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Wonder Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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Wonder is a novel written by celebrated children's writer rj palacio. August or auggie is a young ten-year-old boy who has been born with an incredible facial abnormality. He is a normal young kid who eats ice cream and plays on his xbox but his abnormality drives other children away on roads and on playgrounds. Owing to his abnormality, his parents have him homeschooled till the age of ten. But now auggie must go to school, a real one at that, with other children. August dreads his first day in school and the book talks about his trials and trepidations. The book is a children's book that can be enjoyed in one sitting. Like most children's books the language is simple and palacio creates a mark with his debut children's book in the genre. Palacio's language is simple and easy to understand. The story is gripping and very touching. About a boy with a facial abnormality the book can touch the chords of many and is selling like hot cakes. The book talks about august's interactions with his parents, other children and about how he faces school despite his abnormality. The book can be read by children upwards the age of ten and is recommended by teachers for parents to read to their children. It creates in children a compassion for those who are less fortunate and talks about the normalcy that is innate in us and that makes us human despite our differences. The book was published by rhuk in 2013 and is available in paperback. Key features:the book is written in lucid and clear language and is easy to understand. The book, wonder, can be enjoyed by children and parents alike and talks about a young 10-year-old's tryst with destiny. With a facial abnormality august wants only to be accepted and liked by his peers and how he goes about it.See all Product description
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This book is full of wonderful relationships and certainly packs an emotional punch. Before you even start the story you know that this little boy will face many challenges in life because of his condition, but as we go through the motions with him, it is a hard read. We get to see Auggie at his lowest point, and also at the high points along the way - the author does well to balance the story with enough reality to get the point across, but lighten the load with elements of laughter and heartwarming moments.
The relationships within this story are incredible and I really enjoyed seeing them change as the story progressed. The multiple viewpoint element was great and really helped to see how this boys condition affected others around him, as well as himself.
The raw moments were exactly that, raw and honest. I think this was needed with a story like this and actually, it made the happier moments even nicer because we had seen the journey to get there.
Great, evocative writing with wonderful character development throughout. The pace was just right to keep me turning the pages and when I reached the end, I could have kept reading about Auggie and his friends.
A wonderfully perceptive and honest story that is a must read for everyone!
The moral of the story is about kindness, because it is a sad fact of life that a lot of humans (both adults and children) feel uncomfortable around people with disabilities or deformities and go to great lengths to either avoid them altogether or else make cruel and spiteful jibes. If children were made to read and discuss this book at school as part of their coursework, it would be an excellent lesson in humility, understanding and kindness - far more important in life than Shakespeare!
Yes this book is truly a wonder!
If I am completely honest I never really enjoyed reading books until I read Wonder by R. J. Palacio, which was the very first novel that I had difficulty putting down.
Wonder is the story of 10 year old August Pullman (Auggie to his friends) who has a severe facial deformity. The author skillfully takes us through approximately 18 months of Auggie’s life with a mixture of humour, tragedy, adversity and triumph and I challenge any reader not to find the story both heart-warming and inspirational.
Written from the perspective of Auggie, his friends and family it really draws you into his life and challenges and also gives you insight into how those that know him feel about him both as a person and someone with the type of deformity that he has to cope with.
I would recommend this book for both children and adults and have already ordered my next R.J. Palacio book.
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