Wonder by R. J. PalacioWonder by R. J. Palacio


byR. J. Palacio

Reinforced Library Binding | 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:Reinforced Library BindingDimensions:320 pages, 8.56 × 5.81 × 1.04 inPublished:February 14, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375969020

ISBN - 13:9780375969027

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Amazing author with great character development.
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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
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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
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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.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Talks about issues present in our society.
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Date published: 2017-11-27
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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
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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!
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Date published: 2017-11-21
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Date published: 2017-11-21
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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
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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
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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
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Date published: 2017-10-28
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Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful I teared up reading this book, I won't lie. It was truly a gem, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! Bought this and read with my 10 year old daughter. We both really enjoyed!
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming and Charming with Allusions Galore I used this novel with my students and the ENTIRE class loved it. They were moved and also inspired. They loudly applauded the end of the book, and they still talk about it often (we used this book last year).
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Broke my heart, made me cry I rarely cry at books but this had me, a 25 year old, gushing by the end. Bravo, for the ordinary and extraordinary Auggie!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! A great book for a teacher to read to students. This book touches on really important topics for school aged children:bullying, empathy, kindness, etc.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from prepare for tears i dont cry in books often. but this book made the tears i came out. read this. you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is amazing and heart warming. #plumreview I don't often read this genre but fell in love with this book and could not put it down. Seeing the world though Auggie's eyes brings the important things in life into perspective. Can't wait to read Auggie and Me.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I am going to read this book to my students! I have just finished the booked...the story is touching. The author is an awesome writer. Can't wait for the movie to come out.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I listened to the audio book and I really enjoyed it. The voice was weird at first and the first part was a bit slow but the plot still gripped me. I really like that it was written in short sections describing the events and I really liked that it was written from different perspectives, even unlikely ones. Overall a very nice read with a wonderful message.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for everyone! Great book for kids and adults alike, with a powerful message. Can't wait for the movie!
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing An absolutely awesome debut novel. Kudos!!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tear Jerker! AMAZING!!!! That is all I have to say! Make sure you have tissues! I read this book in a day and absolutely loved it! Can't wait for the movie!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Such an unforgettable story. I have no words to describe what a powerful and heartwarming book this is. This is a MUST read.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this SOOOOO much I bought this about a year ago and I still reread this book because it was emotional and in via's part of the story is true sometimes friends can change. I think the meaning of this book was don't judge others because of the way they look
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I WONDER if you'll like it because I did! Fantastic storyline, great life lessons and well written. Give it a shot, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great lesson While the author's writing talents provide a bit of an awkward narrative at times, she ultimately achieves a fun book that's easy for young readers while giving a valuable lesson in not judging a book by its cover. The book has short chapters, making it ideal for young readers or parents and guardians who would like to read it to their children.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from daughter loves it my daughter is 10 and just finished this book every night when she read it she would really think about all the hardships the character had to endure and couldnt believe it. Its an awesome book i highly reccomend this!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Read this with my class and they were all able to relate to Auggie's hardships! Well told story of issues so relevant today!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More kids should read this! I read it to a classroom of grade 5 students and it was a hit. So many opportunities to discuss kindness and empathy.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy read it was a bit predictable but still an interesting find
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet, Funny and Brave Auggie will earn your heart and make you want to cry and laugh at the same time. It is a book that can make your bad day instantly, well, wonderful.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for all ages! This is such a heartwarming tale. It definitely broke my heart at times, but overall the message is great. I think it's a must read for anyone between grades 4 - up to adult. It's never a bad thing to learn to be kind and choose kind. What a great kid Auggie is!
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Students Love This Book!!! I have been reading this to my students now the past 3 years and every year they fall in love with this plot and their favourite character Auggie! What a great book to teach empathy and acceptance. At the end of the book, one year, students gave it a standing ovation. I recommend this to all grades but especially 5/6.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from captivating So, the thing about this book was that I read it in one sitting. I opened the book right before bed and I couldn't put it down! I didn't get much sleep and was cranky at work but it was very much worth it! The voice of a 10 year old boy was captured really well! While the book was meant for a younger audience, this is definitely a book that adults can enjoy as well.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERful This was such a touching story. So powerful. Great book for kids to read to understand the meaning of kindness. Can't wait for the movie.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for middle school readers Considering all the build up to this book from a variety of sources, I was underwhelmed. August Pullman has always been the outsider, the kid that everyone points at and whispers about. He was born with a combination of rare genetic defects that have left him physically deformed. He has been home schooled, until his parents decide it would be in his best interests to send him to grade 5. To say it was a difficult transition would be an under-statement, but Auggie sticks with it and makes friends. Young readers will find this an interesting and helpful story. It is written at a level they can understand and relate to. The message I took from the book is to be kinder than you have to be. After finishing this novel I highly recommend Ugly by Robert Hoge (the younger reader edition). It is the true life story of a boy who was born with severe facial and limb deformations and how he struggled yet continued to thrive against numerous odds. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonder-ful read With relatable characters in realistic life situations, this book is a hit! I finished this book the same day I picked it up from the library. We all have "things" that make us stick out from the crowd, but this book flips them into strengths that make us unique. A good book about true friends and those who aren't.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This book was a great read, it wasn't written greatly and it was very discriptive.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Teachers! This is a great book to read in the classroom. I know many teachers who read it with their students. Such a wonderful book.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read A nice message for children. Great for the classroom (junior grades)
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaker It's sort of a heart breaking read, but funny and sweet too. Would be terrific to read aloud with kids. A really nice message. Definitely pick it up and give it a read before the movie comes out.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Finished! What an amazing book. So worth it! I plan on using this book with my grade 5s this year and wanted to read it first. The messages in this book are so important. The characters are very believable and relatable. Well written.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute! Hopelessly adorable. Had me laughing, crying, yelling, every emotion you could feel was brought out when I was reading this book. Definitely a book for all ages, not just young readers. I even recommended it to my grandma who loved it just as much as I did.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Should Read This Book! I recently read this story in preparation to read aloud to a junior class. It is a warm, heartfelt story of love, acceptance, empathy, and understanding. It encourages bravery and courage as the main character faces his fears and uncertainties, and how he overcomes the negative comments and glares of society ignorance and teaches everyone to look beyond what they see. A must read for classrooms, or parent-child shared reading at home. I particularly like the different voices/perspectives that the author has structured the book in. It takes learning about differing points of view to a much deeper level/experience.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice its a nice read. Its an unforgettable story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great message this book really gave the message of its not whats on the outside but on the inside that counts/dont judge a book the cover
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Great story and currently reading the next book. Can't wait for the movie
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great message This book has such a great message and students love reading it!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! This was a great book, not only in terms of story but also in terms of helping me open my mind. Having POVs from multiple characters demonstrates how everyone has their own truths, and one person's understanding of a situation can be completely different from another's and so it's important not to make assumptions. This feels like a kid friendly way to comprehend the message behind the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why as well.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This book changed my life... period. I will never forget the day it was recommended to me as a classroom teacher for my next read aloud... I can't believe how it changed us... as a class, and how it brought us together as a collective... It truly is the only book I consistently ask staff and students alike if they have read. A must read for any age.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Great book that teacher diversity and inclusion.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A great story for people of all ages.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honestly, one of the best books I have ever read It was so touching and moving and Polacio did a great job writing in the view of different characters. My favourite was the book with the Julian chapter which was incredible. I wish I could give it 10 stars!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good Good story, middle grade with a touching message. I cried, I laughed, I read it in less than one day.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonder-ful The title of this book makes you wonder, what its gonna be, but then once you start reading it, you find its about a boy who goes through surgery and has a facial disorder, as he looks very scary. This book is absolutely, beautifully written as it talks about friends, peers, school, and most importantly, people loving you for who you are. This book talks about acceptance, and belief, and love, and there are some dark and mean things in this book, however it is important to bring awareness to it because, it shows how bullying and tormenting someone who is different and living that life can be difficult. Yet, it shows courage through the main character Auggie and this book will make you cry, because it is so sad!! The ending is beautiful, but it makes you wonder how boys and girls in our real world are going through the same thing and it is truly heart breaking, but so sweet.. After reading this book, you will feel like you know more about things and will try to be more accepting! It truly is a life-changing book. Lots of people read this, and recommend it, and I say that is a good book that really resembles real life, as I went to elementary school and could truly relate to the environment described in the book. I recommend this book for kids! I also recommend it for adults if they would like to read it, but highly recommend it for kids! Soo sad, sweet, and impactful! Thankyou R. J Palacio!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect A powerful and highly entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! An amzing and phenonmenal read. Could relate to it on so many differnet levels. Well done!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read it to my grade. 8 class. awesome
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!! So glad I read this book. I connected so much to it. It isn't possible not to fall in love with Auggie.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... Amazing phenomenal book with amazing content! Well done!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming story This is a powerful story that is aimed at kids in middle school, but just as moving for any age.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming story This is a powerful story that is aimed at kids in middle school, but just as moving for any age.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Such a heartwarming story, aimed towards a middle grade audience but perfect for any age. “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! I've had this book for several years, but was never terribly interested in reading it. A couple weeks ago I saw a trailer for the movie coming out in November and decided that I had better read the book because the movie looks pretty moving! Well... the book was excellent. I completely fell in love with Auggie. My heart broke for him and the struggles he faced. I loved the happy, hopeful ending. I was a little surprised to see it was written from a few different points of view. I'm not sure that it was necessary, but did make it interesting to hear certain other characters POV concerning Auggie. Aside from knowing his initial reaction to August, I really don't know why Via's boyfriend had his own POV. Maybe if he had had a bigger role in the story... Anyway, overall a very touching story, appropriate for all ages, which reminds us to be careful with our words and actions, and to look deeper that a person's appearance.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing book with a great and compelling plot. Very deep messages here.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average This was a slow to start. It had some interesting concepts but didn't hold my interest.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Loved This! I read this a long time ago but it is a great story with a really good message! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lit Kit book Students connect well with this text and it's great for read aloud or self study.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Family Read A great story for all ages. It really makes you think about the world around you, how you interact with people, how to appreciate the small things in life. I loved the various viewpoints of a same event, as it made you understand why each person acted the way they did.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For all children, families, classrooms A wonderful read-aloud story to enjoy and initiate meaningful discussion, building empathy. Laugh out loud funny, heartbreaking and kind.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book for kids of all ages! This has got to be the best read-aloud book I have ever encountered in my years as a teacher. I read it every year to my class, and those students who I have two years in a row (due to having split grades) always clamor for me to read it again! The book so fully captures the life of Auggie Pullman and the people he is close to and reminds us all to be kind in a way that is heartfelt without being sentimental. I would definitely say this is a must-read for every human being on the planet!
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I first read this bool in my grade 6 English class and it really moved me and taught me a lot about accepting myself. This book was brilliantly written and truly amazing and powerful
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Terrific debut novel. Strikes an authentic tone, inspires acceptance. And lots of fun!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome book i learend alot about this book about auggie and the others.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful! A very quick read that shares the story of Auggie born with a facial deformity. I would recommend using this book in literature circles and critically analyzing all that the novel offers from the amalgamation of characters to the emotions that they share.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Love how the story was told from different kids' perspectives..and how the situations affected them. You learn how the main character adjusted to a public school and how the students learned and showed compassion and kindness.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring This story made me extremely sad at a lot of points because it just makes you grateful for yourself and everyone around you and what they are willing to do for you.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was ok it reminds me of novels we had to read in class for school
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Just finished this as a read aloud for my class. Picked up the second book at the scholastic book fair and will begin it tomorrow
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, thoughtful, and touching! Read this book to grade 6 students! They thoroughly enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel to teach compassion This novel is great at teaching compassion and acceptance towards others. It tackles a topic that is hardly talked about, and it educates the reader without being condescending. The only thing I didn't like was that each character's perspective had to start at the beginning of their own story, not where the previous character left off. It made the novel feel very repetitive.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This is an amazing book with an amazing lesson I loved it! #plumreveiw
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read for any age Bought this book for my kids but read it myself as well. Enjoyed it very much and know my kids will as well.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching!! A book where you'll need a tissue box in close proximity. So touching and yet so true. This book simply displays how the kids react to differences. A great simple read. Totally recommended for 8+
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Book! Read this book with my 12 year old little sister and she absolutely loved it! looking forward to the movie.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sweet story A sweet story that is heartwarming. Definitely a feel good book.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! My sister read this book and absolutely loved it! She said it was emotionally moving and made her want to make sure that no one ever feels left out at school. Great chapter book for kids grade 7-9.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Read it with kids at school, a grade 4/5 split and they absolutely loved it. Well written and moving subject. opened us up to many conversations!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from didn't grab me Not sold on this story at all. Sorry, five million others who bought this.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worthwhile Read An engaging story about compassion, friendship and respect for differences.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless This book is just wonderful. It left me in tears because of how well written it was and how beautiful people can be when we just help one another. It was roller-coaster of emotions reading this.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING AMAZING #plumreview Great book read it for school and just had to buy it for my self trust me once you read it you'll want to read it 7 times more
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG AMAZING I read this last year and up to now it's still on my favourite list
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! It was hard to put this book down, and it was sad when it ended. You really got to know Auggie and his struggles growing up being different. Althougt written as a childrens book there is a lot of character development, and you really grow to love this little guy who is wise beyond his years. If you have a class, this is a must read... If you are looking for something different, this is also a must read! I would and have recommended this book to many people and encourage all students to read it as it shows the hardships of being bullied, facing bullies and what it is like to be a child which special features and needs.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Highly recommend this book! A powerful reminder to look past appearances. This is a book I will encourage my children to read.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Book for Middle School This book was great in so many ways! I can understand why some people were annoyed by the perfect parents, or the "too happy" ending, but sometimes it's nice to have a happy ending, even if life isn't really like that. I enjoyed that the book was written in the perspective of different characters, not just by the hero, August. I particularly enjoyed the section written by his sister, Via. I think this is a perspective that is all too often overlooked. As much as she loves her brother, it is hard to be the sibling that always has to take second place, even though she understands how silly her feelings may be in comparison to what her brother has had to go through (and still does). This would be a great book for the classroom!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it Good storyline! Sad, and funny totally reccomended to friends
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book This is one of my favourite books ever. I'm suggesting it to all my friends and letting them borrow it to see how much they love it as well. It's perfect for everyone and anyone!! #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This was a wonderful story. You should read it. Oh, and have a box of tissues handy.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have tissues ready but worth it The depth of character emotion was superb in Auggie and his friends. A must read for kids and adults as it captures a picture of what life could be like from the perspective of a kid with a disability. The heart break with the pure goodness.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Wonderful Book! I used this book as a novel study and the centre of my classes anti-bullying program. They loved the book, and I would definitely read it again!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Such a well written story.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read A book on inclusiveness, friendships, and struggles. Appropriate for both adults and children.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite This is one of my favourites. I love how the story is told from different perspectives. You really get a good insight on what's going on. The message of the story is beautiful. Such a well written novel!
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good good gift for for my niece she loved it
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming! Beautiful novel, I loved it!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! Powerful story, powerful message and I like that it's aimed at younger readers as well.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT This was so touching and heartwarming, and one of the books that really got me into reading! Definitely recommended to any reluctant reader.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left me with hope and a full heart Read this after a professor recommended it to her class. Although it’s a children’s book, I’d recommend everyone read it. We can all learn a lot from Auggie and all the characters.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow this was a toucing story. would defiently read many times
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't Judge a Boy This book is about a 10 yr old boy with facial abnormalities who is about to start mainstream school for the first time. A beautiful book about tolerance and kindness and so much more.A heart warming read every 10 yr old to adult should read.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening What an amazing, book to read a great unforgettable story, great for children and adults alike, puts like into perspective and hope. Would recommend to anyone
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing read! As a teacher I found this incredibly written. The different points of view was well done and very important to help children learn how to empathize with others. The story itself carries multiple powerful messages; don't be afraid to be yourself, never give up on yourself & the effects of bullying. Wonderful read. It is now in many grade 5 classrooms, a good read for children and adults.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a fantastic book! such a great book with a wonderful message. I finished this in one day, it was that good.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Wonder is a strong and emotional story, and teaches a lesson to kids and even adults. The story features exciting drama and many scenes where readers will learn to be themselves. An amazing and spellbinding story.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent read-aloud! I read this book to my grade 4 class last year and they couldn't get enough of it! They would beg for me to keep reading it! A definite must have for kids!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book for tweens, A great book for young tweens, not only is it extremely moving, but also encourages reflection. #plumreview.
Date published: 2017-02-10

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.”