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Wonder (Adult edition) [Hardcover]

R J Palacio
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Book Description

7 Jun 2012

'My name is August.

I won't describe to you what I look like.

Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, astonishingly moving debut to be read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; Adult edition edition (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857521136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857521132
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,011 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The breakout sensation of 2012... Wonder is destined to go the way of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time... dark, funny, touching. No Tube carriage will be without a copy this year" (The Times)

"Emotionally rewarding... funny, touching, honest" (Daily Mail)

"Gripping - I'd really recommend it to anybody. It's a young adult book book about a little boy who's born with a disfigured face, written from his point of view... charming, brutal and brilliant" (Observer)

"I'd defy anyone not to well up when he cries: "Why do I have to be so ugly, Mommy?", and as for the climax, it wreaks emotional havoc. There is a message running through the book, most clearly voiced by an inspirational teacher, that if we were all a little kinder to one another the benefit would be incalculable. To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that" (Independent)

"Tremendously uplifting and a novel of all-too-rare power" (Sunday Express)

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The story of ten-year-old August Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, perfect for CURIOUS INCIDENT fans. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
By L. H. Healy TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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August 'Auggie' Pullman is a ten-year-old boy, much like many other boys of his age, except that he was born with facial disfigurements. He has undergone countless operations but he is still aware of how different he looks from everyone else, and he is acutely aware of the diverse reactions he gets from people. The novel is narrated by several different voices, each in the first person, and the one that features most is Auggie himself. The other characters who we hear from, like his sister Via, offer different perspectives on Auggie, on how they feel about him, on their relationship with him, and how he affects their lives. The chapters are, for the most part, very short, and it's very easy, and tempting given the lovely writing and the great story, to read a lot, if not all of the book in one sitting. We meet Auggie at a key stage in his life - he has been home schooled until now, partly to protect him, and his parents now want to send him out to attend middle school, a huge and incredibly daunting step for him. Is he brave enough to try it, how will he fit in, how will the other children react to him, and the other parents - so many anxieties surrounding this new part of his life.

This is a lovely read, Auggie himself is endearing, funny, believable, and most importantly he is deeply loved, supported and accepted by his parents and his sister. It could be said this novel is an illustration of the maxim that it is ultimately 'what is on the inside that counts', writ large. But maybe Auggie wouldn't be who he is without being as he is. He has had to learn to deal with peoples' reactions to him, on seeing his face, from shock or fear, to acceptance and friendship from some, or unkindness and taunting from others.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved by parent, son (12) and son (9) 17 May 2012
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This is the first time (since picture books) that I have read the same book as both my sons. I bought it after reading a positive review in a newspaper, read it and recommended it to my 9 yr old. He loved it. Yesterday my 12 ( nearly 13 ) yr old finished it, he loved it too.
"A great mixture of funny, sad and interesting" was his review.

It does help if you know a bit about Star Wars - i only know a bit, both boys got every reference!! When I was reading it I did check a couple of things with them.

I haven't read any other so -called "cross over" books, but would warmly recommend this - lots of discussion points but not a heavily moral book so no preachy bits.

My sons particularly liked the fact that you heard from several different view points, I just enjoyed the story
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 10 year old daughters review 8 Jun 2012
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I bought this book for my 10 year old daughter, and she quickly devoured it. I asked her to write her own uncensored review so here it is:

When I first picked up this book I didn't know what to expect. The blurb didn't give a lot of information about what was inside the book. The cover of the book was irrelevant to what happened in the book but it was a nice touch and it gave you a picture in your head of what August might have looked like. When I started reading it I couldn't put it down and I finished the book in about a week. August has a face that you could never imagine in your life. It is the type of face that you just want to scream and run away but your eyes are fixed to him, never looking away. But he realizes that he has to face his fears of going to school (as he has been home-schooled most of his life until now). A world that has never see a face like his. This book is a moving and serious book but has a loving feeling when you read it and when you do read it, it will make you think (which is a good thing) about people who have disabilities and how they must feel about going out in public and how they feel when we look and stare and what they must feel like inside. It is a truly heart-warming book that has something for everybody. There's adventure, romance and lots more. I think that this book is for children and some adults. Wonder is just an awesome book and I loved every word, page, chapter, I loved it all. I can see that the book will be read for many years and that people will never get bored of it. I think that it is a stunning book and I would certainly recommend it to all.
Written by Charlie brush aged 10 xxx
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonder of a book 22 Jan 2012
By Chantal Lyons VINE VOICE
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I can be cynical sometimes, but it is hard to be anything but delighted and heartened by "Wonder". Don't approach it thinking that it's just for children; it is for all ages (and some of the dialogue from adults in the book may even go over younger children's heads).

I found myself engrossed in "Wonder" from the very first page, something that rarely happens to me. The story is just so alive, it's like a sunburst. I giggled and I cried a little. I scowled but more often I smiled. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. In particular I think it would be a great choice for reading in school. There are hugely positive lessons in "Wonder": empathy and kindness. It's the old "it's inside what counts" message, but in a fresh, life-affirming package.

I read it in a day, because I couldn't put it down. You really can't go wrong with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a brilliant book - totally thought provoking and utterly...
What a brilliant book - totally thought provoking and utterly emotionally - I weeped at the last page.
This book will be giving to all friends as an xmas gift.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too sickly sweet and American (fairy tale happy endings and...
Too sickly sweet and American (fairy tale happy endings and one-dimensional characters) to my taste. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Yeti
5.0 out of 5 stars R.J. Palacio deserves a standing O for this book
I read this book in one sitting and could not recommend it enough.

Upon seeing it, holding it, reading the synopsis, your first thought will be...hmm... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by S. Shamma
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
this book is a heart warming beautiful story that touched me. the book was from many peoples perspective showing you people like auggie are thought of and how they feel. Read more
Published 1 day ago by agatha
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book made me cry and laugh a lot. It's wonderful. I loved it! Worth the reading.
Published 1 day ago by Melise C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading.
Friends and family members each describe their experience of knowing and growing with Auggie, a boy born with a major facial disfigurement. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mrs. S. A. Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving book in which a horribly deformed child surmounts his school...
A moving book in which a horribly deformed child surmounts his school day difficulties. A warming tale and an absorbing read but is really a fairy story. Read more
Published 2 days ago by eilsel
5.0 out of 5 stars A great thought provoking read. Brilliant
Lovely book. A very thought provoking read that i couldn't put down
Published 3 days ago by Mr. Stuart A. Forrest
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It is really good but
Published 4 days ago by Amira
5.0 out of 5 stars the story was both quite sad but also amusing
This book was purchased for my 12 year old grandson. He found the book described something he had never come across before...... facial disfigurement. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mrs Sandra Gee
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