Wonder MP3 CD – Audiobook, 23 Apr 2013
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"Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds" (Guardian)
"Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant" (Observer)
"It wreaks emotional havoc . . . To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that" (Independent)
"When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should" (Financial Times)
"Awesome . . . So authentic you'll swear a kid wrote the book. And yes, that's a good thing" (Glamour) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Everyone should read this child or adult heart warming story about how cruel people can be and wonderfulPublished 2 days ago by Miss D J B
I really enjoyed this book there was sad moments and happy moments and there is so much detail in this book which i enjoy alot.i would really recomend this book.Published 11 days ago by miss c e cook
This book is amazing!it's a great read for any time and is so awesome. It's the kind of book that you don't want to put down and want there to be more when you finished it.Published 13 days ago by anonymous
Gripping and original August Pullman is a real little dude
Though sad in places it all turns out to be the best year of august's life
I would defiantly recommended this... Read more
This is a very touching book I would recommend this to people who lover mixed sad but goodPublished 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
What an incredible book- I read this to my 8 and 9 year olds and we all loved it. Funny, sad, poignant and heart warming. A great read for all agesPublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great story to help children understand the importance of being kind to each otherPublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer