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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552565970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552565974
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (983 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant" (Observer)

"What a gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry" (Malorie Blackman)

"The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio, a New York graphic designer whose debut novel, Wonder, is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some . . . It is dark, funny, touching and no Tube carriage will be without a copy this year" (The Times)

"It wreaks emotional havoc . . . 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)

"When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should" (Financial Times)

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Now with an exclusive new chapter, this is the unforgettable, life-affirming and internationally bestselling story of August Pullman - a boy who's desperate to blend in, but is destined to stand out because of the way he looks.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Shamma on 20 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
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...it's a children's book. I don't know if I want to read that. I don't know if it's for me.

That's what I thought at least, even though I found the synopsis interesting, I just wasn't in the mood to read a children's book. Eventually though, I folded and bought it. Boy, am I glad I did. When my sister saw me with it she said, Oh that's a wonderful book, you'll love it! I asked her, Will it make me cry? She said, I don't know. That depends on you.

Well, it did. It brought tears to my eyes and made me want to hug this kid so hard, along with each friend he's made.

So let's start from the beginning. This story is about a ten year old boy who is for a lack of better word "deformed", he was born this way, and doctors thought he wouldn't make it, but he did. Home schooled his whole life because of the way people react to his appearance, and because he couldn't take people's reactions (people can be so cruel sometimes), his mom finally decides it is time to put him in school. She argues that she can't teach him forever, she's not good at maths. His mom is great. As is his dad.

August (Auggie) tries to resist and argue at first, but upon being taken on a tour of the premises and meeting a few of his classmates, he makes the decision to go. Thus begins a very painful journey, watching Auggie have to deal with people's first reactions, the kids avoiding him, refusing to be partnered with him, refusing to eat with him, so far as to create a game in which if you are touched by him you'd have received the Plague.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christina on 17 Nov 2014
Format: Paperback
Wonder is about a young boy named August who is just about to join a mainstream school after being home schooled all his life. August has a facial disfiguration that has always made him "not normal" in the eyes of others. After a life of being stared at and spoken about, August is unsure that school is the right place for him, but soon realises he enjoys it a lot more than he first thought.

It's hard to review Wonder in a critical, objective way since my feelings and emotions get in the way every time I try. This book was amazing and even though it made me cry, it's one of the best children's books I've ever read. I do feel as though the reason it made me cry was that it hit a little too close to home, rather than purely for the book itself, although I found some parts hard to read.

The book is from the perspective of several characters - starting with a section from August. The sections include August's sister and some of his new friends. Whilst showing us August's transaction into a mainstream school, the book also teaches us lessons on friendships, bullying and the necessity of being nice. Everybody should read this book, no matter how old they are. It will touch your heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 11 Aug 2014
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My daughters review:
Wonder is the type of book that made me constantly go 'aww' and have tears welling in my eyes. It follows the story of ten year old, August, who was born with a disorder that makes him unlike everyone else. August has had to deal with people staring at his appearance ever since he could remember, whether they were in the street, at home, his sisters friends or even professionals. He's always had to hide himself away because there were people constantly doing a double take to stare at him once again. It definitely doesn't help that his parents protected him so much and homeschooled him, so he was unaware of friends and the harsh truth of everyday life. So when they make the drastic change to send August to a normal school, August feels his heart breaking with anxiety and worry. Before he knows it he is shoved into a school where there are bullies, friends and jerks. Although August finds some friends along the way, people are still not getting used to him. And August feels like he has to hide away for ever.

This book was beautifully compelling. I love the structure of the book, too. It adds a definite twists to the plot of the story, as you read everyones perspectives on August and find out what everyone else is feeling compared to his usual fear of socialising. It also adds a new feel to the book when you're reading the backstory of his sister and how she is tossed aside for August as you're gradually building up on everyones view on August and how people see people. There are chapters in the perspective of friends also which allows you to understand whats going on behind August's back when he's joining this school and thinking everything is really working out for him.

The plot overall, was definitely a shocker to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carmen on 3 Oct 2014
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Picked this up off teenage daughter's bed, intending to have a quick look at what she was reading ('cos I am nosy!) and suddenly I was on page 50!

Every single child/teenager over the age of 9 should read this amazing story. They should get rid of Stig of the Stupid Dump and put this on the school curriculum for every child in the land. It's really beautiful and moving and is easy to read for kids as the chapters are very short. It's written from various points of view and would be a wonderful tool for teachers, as I know from experience how difficult it can be to get 10 year olds to understand the concept of writing with different characters' voices.

Be warned. The end comes before you think it does as there's an extra bit that's been added into later editions from a previously untold character. I was on a train when I suddenly reached the end and I honestly struggled to hold it together in public!

A stunning book in every way.
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