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Wonder (Wonder #1)

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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...more
Hardcover, Books for Young Readers, 313 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Knopf
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Nicholas Sparks
A wonderful read for all ages.
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...more
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:

(view spoiler)...more
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...more
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...more
Amy (Foxy)
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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...more
“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...more
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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...more
Raeleen Lemay
"You really are a wonder, Auggie. You are a wonder."
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
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:...more
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...more
"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 est...more
-----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...more
To call this book charming, endearing or uplifting just doesn't feel right. The words aren't STRONG enough. Also, to simply say this is a "beautiful little book" just doesn't feel like I'm doing this book justice, either. This isn't the kind of novel that has you flipping pages because it's plot-driven and every short chapter ends on a mini cliffhanger. Reading about life from the perspective of several different kids that focus on one remarkable little boy made me curious to know which side of...more
Mark Hoppus

Every human on Earth should read this book.
Mar 08, 2012 Francine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Stacy Goldberger Kay, Joy Macpherson and Jim Kay
Shall we make a new rule of life...always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?

In that one sentence is wrapped the premise of Wonder: to be kinder than is necessary. That it's not enough to be kind but that one should be kinder than needed. That the decision to be kind is a choice each and every single one of us faces, but that not every one chooses to do so, because, let's face it, it's hard.

I don't really want to say too much about this book, only that it is simultaneously beautiful and...more
Apr 30, 2012 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annalisa by: Wendy Darling
Since this is a middle grade novel, it took me a while to get used to the more simplistic sentence structure and dialogue, but the themes in the novel are by no means simplistic. I expected it be a hard-handed story about bullying. I expected the wrongs done to August to be done by well-defined villains that were easy to hate. The book is much more honest than that.

What broke my heart in August's opening chapters was how accepting he was of the shock his face is. I kept asking myself how I would...more
Huda Yahya

أخييييييرا الرواية متوفرة للتحميل

by R.J. Palacio


Mia Queen
Don't judge a book by its cover. Familiar, yes? Bagaimana dengan don't judge a boy by his face?

Lahir dengan kelainan Mandibulofacial Dysostosis, sebuah kondisi rumit
yang membuat wajahnya tampak tidak biasa walau sudah menjalani sepuluh kali operasi. August diperkenalkan langsung kepada pembaca melalui prolog berjudul 'biasa'.

Aku tahu aku bukan anak berumur sepuluh tahun biasa. Maksudku, memang aku melakukan hal-hal biasa. Aku makan es krim. Aku bersepeda. Aku memiliki XBox. Rasanya sih begitu....more
Rachel Niemeyer
As a mother of three children (ages 10, 12, and 14), I read this book because I heard from a friend that it was a must-read for my youngest daughter. I wanted to see if I agreed with that recommendation. Turns out, not only do I agree with my friend, but I am also having my husband and oldest two kids read it.

Wonder is an easy and quick read, written from the perspective of six different characters in the book. I was really impressed by Palacio’s ability to write from the point of view of a 10 y...more
They say if you want to win an Oscar you need to play somebody with an extreme personal difficulty (terminal illness, disease, etc.). They do not, for the record, say that about award winning children's books. There isn't this general understanding that if you want a shiny Newbery Medal on your cover then you need to give your main character autism or a cleft palate or any of that. People write such books but if I were to make a very rough estimate I'd say that a good 90% of them were awful. Why...more
C.S. Einfeld
A few weeks back, I ranted a bit (okay, a lot), about the absence of aspirational heroes in Middle-Grade fiction these days. For the most part, I’m still feeling tantram-y about the general state of things in this regard.


WONDER, by R.J. Palacio, goes a long way to correct this.

Let’s face it: there are books and then, there are BOOKS! And, by the latter category, I mean those rare gems that not only captivate us but also change us—-for the better—-by us having had the good fortune to h...more
Nov 05, 2011 EeeJay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
What can I say? Where do I begin? How do I express what reading this book made me feel? It's not a book, it's a journey. It's a tragedy and a comedy and true and false at the same time. I feel privileged to have been allowed to read this (typos and all). And Auggie's right, I don't want to imagine him. I don't want to avert my eyes from his face. I don't want to hurt his feelings and feel like I behaved like all the other people did. But you know that it would happen if you saw him. That's the s...more
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