right away. Some not so much. And some have their own struggles with a sense of belonging, when it comes to being friends with Auggie Pullman. But they are all people who carved the path of Auggie's journey and this book tells that journey clear and whole heartedly. The message is clear. Never judge people. There is more to people then what meets the eye. And this book tells this message in a way you will never forget. And I guarantee you, you will have a special liking to every character that gives an insight in this book, especially Auggie Pullman. So go to your nearest Indigo store and get yourself immersed into Auggie Pullman's journey and his hopes and struggles. You won't regret it.
Date published: 2019-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a heartwarming tale to share with generations to come I cannot praise this novel enough! The August (Auggie) Pullman is such a WONDER-ful character (pun definitely intended!). Auggie was born with a facial anomaly that has made his parents hesitant to send him to a mainstream school. The story is told from multiple points of view (August, his sister Olivia, and one of his good school friends, Jack) and details the hardships that August has to face. What is beautiful about this story is not only how well written it is, but the message it sends about inclusion not only within a school setting, but across the boards(home, school, in the community). It proves as a guide to all adults and parents that they need to take to ensure success and validity for not only the individual who society deems to be different, but those love ones and siblings that surround that wonderful, unique, strong individual. This is a story that I will definitely be reading together with my children and discussing the importance of welcoming, befriending and including everyone! We are all wonderful creations!
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read for all ages! This book is perfect for all ages. It will make readers laugh and cry and deeply touch them! I would definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Wonder! This is such a great book. A must read for sure. It was inspiring how Auggie dealt with certain aspects of his life. I recommend this to everyone.
Date published: 2018-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful book for adults and kids Beautifully written. Auggie is an amazing, genuine character. This novel truly shows love, support and compassion.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feel good book Enjoyed the POV from various characters and their side of the story. Wonderfully written.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I had trouble reading this book without having any tears. It's a good story :)
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I didn't think it was that great but it held an important message.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book! This is truly a must read for all ages. This book talk about disfigurement and how it is for a kid to just be himself living with it. Auggie is one of my favorite characters of all time and he will live with me for the rest of my life.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! A great story for children and adults. Loved the movie too!
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This is an amazing book! I love the topic and believe it is a great one to talk to children about. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a book everyone should read attest once in their life!! Read this book with my grade 11 Human Development class and fell in love with the book and all its characters! Everyone should read this amazingly written book at least once in their life all the precepts in the back are things we should all live by!! I highly recommend this book to everyone everywhere!!
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! This is a wonderful book. I think it should be assigned reading for all school-aged children, elementary and secondary. Adults too should read it as a reminder to be compassionate to others who may be facing obstacles in their lives.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eyeopening As a teacher, I think this is a novel that should be studied in schools. It's so good and relatable. August is a character who is easy to fall in love with. Great read!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story of Growth Amazing story that will make you cry and inspired! Great book to read with children, yet a beautiful story for any age. This book is beautiful and well written. Recommend everyone to read.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uplifting! One of my daughter's favourite books. The movie was good too.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was pretty good O enjoyed this book, but hoverer I found some parts to be a bit bland and boring. But it was a good story.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing So happy it turned into a movie but the book is exceptional. Any age could read this and be entertained!
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a little hero This story is so sad yet so real. Loved watching the movie after I read the book!
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! A wonderful story written from unique perspectives
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely adored this book! I received this book as part of my graduation gift and I fell in love with it! Each character is so different and powerful that it's impossible to not be moved by this story. I defiantly recommend this book to both children and adults!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's an awesome book for my Grade 4 students! This book is meaningful and is not too difficulty to understand. It's perfect for kids.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book What a well written book. My daughter and I read together as our bedtime story. Very powerful message and story. It allowed for some conversation and questions flow. As a mom this really tugged at my heartstrings
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming story I read this book after my daughter read it with her class. Great read, very powerful story. Great lessons for kids!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story I really enjoyed this story and feel like the main character Auggie is a great kid. My only issue is with grammar - I know, some don't care or speak the same way and it's fine when it's the kid's point of view...but when the adults are talking and still start off saying "Me and Auggie..." - well, I just don't say "me going to the store" so it should be "Auggie and I..." - basic English, becoming obsolete...otherwise great story, funny at times, sad at times, well done.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great family read aloud I read this nightly with my sons aged 8 & 10. We all enjoyed the book and it allowed for some great 'teachable moments' and discussion about kindness, diversity and acceptance.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story! What a wonderful, heart warming storyline! I enjoyed the different perspectives of the characters. It truly had me in (happy) tears. A must read for children and adults! A great lesson learned about kindness. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautiful story and an easy read. Brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face, sometimes at the same time. A great read for any season!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! I've read this book, my students and read this book and now my son is reading this book. I think everyone should read this book. It's a lovely story about being kind. The characters get into your heart and you can't put the book down because you care about them so much. I also enjoyed the multiple narrators of the story, we really got to see how Auggie's year unfolded - the good, the bad and the great.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful book told in many voices Powerful - not to sound cliche but you'll laugh and cry. Good for kids and adults.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heartfelt novel This is a book that people of all ages can read. It deals with the life of a usually homeschooled boy named Auggie, who has a "deformed" face, and goes through a bit of bullying, but makes good friends on the way. This book will keep you hooked and will also make you sob a lot.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I love this book! Its filled with love, laughs, and tears:)
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Wonderfully written and full of emotion. This book is easily one of my favourites and is a great read for anyone. You'll never forget Auggie Pullman after reading this!
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Cute I read this book in a day and it was so cute! It captured the life of fifth graders and psychology and the ability to forgive and intertwining lives.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful, Inspiring Novel This novel is very inspiring for the young minds. A lot of the time we take for granted that many of us are "normal," and when we see abnormalities, we tend to judge without knowing the story. This novel portrays many peoples images and it is nice to see that people's judgements can change once you actually take the time and effort to get to know someone for who they are and not what they look like.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational I love this book so much. It follows a young boy who was born with a face disorder which makes him look different, because o this he is teased in school. I was a little skeptical when I heard about this book because I was afraid that it would be unrealistic like some other books I've read. But it is a truly beautiful story. It's really about friendship and becoming comfortable in your own body. I found myself crying with Auggie when he was bullied and rooting for him when he was down. The characters are very relatable and they just come to life as you read. I thought the author did a very good job on explaining Auggie's disorder and making it understandable for younger audiences. Overall, this is a really empowering book and I have not met one person who did not enjoy this book up to date.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it Although it says that this book is recommended for children ages 8-12, I still read it. It was an easy and wonderful read. I love the short chapters and as well as the heartfelt story.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book What an amazing book, so heartfelt, the author brings you into this little boys world and you do want to leave until the very last page!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book, Great Message This book really connects with the world today. Great for individual reading or for the classroom. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bringing me to tears! Amazing book. Such a powerful story. Couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story for all ages A great story about friendship, forgiveness and living fearlessly.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extraordinary book The whole story blew me away. The book brought me to tears multiple times. August is definitely no ordinary kid.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great book It really teaches you not to judge a book by it's cover
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Books like this that challenge you to be compassionate and kind towards others' differences but also your own are important.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book before movie! A great and easy read with a positive message for both kids and adults. Read the book before seeing the movie to leave room for your imagination!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful! This book is so incredibly powerful! This book leaves you with the small reminders in life, the people around you and how meaningful life really is. I encourage everyone that I know to read this book!
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story, bring out the tissues A great read and my kids loved it. Movie was good too.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite This book is a favourite of students that I have read it to. The message is to spread kindness. It lends itself to many classroom activities and positive messages for kids to use in their daily lives. Highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WONDER-ful! I just loved this story. Don't be fooled by the writing geared for younger audience, the book has life lessons for grown ups. My friend lent me the book as both her and her mother are school teachers. They raved about this book and they also base some of their lessons around the themes in the book.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart Warming - Easy Read I am a little late reading this one, but my is it heart warming. It is a very very light and easy read, it is clearly written so that a younger audience can read it. I love the themes and lessons.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TEARS OF JOY both movie and book made me cry from start to finish
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book Myself and my 8 year old daughter just finished reading this book. We both loved it and could visualize throughout the whole story the powerful message this book portrays. It is a book that should be studied in school and my favorite is that it focuses on the real life reality of what it could be like for this family and Auggie's friends. I loved the various points of view the story is told in.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good I think I was a little too old to be reading this but it was still a very good read. Though, this book was written for kids, it had good life lessons for people of all ages.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Read Heart-breaking story about a little boy and his troubles of going to school with his condition. This book will tug on your heartstrings the whole way through.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Predictable yet Delightful Although Palacio's novel was a bit far-fetched, predictable, childish and unfair at times, its merits cannot be ignored. In fact, through different perspectives, those being, the main character August Pullman, Olivia Pullman, Miranda Navas, Jack Will and Summer's, regarding a boy's flagrant facial disfigurement, the reader comes to not only mature with these characters but also come to see August as what he really is: an ordinary kid using his differences to make a change in the world. That being said, Palacio's engrossing descriptions and pleasant narrative as well as her pertinent choice of plot actions should be used a model for readers similar to August, that is both appearance and personality wise, to help them not only find their place in the world but also to take profit from what makes them unique.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpectadley Funny I bought this book at a school fair (recommended by a teacher) to read with my 10 yr old daughter. She is super sensitive and did not want it because she thought it would be too sad .I made a deal with her and bought it along with another book of her choice (a funny book with pictures).When we started reading the book I was worried she would feel very sad for Auggie. Like I said she is super sensitive and cries when she sees people being mistreated, made fun of, left out,or bullied etc.This book made her somewhat sad, but mostly made her laugh.She fell in love with Auggie. She finds him extremely funny and quirky (like her), and adores him.She was eager to read the book every night before bed. I highly, highly recommend this book. This book caught me off guard,It teaches important life lessons in such an endearing way. I can't praise it enough.It is written in such a smart way that a young mind can understand it.(the way they talk and think) . Awesome !!!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A real look at how beautiful some people can truly be on the inside where it matters. And a heart wrenching reality of bullies and the damage they do. This book inspires me to be a better parent and raise my daughter to accept everyone.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful book about the acceptance This is a great book to explain tochildren about accepting one' other.
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from CONTAINS SPOILERS I was interested in this book, because I know what it's like to be different, and I konw what it's like to be different in school, and the rest of the world. I also know that it's just part of life. You get dealt cards, and you have to work with them. Some parts were interesting, but now that I think about it, I just thought the ending was a bit weird. So, August gets an award for being different? Ummm... okay. I don't think he should have gotten an award for being different. Also, there's going to be kids who are prats. Just like how there's adults who are prats. It doesn't mean the world revvolves around you. I found t hat August's parents kind of spoiled him and ignored Olivia. Yea, August may have needed a bit more attention with all the things he had to go through, BUT, they DO have another kid. I liked how it was written by different people's perspectives. Which made it some what realistic.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books, ever. I have read this book to my Grade 4 classes over the last 4 years. Every year, the students are completely into the book and devoted. They experience a wide range of experiences and emotions. I start the year of with it as a read-aloud and, literally, build upon the key components of the book throughout the school year. I cry every time I read it.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful It'll make you cry. A good read for both kids and adults.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book <3 this was such a great read!!!! Absolutely loved it
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from People good reminder that we are all people who want and deserve respect. easy read for kids
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lived up to the hype I had heard so much about this book that I was hesitant to read it. But it was a really wonderful book. I do agree with another review that some of the conflicts in the story were "glossed over", and that the views from the other characters in the book were somewhat of a similar voice, but it was still a powerful story. Funny, sad, inspiring and heartbreaking.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary Story Read this to a classroom of Grade 6 students and all of us (myself included!) absolutely loved it. An emotional story that is a very real look into the life of a child who is treated differently. The conversations that I had with my students during this book were very mature and spoke to the way this book resonates with it's readers.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional yet extrodinary Read this together with my class and you could really picture everything in such a vivid way! definatley recommend, Inspired us all
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring I found this book to really put kids in someone else's shoes. I found my class realizing how we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but to treat others how we want to be treated. Definitely a book that children should read and talk about with their families.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic read my 14 year old son loved this book and I can't wait to read it myself
Date published: 2018-04-20
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

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.”