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Wonder (Wonder #1)

4.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  163,152 Ratings  ·  24,371 Reviews
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an ex
Hardcover, Books for Young Readers, 320 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Knopf
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Rick Riordan
Dec 04, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing
Ye gods, what a wonderful book! I don't read a lot of realistic middle grade fiction. I tend to gravitate toward fantasy. But this is probably the best such book I've read since Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

The main character August (Auggie) Pullman is a ten-year-old boy with severe facial abnormalities. Little kids scream when they see him. Older kids make fun of him and call him a freak. Auggie is home-schooled through grade four, but for middle school his p
Wendy Darling
Feb 22, 2012 Wendy Darling rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Suicide Notes, A Monster Calls...pretty much anyone with a beating heart
Wonder is one of those rare books that makes you want to hug everyone in it so tightly that they’ll have no doubt about how much you love them…and beyond that, it also makes you want to reach out and hug the whole world. It’s an upbeat, humorous, life-affirming story that deserves to be read—and it’s one that may just change its readers, too.

If you remember how terrifying it was to be a kid on a day to day basis, you’ll appreciate August’s story. 10-year-old Auggie is going to school for the fir
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Personally, I prefer my ARC cover. You like? :)


August has always known that he's different. But he's learned to long accept that people will always stare at his face, and there's nothing he can do about it. So why not just live life the best way possible? With a loving family always by his side, although originally not at all happy about starting school, he soon starts to warm to the idea. Having been home-schooled for many years he is now more vulnerable than ever.

Like any person that's a new s
Raeleen Lemay
Nov 09, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
"You really are a wonder, Auggie. You are a wonder."

I've read this book twice now, and it will definitely always have a special place in my heart. This is a book that makes me laugh, makes me cry, and gives me endless amounts of hope. I love this book, and will probably be giving out copies to my friends and family this Christmas.

first read in May 2013
Mar 21, 2012 Catie rated it it was ok
I feel like I want to attach a giant asterisk to those two stars up there:

*I acknowledge that this opinion will not be shared by 90% or more of readers.

I know that most everyone is going to love this book: it’s a very sweet, heartwarming story. And on top of that – it’s well written and flows really nicely. I finished it in one afternoon. For a really well thought-out, positive review I would read Flannery’s. If you insist on staying here – be prepared for dissent and lot of middle-school remi
Nicholas Sparks
Jun 21, 2012 Nicholas Sparks rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read for all ages.
I feel a bit like a cold-hearted snob for giving this book two stars. I am not saying that it isn't an uplifting story definitely worth being told (and read), but I can't deny that there were a few aspects I had problems with and that the story didn't trigger the emotional reaction I expected it to.

Wonder is the story of August Pullman's first year at school. Auggie is a ten-year-old boy born with a facial anomaly that has required him to undergo countless operations and made him an outsider wit
Mar 03, 2012 Flannery rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Flannery by: Wendy Darling
August Pullman burrowed under my skin and punched me in my tear ducts pretty early on in this book. Maybe it was his Star Wars obsession, or his sense of humor, or his general spirit that captured me but it was probably all three—and so much more. As a kid with craniofacial abnormalities, he's heard it all, all the awful names kids (and adults) can come up with. He's seen all the horrified looks. Until this year, though, he'd never been to school. Wonder follows Auggie as he starts his year unti ...more
Emily May
Apr 11, 2012 Emily May rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2012

It would be pretty impossible to properly review this book without getting just a touch spoilery. I think I could actually sum up rather succinctly what it was that made this book only get three stars from me, and also what I'm sure will be many readers' deciding factor as to whether they will love it or not. Basically, you should love this novel if you like stories that end with this:

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Yes. Yes. Yes. Wonder is one of those books that just makes me want to say... Yes.

"I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks."

We've all been bullied before. Criticized or cast aside because of how we talk, what we wear, or who we hang out with. But I doubt that many of us have experienced anything like what August Pullman went through. Ten-year-old Auggie
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Nov 04, 2015 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Shelby, Melissa Martin and Paige
“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives because we all overcometh the world.” -Auggie Pullman

August Pullman or “Auggie” is a young boy most unlike any normal kid. There is no easy way to say it. He was born with facial abnormality. Auggie said it himself in the beginning of the story. It’s hard to describe what he looks like because it’s probably worse than whatever we might be thinking. Auggie has won my heart right there at the first page of the b
Amy (Foxy)
Aug 10, 2014 Amy (Foxy) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy (Foxy) by: Cindy
On sale: -> $2.50 normally $7.99


WONDER is a story of a 5th grade boy whose face is deformed. Fifth grade is hard enough but when you look different it is even harder.

August (Auggie) has been homeschooled his whole life and now that he is entering 5th grade his parents think it's time for him to attend a private school. He's nervous because he doesn't look everyone else and when people see his face they cringe. "Let's face it, the universe was not kind to Auggie
Jan 25, 2016 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Unsure what to rate this just yet, but it was such a beautiful book!
Mike Mullin
May 16, 2012 Mike Mullin rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Among the best novels I've ever read--note I didn't say best middle-grade novels. This story is so powerful, so beautifully told that it transcends genre. I recommend it for middle-grade students. I recommend it for teenagers. I recommend it for adults--even if you've never read a middle-grade novel, even if you've read and hated middle-grade novels, try this one.

A few months ago, after reading a string of YA novels that equated inner beauty with exterior (an infuri
Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
5 stars!

"Let's face it, the universe was not kind to Auggie Pullman."

August, a boy with rare facial abnormalities since birth, has been homeschooled by his mother his entire life. When August reaches the age where he would attend the fifth grade, his parents broach the idea of August attending a private school with other kids his age. August does not want to go at first, but decides to attend.

At school he faces a number of experiences, from new friends to new enemies and bullies, shock f
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“O, I believe
Fate smiled and destiny
Laughed as she came to my cradle
Know this child will be able
Laughed as she came to my mother
Know this child will not suffer
Laughed as my body she lifted
Know this child will be gifted
With love, with patience and with faith
He'll make his way”

For anyone who even is thinking about saying this is a kid’s book . . . .

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And also you are wrong. Wonder is a book for EVERYONE. Seriously. Like every single
Lala BooksandLala
"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."
Clare Cannon
Jun 16, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every single person: 10 years - adults

I'm not kidding when I say every single person from 10 years to adults should read this book. The blurb made it sound special, but how special I had no idea. I can tell you now it is one of the most special stories I have ever read.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a genetic defect that changed his face. He and his family are perfectly aware of the attention he attracts, and the decision to send him to 'outside school' for the first time in Grade 5 was not taken lightly. This is the story o
Sep 12, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2013
“Some things you just can't explain. You don't even try. You don't know where to start. All your sentences would jumble up like a giant knot if you opened your mouth. Any words you used would come out wrong.”

This is exactly how I feel as I sit here trying to come up with the words to explain this book and how it made me feel. I’m going to give it my best.

Kids can be cruel. Kids can be surprisingly empathetic. That’s a part of what this book is about.

Auggie Pullman was born with a one in a millio
Mark Hoppus
Jun 24, 2012 Mark Hoppus rated it it was amazing

Every human on Earth should read this book.
May 18, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
Original post at One More Page

There was a time a few years ago when I was hearing mass with my family, and I happened to stand beside this man at church. The man wasn't dressed the way other people were dressed during Sunday mass. He looked scruffy, almost like he came straight from the streets to the church. He didn't look dangerous, and perhaps he even is nice given that he was in church and all. But what I really noticed were his hands. They were, if I were to be perfectly honest, kind of sca
Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
Really great story about bullying and what it's like to be different in the mean world of middle school. My only issue is there wasn't much of a plot and I found it slow at times but I think that may be because it's middle grade. I guess I just would've liked a more cohesive story line.
Apr 27, 2015 Fenia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-like-drugs
I don't know how to describe this book. It has so much power in it. I think everyone should read it and maybe,just maybe, the world would be a better and kinder place.

This is a heart-felt book,so much meaning into it. Its about being different,being kind to the people who are different,its also about family,friendships and its just all the was amazing. I cried so much while reading this BUT i also laughed a lot. Its not a 'omg this is so sad' book,its a 'that's the world,it may be ugly sometime
Jan 05, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
Wow, I wish this book had existed when I was in 5th grade. It would have been a comfort while dealing with bullies.

This kind of great Young Adult writing has revived my faith in the genre. Last year I read two popular YA novels and I hated them so much that I was ready to swear off the whole damn category. But this book is so lovely and bittersweet that I am glad I gave it a chance.

"Wonder" is the story of 10-year-old August, who was born with a severe facial deformity. This is his introduction:
Jan 09, 2014 Cynn rated it it was amazing
"Todos deberíamos recibir al menos una ovación en nuestra vida, porque todos vencemos al mundo".

Terminé de leer este libro con un suspiro y una sonrisa . Me encantó, me encariñé con todos los personajes y me hizo sentir todo tipo de emociones. Es un libro que sí o sí voy a leer con mis alumnos.

La historia está narrada en 1º persona pero no tenemos a August como nuestro único narrador sino que entran en acción los diferentes personajes que tienen importancia en la vida de él. Es entretenida es
Monica Edinger
Feb 21, 2012 Monica Edinger rated it really liked it
I went a bit kicking and screaming into the reading of this one because I thought --- yet another soppy sad story of a kid with a serious problem. Not to mention realistic school stories too often feel forced to this veteran classroom teacher. But as I read further into it I was completely taken in. This is a truly lovely story and beautifully, beautifully told. The movement between different characters' points of view is nicely done. The children and adults all seem real as can be, not a one se ...more
Everyone seems to love this book all over the place – apparently for very convincing reasons, as it deals with what a deformed little boy has to go through in school when his new classmates are confronted with his face for the first time. This is a book about bullying, but also about hope, friendship and family. And it’s a good book, featuring a believable and interesting protagonist you simply can’t help but relate to.

August „Auggie“ Pullman has been born with a cleft palate which left him with
-----Immediate Reaction after reading----

I'm so torn. On one hand, I loved Auggie so much that it feels insensitive to give this anything less than a stellar rating. Yet, if I'm being honest, I do have a few issues with the book.

Going back and forth between 3 and 4.

----Full Review----

So I finally decided to be honest and not emotional, so 3 it is.

Let me start by saying that Wonder is a really good book. It’s original, relevant and well-written, with a very strong protagonist. Ten-year old August
Auggie Pullman is born with Treacher Collins, a chromosome disorder that results in severe facial deformities. He is homeschooled for many years because of his ongoing need for extensive surgery and his parents' fear about how Auggie will be treated.

When Auggie begins fifth grade, his parents decide to send him to school. How Auggie, his family, and his classmates deal with Auggie's transition to school during one school year forms the basis of the storyline. I appreciated the honesty of his sit
Ecmel Soylu
Jan 18, 2016 Ecmel Soylu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Çok ama çok güzeldi, yalnız ufak bir problemim var kitapla ilgili. Başlarda bu kitap mükemmel, favorilerime alırım derken birden kitabın 4 yıldıza inmesine sebep oldu benim için.
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R.J. Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the pe ...more
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