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Wonder (Wonder #1)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  216,085 ratings  ·  29,088 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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Candice Chan 1. Pick up your book
2. Double check that is a book, not a cereal box
3. Carefully pick up a harder piece of paper, known as the "cover"
4. Flip through…more
1. Pick up your book
2. Double check that is a book, not a cereal box
3. Carefully pick up a harder piece of paper, known as the "cover"
4. Flip through it until you see "Part One, August"
5. Start reading until you finish. And be amazed by how good books like this one can be.

Swati Well, there is one part in the book where 2 boys get into a fight; but that's pretty much all the violence. It would overall be appropriate for a…moreWell, there is one part in the book where 2 boys get into a fight; but that's pretty much all the violence. It would overall be appropriate for a third grader, because in there is a super good message in the end teaching readers how not to judge a book by its cover. This book was the best book I read in 2014.(less)
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Rick Riordan
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Nicholas Sparks
A wonderful read for all ages.
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
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I hate reviewing books that I'm crazy about. I never can get across how wonderful they are. This is one of those books.

Sorry Christina. Words do hurt.

The universe has not been kind to Auggie Pullman. He was born with facial deformities. He has had multiple surgeries but he still gets people stopping when they see him and ugly remarks made about him.

He had been homeschooled up until the fifth grade due to his many recoveries from the surgeries and I think to protect him from other people. His
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
Emily May

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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Raeleen Lemay
"You really are a wonder, Auggie. You are a wonder."
Jessica (priceiswong)

I really enjoyed this story! It was an amazing feel-good book, but at the same time it broke my heart. I just wanted to hug and protect Auggie. This will definitely be a book that I would love for my future children to read.. I would recommend this to everyone though!
Amy (Foxy)
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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Aug 23, 2015 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Mike Mullin
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♥
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
Clare Cannon
Jun 16, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
“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
Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・

|4.7 stars|

Blurb: August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. No
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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
Diane Librarian
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:
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.
Mark Hoppus

Every human on Earth should read this book.
"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
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
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
When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.

This is truly a wonderful story (see what I did there?).

This book completely blew me away. I knew I was gonna love it from the start, but I didn't know that I was gonna love it this much. It made me laugh, it made me sad, it made me mad, and in the ending it left me both smiling and tearing up like an idiot.

But I think the best thing in this book are the characters. I loved that we got to read from multiple POVs, and see that
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
Whitney Atkinson
3.5 stars.

Read it in less than 24 hours. Amazing moral, especially for kids, but it didn't pack a punch for me like I expected it too. A little predictable, not very extraordinary, but still rememberable, nevertheless.
-----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
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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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