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Wonder [Paperback]

R.J. Palacio
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Book Description

3 Jan 2013

'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (3 Jan 2013)
  • 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 (869 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant" (Laura Dockrill 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. 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)

"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" (Suzi Feay Independent)

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

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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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73 of 75 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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13 of 13 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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39 of 41 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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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 22 Jan 2012
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Wonder is quite simply an awesome book. I enjoyed every page and devoured it within the space of a few hours. It is one of those books I can see I will continue to recommend for years to come.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I read this while on holiday and really enjoyed it. It's a book I'm going to encourage my 11year old son to read too as I think it has a great message.
Published 1 day ago by Mrs. Dawn L. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This is the best book I have ever read. I expect it to win the Hampshire Book Awards, and I shall vote for it. Indepth review below. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Words can't describe this heart warming and moving book about how August and his family get through their day to day life. For 8+ as some hard words
Published 4 days ago by rachel wimbush
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing?!! YES!!!
This book is so inspiring I loved it from beginning to end. It was so griping and I could read it 100 times and still love it,
Published 5 days ago by Rosario
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Great I loved this book. It was so sad at parts, so happy in others and in some made me mad. The author did a great job of keeping it so that you were always wondering what was... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Anna Sheridan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder ful
This book was recommended to me by my 10yr old Grandson and my daughter.I did not want to put it down.It is written to show the different views of different characters. Read more
Published 9 days ago by jay4jolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Read to check for school
Touching. Read as I am looking for quality texts for ks2 children. I will be purchasing copies for school and will certainly encourage pupils to read it.
Published 9 days ago by Fannyfluff
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,000,00 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Read this book once, yeah nothing special. I didn't get it the first time. A year later, my mum said " Did you like Wonder," I said I didn't remember so she showed me it again. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jem Hodgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book was awesome!!! I rated it 5/5 because I couldn't stop reading it. I would recommend it to everyone.
Published 10 days ago by Samar Fatema Jivraj
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder
I bought this for my nine year old son and I to read at the same time. He beat me finishing it! We both absolutely loved it. Full of emotion and lessons about life. Read more
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