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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 (952 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R.J. Palacio deserves a standing O for this book 20 Aug 2014
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'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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Lisa
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this! 3 Oct 2014
By Carmen
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By C. Rucroft VINE VOICE
I'd heard really good things about this book and it was chosen as our June book club read. I wouldn't normally read it so early but I couldn't wait.

The story is about August (Auggie) who has a facial disfigurement. He has tried his best to shy away from social interaction with people he doesn't know until his parents decide he should go to school. This is his story about how he copes. The story is told from many different angles - Via (his sister), Jake (his friend), Summer (another friend) and Justin (Via's boyfriend.)

I read this story very quickly and felt sad at some of the things that Auggie said. It's difficult not to feel sorry for him, which of course isn't what he would want. I found it quite an easy read, which is a problem for me because this shouldn't be an easy read. It did leave me thinking about some of the messages, especially the one about kindness.

It didn't blow me away though. I think this is a very good children's book, that holds some important morals for all children. I would like to see it studied in schools. But it's not really an adults book in my opinion. It just lacked something.

This is a book I'm glad I read but I think it's slightly over hyped. A good children's book though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this during their lifetime!
Best book I've ever read I think! Read this with year 5 during guided reading and they couldn't get enough!! Read more
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This book is outstanding and it captures the life of an unfortunate boy. This book is gripping, hard to put down and interesting the whole way through!! I was attached to it! Read more
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Being used for READ DL, a community/school 'One Book, One Community' reading project in Co Donegal from Feb to April 2015. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Patrick Hannigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book is Amazing. I really do recommend it for all ages above eleven. Best book ever. So emotional. You could cry reading it its that good.
Published 4 days ago by hayley roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful!
this book is now one of my all time favourites. i love how amazing august is described in this book. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Richard Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written YA novel
I think more of a novel for a young adult rather than an adult, but the subject of facial disfigurement is dealt with in a well-written and sensitive way. Read more
Published 6 days ago by MegaReader
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!
Beautiful, hearbreaking and yet heart lifting. I am 52 , have seen a lot in life and therefore I rarely cry when I read a book but I was moved to tears on several ocassions. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Vikram Indrajit Chopra
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this if you have read Wonder
This little book gives an excellent different perspective of Julian's life and explains his actions. You MUST read this if you have read Wonder.
Published 6 days ago by K. Waine
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. Don't be fooled into thinking that this is ...
Don't be fooled into thinking that this is a story just for children. I purchased this book with a view to giving it to my daughter, but found I couldn't put it... Read more
Published 6 days ago by nicknamesarenaff
4.0 out of 5 stars Every character is great and it's an easy but addictive read
Such a touching and fantastically written book. Every character is great and it's an easy but addictive read. Puts life in perspective! A must for adults and kids over 11 I'd say.
Published 7 days ago by charlotte edwards
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