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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Millions of people have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary facewho shows us that kindness brings us together no matter how far apart we are. Read the book that inspired the Choose Kind movement, a major motion picture, and the critically acclaimed graphic novel White Bird.

And don''t miss R.J. Palacio''s highly anticipated new novel, Pony, available September 2021!

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. Beginning from Auggie’s point of view and expanding to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others, the perspectives converge to form a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. 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.

Amazon.com Review

: Wonder is a rare gem of a novel--beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, ordinary except for his jarring facial anomalies. Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience--something we learn about first-hand through the narratives of those who orbit his world. August’s internal dialogue and interactions with students and family ring true, and though remarkably courageous he comes across as a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself. “It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” From The Little Prince and R.J. Palacio’s remarkable novel, Wonder.-- Seira Wilson

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#1 New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Time Magazine''s 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
New York Times Book Review Notable Book
Washington Post Best Kids'' Book


A 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 


Slate:
" 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 Kidding

Starred 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.”

About the Author

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 child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it.

Learn more about R.J. Palacio and the world of  Wonder at wonderthebook.com.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Ordinary

I 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 School

Next 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 Life

I 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.

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Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
The most insipid, anticlimactic, pandering, insincere crap I’ve read since the book about the autistic boy who gets cured by the power of music. The writing style is ridiculous. It’s simply lists of actions and dialog. There is no heart or nuance. “This... See more
The most insipid, anticlimactic, pandering, insincere crap I’ve read since the book about the autistic boy who gets cured by the power of music.

The writing style is ridiculous. It’s simply lists of actions and dialog. There is no heart or nuance.
“This happened. It was funny. I got sad then.”
Anyone could have written this book. There was no voice.

The perspective switches were pointless and poorly done. Nothing was added to the story. Just more spoon feeding this garbage into our eyes. Most was just rehashing events and conversations we had already read; they did nothing to progress the plot.

The family is so cookie cutter perfect. There were no relatable flaws in any of the characters. No long lasting conflicts to give depth.

The story had the potential to be really beautiful. Wish an author with a hint of style, talent and voice had written it.

I couldn’t wait for it to be over.
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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING BOOK!
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2017
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING BOOK!!! Please disregard all reviews less than 5 stars! This book should be required reading for every human being who lives on the planet! I''m a 54 year old grandfather who served in the Marine Corps (just for a little context). I''m not an emotional... See more
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING BOOK!!! Please disregard all reviews less than 5 stars! This book should be required reading for every human being who lives on the planet! I''m a 54 year old grandfather who served in the Marine Corps (just for a little context). I''m not an emotional person but this book was incredibly moving. R. J. Palacio...I can''t believe how she so accurately and consistently pegs human nature. The book is a "novel" - yeah right! This is real life! This is truly like it is. If you ever desired to be a better person, this book can help you start the journey!
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We all overcometh the world
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2018
I read this book because my daughter was reading it for school. Not long into it, I realized I was reading a masterpiece, one of the finest books I had read of any kind for some time. One mark of a true classic is that it seems somehow like it always must have... See more
I read this book because my daughter was reading it for school. Not long into it, I realized I was reading a masterpiece, one of the finest books I had read of any kind for some time.

One mark of a true classic is that it seems somehow like it always must have existed, in precisely the form that one encounters it. That''s the way I felt while reading this -- it read so easily, almost inevitably, as though somehow the story arose from some universal shared unconscious.

Wonder is the story of Auggie Pullman, who suffers from manibulofacial dysostosis, a rare condition of abnormality in the bone development of his face. The story begins with his family''s efforts to finally shift him from home schooling to a real middle school, which to date he has been prevented from attending on account of his time spent recovering from various surgeries. The tale is told through various perspectives starting with Auggie''s, who shares with us how he has had to become accustomed to the look of shock that comes over even kind people''s faces when they first see him. The parents are naturally anxious about how he will be received by the other students, and wonder whether he will be able to experience true friendship.

Wonder is a brisk, accessible read because it is presented in the form of the thoughts of the characters, with no extended, meandering narration to wade through. A couple of aspects struck me as making it an especially remarkable book.

One is how the book doesn''t dwell solely on Auggie''s struggle alone. Of course Auggie has the roughest time of it. But it''s of course also very rough for his parents for obvious reasons, and also on his sister, for the perhaps less obvious reason that she has had to receive less of her parents'' attention than she otherwise would, due to Auggie''s needs. She finds herself in the awkward situation of many of her own needs not being fully met, and feeling the reality of that, but also not feeling that she is entitled to resent it.

Another aspect that makes this book a treasure is how much one can''t help but love several of the characters. Auggie''s drawn an unlucky hand in life, but he''s also been dealt some advantages: he is a smart, capable student, and has a sharp sense of humor that delights those who bother to get to know him. He also is lucky for some of the remarkable people around him: his parents, his sister Via, the remarkable middle school director Mr. Tushman, his English teacher Mr. Browne, Via''s friend Miranda who adores Auggie, and two wonderful friends from school, Summer and Jack Will. Jack Will in particular grabbed my heart - a boy of modest means amid more affluent classmates, who suffers socially for his friendship with Auggie. Sometimes the book seems to depict an almost unrealistically good world, in that the fortitude of so many brave, kind people overcomes the hostile social forces surrounding Auggie. Realistic or not, it''s certainly a compelling world.

Finally, the book is filled with moments of wonderful insight. Jack Will''s mother is sacrificing enormously to send him to an expensive school, but the only thing that seems to truly trouble her is when she fears for a moment her children would be less than kind to someone else. Via helps Auggie to understand that, however great his challenge, he cannot live a truly fulfilling life until he realizes that other people too have problems that, if not as great as his, are nevertheless worth his compassion. Mr. Browne presents words to live by that are for the reader''s benefit as much as Auggie''s. And I so wish every school could have a Mr. Tushman as its head. He shrewdly understands the dynamics surrounding Auggie, and applies a subtle, yet powerful loving hand in helping Auggie triumph over adversity.

Wonder is a book that, once read, will never leave your heart and memory.
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This Emotional, Amazing Book is One for All Ages to Read! Trust Me, You Want to Read It!
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2018
"''If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary,... See more
"''If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.''"

I love to read and am always on the lookout for new books to read. I had seen this one awhile ago but decided not to read it at the time because I have so many books I want to read. My twins'' school is reading this collectively and I wanted to read it along with them so I decided to purchase my own copy so I would know what they were talking about and could help explain the book. I ended up reading ahead and just finished it. It was so good and I wish I had read it sooner, it was that good!

August Pullman is truly an ordinary kid in every way you would think of a ten-year-old boy, except for one thing. He was born with a deformed face and, despite many surgeries, he doesn''t quite look "normal." His mom has homeschooled him so that he doesn''t have to be out in the world. Now it''s time for Auggie to enter fifth grade and his mom is really pushing for him to go to public school. Middle school is hard enough for any kid and Auggie and all of the students, faculty, and staff at Beecher Prep will learn about the power of kindness and how it can really affect us.

I started reading this book at the same time that I''m also reading it out loud to my five-year-old twins and I couldn''t resist reading ahead! The story is engaging, descriptive, emotional at times, and truly heartwarming. I teared up at several parts, both happy and sad. Wonder is told from several characters'' viewpoints so it''s great to get a broader view of what''s going on during the story than just from one character.

I would give this book ten stars if I could! I really felt like I was right there with the rest of the kids at Beecher Prep since the writing was so good and engaging. I feel kids and adults of all ages would love to read this book because it is a good reminder that it is important to always be kind to everyone. You just never know how much that kindness will mean to another person!
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LOVE IT! I finished the book a week ago ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2017
LOVE IT! I finished the book a week ago but I plan to read it again soon. It''s a lovely story with a powerful and all-too-important message, but was definitely carried out subtly and beautifully. I was a little surprised how moved I was, granted that it seems like it''s a... See more
LOVE IT! I finished the book a week ago but I plan to read it again soon. It''s a lovely story with a powerful and all-too-important message, but was definitely carried out subtly and beautifully. I was a little surprised how moved I was, granted that it seems like it''s a book for young kids, but I grew emotionally attached to most of its characters. Everyone in the story seems so ordinary, except for the main protagonist of course, yet extraordinary in their own way. It makes me appreciate life and experiences that are usually taken for granted. I wish all parents and teachers would encourage their kids to read the story or read it to them!!
PS. For those who want to wait and watch movie instead, I really and highly recommend the book first! Happy reading!
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A Great Story for All Ages
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2020
What a wonderful story. I was looking for books specifically with messages of kindness and empathy to have my seventh graders read, and I think I found the perfect pick. Middle school is hard on everyone, and Auggie''s extra burden of a genetic abnormality... See more
What a wonderful story. I was looking for books specifically with messages of kindness and empathy to have my seventh graders read, and I think I found the perfect pick.

Middle school is hard on everyone, and Auggie''s extra burden of a genetic abnormality manifesting on his face in Wonder makes his first time at school a bajillion times harder. The book sticks with him throughout his first year, all the ups and downs of making friends and fighting bullies. I think kids would really connect to Auggie''s worries about fitting in and the sometimes funny, sometimes sad hijinks he unwittingly gets into.

I really enjoyed how this book flowed through different perspectives. As a reader, you can see not only lessons Auggie learns from his point of view, but also the thoughts and feelings of the people around him. He touches so many lives and teaches others to have basic compassion and humanity, to stop underestimating and discriminating against differences that are outside anyone''s control.
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Every Child above the age of 9 should read this book!
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2016
First - Parents need to know that Wonder is about young boy, August Pullman, who has a congenital facial abnormality who has to cope with a range of reactions to his unusual appearance. Some kids use hateful language, and some people suggest that Auggie is mentally... See more
First - Parents need to know that Wonder is about young boy, August Pullman, who has a congenital facial abnormality who has to cope with a range of reactions to his unusual appearance. Some kids use hateful language, and some people suggest that Auggie is mentally deficient. However, goodness wins out, and readers should find it inspiring and uplifting. Author R.J. Palacio writes the book in multiple voices -- Auggie''s, some of his friends'', his sister''s -- and the different points of view are mostly very well-realized and show the inner feelings of the different characters. Wonder by RJ Palacio was astonishing! I think the book was for grades fifth-eighth grade, and adults would like it. This book can teach many different lessons. The one that stood out to me was not to judge by the way someone looked but by the inner character of that person. It is one of the most moving books I have read in a long time, and I am still pretty amazed at how the author wove so much complexity into a story for middle schoolers.Take home messages included, you can count on your parents even if things get tough, sometimes people make mistakes and deserve second chances, sometimes you just have to suck it up and endure and most importantly, in general, things change over time.
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Adair Lee
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Just a great read.
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2018
A touching story and one of those books I just couldn''t put down. Auggie is a lovable little boy from the very beginning and, despite his facial deformities, he bravely endures the hallways of his new school and the unending supply of stares and whispers. I like how tough... See more
A touching story and one of those books I just couldn''t put down. Auggie is a lovable little boy from the very beginning and, despite his facial deformities, he bravely endures the hallways of his new school and the unending supply of stares and whispers. I like how tough he could be when he had to be, and at the same time funny and charming even while most of his fellow classmates treated him like the Plague. It was good to see the profound impact he ends up having on Beecher Prep as well as a satisfying standing ovation.

The various character views are expertly written, and it''s easy to get drawn into each person''s world. The style is skilled and descriptive, and yet easy enough for my seven-year-old son to enjoy (he read it in school and begged for his own copy).

Definitely a must-read for all ages.
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Leonidas Dimakopoulos
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One of my favorite books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 31, 2018
I am almost 10 years old and I recently finished reading "Wonder". It is one of my favorite books so far. I would like to say that I would like to go on a walk and meet all the characters, except Julian and the boys that bullied Augie. This book showed me that you don''t...See more
I am almost 10 years old and I recently finished reading "Wonder". It is one of my favorite books so far. I would like to say that I would like to go on a walk and meet all the characters, except Julian and the boys that bullied Augie. This book showed me that you don''t judge a boy by his appearance because that''s on the outside. I would cheer for everybody. I would cheer ten times for Augie: "AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE!!!!!!". Then for Olivia: "OLIVIA, OLIVIA, OLIVIA, OLIVIA, OLIVIA!!!!!" Then for Isabelle: "ISABELLE, ISABELLE, ISABELLE, ISABELLE, ISABELLE!!!!!" and then for Nate: "NATE, NATE, NATE, NATE, NATE!!!!!". Also for Summer: "SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER!!!!!". For Miranda: "MIRANDA, MIRANDA, MIRANDA, MIRANDA, MIRANDA!!!!!" For Ella: "ELLA, ELLA, ELLA!!!!". For Jack: "JACK, JACK, JACK, JACK, JACK!!!!!". For Henry: "HENRY, HENRY, HENRY!!!!!". For Amos: "AMOS, AMOS, AMOS!!!". For Miles: MILES, MILES, MILES!!!. For Charlotte: "CHARLOTTE, CHARLOTTE, CHARLOTTE!!!". And for all of Augie''s classmates and all the teachers and the school principal!!! And if there were more than 5 stars in the rating system, I would definitely give the author as many stars as possible!!!
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Beautiful, made me laugh and cry
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2019
When your nine year old recommends a book, you don''t expect to sit down and finish it in one sitting. You also don''t expect to laugh and cry, to feel the pain and joy of a mother, and to come away feeling so grateful for your own life, and so moved by someone else''s story,...See more
When your nine year old recommends a book, you don''t expect to sit down and finish it in one sitting. You also don''t expect to laugh and cry, to feel the pain and joy of a mother, and to come away feeling so grateful for your own life, and so moved by someone else''s story, even though this isn''t actually based on any particular person''s reality, but rather the collective experiences of many turned into one. Who said "Children experience the world as it is presented to them." Google doesn''t even seem to know. Maybe I made it up, but I was struck by that in this fantastic story about a boy born with not one, but two genetic defects that made him intellectually ''normal'' but physically very different. He wasn''t disabled or handicapped, just deformed, and though he knew himself to be different, he was just that - himself. As he leaves homeschooling and goes to a private, but normal, schoolhe faces the challenges you''d expect - the ''assigned'' friend who becomes a real friend, the betrayal of people who pretend to be his friends, the discovery of true friendship by a child who chooses kindness. While the book glosses very briefly over a lot of the reality of being a person who has to undergo numerous surgeries time and again, and the physical impact that has on said person, it does a good job of presenting the world through the eyes of a 9/10 year old boy. It looks at one year of school through a variety of different points of view and takes not only the main character but all the other characters through a growth journey. It''s a serious subject but is presented with lots of laughter and lightness, and I''m so thrilled that Kyra has been reading it and enjoyed it enough to recommend it. I tell my girls all the time that courage and kindness will get them through life, and this book thoroughly reinforces that point. A highly recommended read, especially for young people - I believe there''s so much value in learning to see the world through others'' eyes, and sharing even briefly in their experience.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2018
It''s a great book to raise awareness of people living with craniofacial abnormality. Also very sad in parts. But I did not like the format, it''s not a novel with a storyline more a guide to what it''s like to live with craniofacial abnormality. Should be in fact not fiction...See more
It''s a great book to raise awareness of people living with craniofacial abnormality. Also very sad in parts. But I did not like the format, it''s not a novel with a storyline more a guide to what it''s like to live with craniofacial abnormality. Should be in fact not fiction section in library! It''s okay, nowhere near as good as many reviews make out on here. Perhaps I am so disappointed as my expectations were very high but it''s definitely not deserving of the thousands of 5 stars! It is definitely more suitable for children. I found the first part engaging but skimmed the last part which was pretty dull. Nothing really happens and there''s no real message in it other than to do what seems obvious to me - look beyond the cosmetic to the person inside. Or look at people with your heart as the Little Prince points out! Certainly much will be lost on anyone who doesn''t get American culture and doesn''t have children at middle and high school.
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A must read for all the ages
Reviewed in India on March 31, 2019
"I won''t describe what I look like. Whatever you''re thinking, it''s probably worse." 🌻 Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a story of a ten-year-old boy named August Pullman. He had multiple surgeries to correct his facial deformity so he was homeschooled. However, his parents decide...See more
"I won''t describe what I look like. Whatever you''re thinking, it''s probably worse." 🌻 Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a story of a ten-year-old boy named August Pullman. He had multiple surgeries to correct his facial deformity so he was homeschooled. However, his parents decide to send him to a school before he starts studying for fifth grade. The book covers his experiences and struggles in his new school. 🌻 The narrative hit me hard from the very first line. I really liked the spirit of August, who kept a positive attitude even in the midst of hopeless and traumatising situations. I also liked the fact that the author has given multiple point of views in this book. Although the book is written for young readers, I feel that it has a universal appeal. I laughed and I cried while reading this book. There are wonderful lessons about friendship and kindness which everyone should remember and apply in their life. 🌻 Wonder is a wonderful book which will touch the heart and soul of the readers. I loved this book to the core.
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Worth reading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2018
Enjoyed the book. Read it as a suggestion from a new book club. I think it is fundamentally a book written for children, an ideal book to read with/to a child. I found it in some ways idealistic, a rose coloured view of what reality can be like. But a good book to educate a...See more
Enjoyed the book. Read it as a suggestion from a new book club. I think it is fundamentally a book written for children, an ideal book to read with/to a child. I found it in some ways idealistic, a rose coloured view of what reality can be like. But a good book to educate a child on relationships, feelings and the effect our actions have on our peers. I would definitely have enjoyed reading to my son when he was young. It does portray a very positive view of humanity. The characters in the book are mostly intelligent, well educated, "nice " human beings. something in reality is not always the case.
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