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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: 19.8 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,036 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

"It wreaks emotional havoc" (Independent)

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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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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
By L. H. Healy TOP 500 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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 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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44 of 46 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good early teen book
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The story is a description of a disfigured boy who transitioned from a very sheltered loving existence to the cruelty that he experience when released to the world via attending... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Haidji
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for 10 year old's upwards into adulthood
Prompt delivery, great book for 10 year old's upwards into adulthood. Book about a young boy with a disfigured face told from his point of view and from the people around him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. On first glance a simple book about a disabled child, but it's so much more. Not depressing in the least. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My 11year daughter loved this book and has chosen to review it for her school.
Published 4 days ago by claire rule
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
A wonderful book. I laughed and cried. A children's book but certainly not one to be missed as a adult. I was gripped from beginning to end.
Published 5 days ago by Mrs Helen S Parks
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Published 8 days ago by andrew spencelayh
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is such a great book full of emotion and happiness. I loved the split characters as it gave you a insight to how everyone feels. Just amazing
Published 8 days ago by Nemaria
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good easy read
Really enjoyed this, very vivid and warming.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs P
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I couldn't put this book down.
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