- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Corgi Childrens (3 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552565970
- ISBN-13: 978-0552565974
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,440 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wonder Paperback – 3 Jan 2014
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"Thoughtful but never preachy. A great book" (Sophie Kinsella)
"A gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry" (Malorie Blackman)
"It makes ordinary things extraordinary . . . Reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird. It has the power to move hearts and change minds" (Guardian)
"A children's book that's making grown men cry" (Observer)
"The breakout publishing sensation . . . Destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some. Telling the story of August, a schoolboy born with an unspecified facial deformity, it is dark, funny, touching and no Tube carriage will be without a copy this year" (The Times)
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
Wonder is about a young boy called Auggie who was born with a deformed face due to faults within his genetic makeup. As a small child he endured hours of painful surgical procedures but still he doesn't look 'normal'. Reading the book gave me real insight for ordinary people who are considered 'odd' by society and made my heart break for him as you saw all the discrimantion he went through when he went to school for the first time.
The thing I love about Auggie is that on the whole he is prepared to take his lot and just get on with his life without moaning or feeling sorry for himself. He just wants to be considered normal but his peers don't always let him. The most heart breaking thing for me was seeing how he reacted when other children treated him in a horrible way because he couldn't quite understand what gave them the right to treat him in such a way.
I enjoyed how the story switched perspectives throughout giving you greater insight to the world in which Auggie lived. I especially found his sister's story touching in the way in which she had selflessly given up so much for her brother without complaining or jealously for the different ways in which she and her brother were treated.
The overwhelming message you are left with by the end of this beautiful tale is one of hope and the notion that the world would be a much better place if people were more tolerant and kinder to each other. The way this is done really has a lot of reasonance without being cheesy or preachy which is why I think it is such a stunning novel. Certainly a book I would recommend.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My granddaughter put me on to this novel, and I'm so glad she did. I cannot praise it too highly. It is a wonderful, thought-provoking, heart-warming, beautifully written book,... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mac Cooper
absolutely awesome l loved this book even though it took me ages to read but i still really enjoyed the book and i think the author has done a great jobPublished 5 days ago by musical monkey
I read this book as part of a school project and was very pleasantly surprised. I loved the characters. Read morePublished 9 days ago by HK
its a great mix of hapy fun and just plain sad! ther is bits where you feel sorry for aggie nd also bits where you feel so happy for him<3 words cannot explain how much i love... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mrs N A Henderson
This book is an emotional story and so very heartwarming. I recommend this lovely book to anyone!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer