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  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (14 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375869026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375869020
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,605 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 860,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012:
"Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
"A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder."
""Wonder "is a book with such a big wide heart - it shows how we are all fragile, imperfect, and perfectly beautiful creatures. A wonderful novel by a wonder of a writer!" - Julia Alvarez, author of "Return to Sender," "Before We Were Free," "Finding Miracles," and the Tia Lola Stories
"This really is a remarkable book!" - Tom Angleberger, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda"
"August Pullman reminds us of what true beauty is." - Paul Hankins, "Goodreads"
"Do I recommend "Wonder"? "Yes," very much!! It's an eye opener for any age." -

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
"A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder."
Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012:
"Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 2012:
"Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Everyone grows and develops as the story progresses, especially the middle school students. This is a fast read and would be a great discussion starter about love, support, and judging people on their appearance. A well-written, thought-provoking book.""
""The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of t

"Entertainment Weekly", February 10, 2012:
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turning filled with characters you can't help but root for. A--"

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
"A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder."

Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012:
"Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 2012:
"Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Everyone grows and develops as the story progresses, especially the middle school students. This is a fast read and would be a great discussion starter about love, support, and judging people on their appearance. A well-written, thought-provoking book.""

""The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and then some." - "The London Times", "The Top 100 People to Watch in 2012"

""Wonder "is a book with such a big wide heart - it shows how we are all fragile, imperfect, and perfectly beautiful creatures. A wonderful novel by a wonder of a writer!" - Julia Alvarez, author of "Return to Sender", "Before We Were Free", "Finding Miracles", and the Tia Lola Stories

"This really is a remarkable book!" - Tom Angleberger, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda"

"August Pullman reminds us of what true beauty is." - Paul Hankins, "Goodreads"

"Do I recommend "Wonder"? "Yes", very much!! It's an eye opener for any age." - "Attack of the Book "(blog)

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 20, 2012:
"Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes--and hearts--to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd."
"Entertainment Weekly," February 10, 2012:
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turning filled with characters you can't help but root for. A--"
Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012:
"Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 1, 2012:
"Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Everyone grows and develops as the story progresses, especially the middle school students. This is a fast read and would be a great discussion starter about love, support, and judging people on their appearance. A well-written, thought-provoking book.""
"Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
"A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder."
"The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and then some." - "The London Times," "The Top 100 People to Watch in 2012"
""Wonder "is a book with such a big wide heart - it shows how we are all fragile, imperfect, and perfectly beautiful creatures. A wonderful novel by a wonder of a writer!" - Julia Alvarez, author of "Return to Sender," "Before We Were Free," "Finding Miracles," and the Tia Lola Stories
"This really is a remarkable book!" - Tom Angleberger, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Strange Case of

""Wonder "is essentially ... a wonder. It's well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, "Wonder "touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favor and read this book - your life will be better for it." - Nicholas Sparks, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author
Slate.com, October 10, 2012:
""Wonder" is the best kids' book of the year."
Entertainment Weekly, February 17, 2012, "The Top 10 Things We Love This Week: "
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for."
The New York Times, April 8, 2012:
"Rich and memorable...It's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of 'Wonder, ' and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill."
The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2012:
"What makes R.J. Palacio's debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie's story...The result is a beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation."
The Huffington Post, March 1, 2012:
"It's in the bigger themes that Palacio's writing shines. This book is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness."
The London Times, "The Top 100 People to Watch in 2012: "
"The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and then some."
"Full of heart, full of truth, "Wonder" is a book about seeing the beauty that's all around us. I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman."
- Rebecca Stead, Newbery award-winning author of "When You Reach Me
""It is the deceptive simplicity and ho

A School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012
A Publishers Weekly Best of Children's Books 2012
A Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012
A Booklist Best of Children's Books 2012
""Wonder "is essentially ... a wonder. It's well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, "Wonder "touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favor and read this book - your life will be better for it." - Nicholas Sparks, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author
Slate.com, October 10, 2012:
""Wonder" is the best kids' book of the year."
Entertainment Weekly, February 17, 2012, "The Top 10 Things We Love This Week: "
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for."
The New York Times, April 8, 2012:
"Rich and memorable...It's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of 'Wonder, ' and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill."
The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2012:
"What makes R.J. Palacio's debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie's story...The result is a beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation."
The Huffington Post,
March 1, 2012: "It's in the bigger themes that Palacio's writing shines. This book is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness."
January 2013: "I think every mother and father would be better for having read it. Auggie's parents -- who are never named in the book, and don't even get to narrate a chapter of their own -- are powerful examples not only of how to shelter and strengthen a child with heartbreaking facial anomalies, but also

#1 "New York Times" bestseller
A School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012
A Publishers Weekly Best of Children's Books 2012
A Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012
A Booklist Best of Children's Books 2012
""Wonder "is essentially ... a wonder. It's well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, "Wonder "touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favor and read this book your life will be better for it." - Nicholas Sparks, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author
Slate.com, October 10, 2012:
""Wonder" is the best kids' book of the year."
Entertainment Weekly, February 17, 2012, "The Top 10 Things We Love This Week: "
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for."
The New York Times, April 8, 2012:
"Rich and memorable...It's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of 'Wonder, ' and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill."
The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2012:
"What makes R.J. Palacio's debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie's story The result is a beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.
The Huffington Post,
March 1, 2012: "It's in the bigger themes that Palacio's writing shines. This book is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness."
January 2013: "I think every mother and father would be better for having read it. Auggie's parents -- who are never named in the book, and don't even get to narrate a chapter of their own -- are powerful examples not only of how to shelter and strengthen a child with heartbreaking facial anomalies, but also of how to be a loving advocate to any kid."
The London Times, "The Top 100 People to Watch in 2012: "
"The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and then some."
"Full of heart, full of truth, "Wonder" is a book about seeing the beauty that's all around us. I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman."
- Rebecca Stead, Newbery award-winning author of "When You Reach Me
""It is the deceptive simplicity andhonesty of the work that make "Wonder" so memorable. Every single character seems real and well drawn and oh-so human...This book is beautiful." - Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery award-winning author of "Bud, Not Buddy"
"A beautiful story of kindness and courage. There are many real and well-developed characters, and they each have their shining moments. Of course, Auggie shines the brightest." - Clare Vanderpool, Newbery award-winning author of "Moon Over Manifest"
""Wonder "is a beautifully told story about heartache, love, and the value of human life. One comes away from it wanting to be a better person." - Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery honor-winning author of "Lily's Crossing" and "Pictures of Hollis Woods"
""Wonder" is a shining jewel of a storythatcannot help but encouragereadersof all ages to do better, to be better, in how they treat others in life. I'm totally in love with this novel." - Trudy Ludwig, anti-bullying advocate and author of "My Secret Bully," "Confessions of a Former Bully," "Better Than You," and "Just Kidding"
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 20, 2012:
Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes--and hearts--to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd.
Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012:
Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 1, 2012:
"Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters...A well-written, thought-provoking book.""
"Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder. "

#1 New York Times bestseller
A School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012
A Publishers Weekly Best of Children's Books 2012
A Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012
A Booklist Best of Children's Books 2012
"
Wonder is essentially ... a wonder. It's well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, Wonder touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favor and read this book your life will be better for it." - Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Slate.com, October 10, 2012:
"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year."
Entertainment Weekly, February 17, 2012, The Top 10 Things We Love This Week:
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for."
The New York Times, April 8, 2012:
"Rich and memorable...It's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of 'Wonder, ' and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill."
The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2012:
"What makes R.J. Palacio's debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie's story The result is a beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.
The Huffington Post,
March 1, 2012:
"It's in the bigger themes that Palacio's writing shines. This book is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness."
January 2013: "I think every mother and father would be better for having read it. Auggie's parents -- who are never named in the book, and don't even get to narrate a chapter of their own -- are powerful examples not only of how to shelter and strengthen a child with heartbreaking facial anomalies, but also of how to be a loving advocate to any kid."
The London Times, The Top 100 People to Watch in 2012:
"The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some."
"Full of heart, full of truth, Wonder is a book about seeing the beauty that's all around us. I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman."
- Rebecca Stead, Newbery award-winning author of When You Reach Me
"It is the deceptive simplicity andhonesty of the work that make Wonder so memorable. Every single character seems real and well drawn and oh-so human...This book is beautiful." - Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery award-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy
"A beautiful story of kindness and courage. There are many real and well-developed characters, and they each have their shining moments. Of course, Auggie shines the brightest." - Clare Vanderpool, Newbery award-winning author of Moon Over Manifest
"Wonder is a beautifully told story about heartache, love, and the value of human life. One comes away from it wanting to be a better person." - Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery honor-winning author of Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods
"Wonder is a shining jewel of a storythatcannot help but encouragereadersof all ages to do better, to be better, in how they treat others in life. I'm totally in love with this novel." - Trudy Ludwig, anti-bullying advocate and author of My Secret Bully, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, and Just Kidding
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 20, 2012:
Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes--and hearts--to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd.

Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012:
Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 1, 2012:
"Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters...A well-written, thought-provoking book."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder. "

Book Description

The story of ten-year-old August Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, perfect for CURIOUS INCIDENT fans. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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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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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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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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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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