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The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story (Wonder #1.5)

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A brand new, exclusive chapter from the bestselling, award-winning, and critically acclaimed novel Wonder.

Over 1 million people have read Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Now readers will have a chance to hear from the book's most controversial character—Julian.

From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in
ebook, 84 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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It was such an emotional story. Julian, the bully as we've known him from Wonder, got a chance to tell his side of the story - why he was so mean to Auggie, what happened during the summer and how he righted the wrong. I loved the story Julian's grandmother told about the boy in her class when she was a little girl. That part of the book got me weep. It was just so beautiful.
5 stars does not do this short story justice. I was moved to tears as I read Julian's story (the bully in Wonder). It's not often that you get to peek into the mind of a bully & their struggles. This story is a must read for not only school age children but adults too. So much to learn!!
I didn't like this book as much as the "Wonder" book itself.
I wonder if the writer only wrote this chapter because readers all over the world were asking for it.
I don't think a writer can write what people want, and get away with it. A writer should write what they want, and the right people will love it.

First of all I don't find the Julian character believable. The way he talk and act is so different from what he does in "Wonder". Like a different person.
I also find the whole nightmare situatio
In an interview I saw, R.J. Palacio was asked why she didn't include Julian's point of view in Wonder, and she said that she didn't want him to have a voice. When we hear someone's story, we feel empathy, and she didn't want that. I wonder if she needed the distance from writing the novel to feel compelled to tell Julian's story. At the beginning of the chapter I didn't think there was going to be redemption since Julian was unlikable as ever. His parents were equally unlikable, especially his m ...more
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I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Children's Publishing and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

5 Stars

I was one of the many people who fell completely in love with the book Wonder, which told the story of a boy who was born with a facial deformity. I fell in love with Auggie as I devoured Wonder in one sitting. In that book, Julian was the bully at the school that made things difficult fo
Julian's voice was missing from Wonder, an absence that I felt. This additional short completes the story for me. I wanted to strangle Julian and his parents at times, but I feel he explains and redeems himself in the end.

I'd love to see this included in future editions of the main book and hope that teachers who have their students read the novel will also have them read the bully's perspective.
The Baking Bookworm
My Review: I cannot stress strongly enough how much I adored R.J Palacio's debut novel, Wonder. Let's just say that I adored it with a capital A. The Julian Chapter is a companion book to Wonder and shows the reader the story from the point of view of Julian, the bully in Wonder.

The Julian Chapter had moments that were touching as well as frustrating but I still didn't feel as emotionally involved in Julian's story as I did with Auggie's. While I liked and enjoyed the book I can't help but feel
I was so happy to finally hear Julian's voice. I loved Wonder, and this is a must-read for fans of that book. I will say that I didn't entirely buy Julian's reasons for being the way he was being (I thought he just enjoyed his power and influence in the school and enjoyed exercising it...period), I appreciated finally hearing his voice. I thought the author did a nice job of letting us hear Julian's chapter, while subtly reminding us that there was no excuse for his behavior. I was pleasantly su ...more
I'm glad that R.J. Palacio decided to write this additional chapter to Wonder. I loved the book, and while it's difficult to hear Julian's side of things, it's also honest and worthwhile. His voice rings true as that of an eleven-year-old boy struggling with his own issues, trying to navigate that transition from childhood into a young adult. It's such a tough age! It also provides insight into Julian's mom and her motivations. It's so easy to write off a "bully" as bad. This chapter shows it's ...more
Depois de "Wonder" em que Auguie é vitima de Bullying por parte de Julian a autora trás-nos este conto com a perspetiva do "mau" da história.

Neste conto ficamos a conhecer a mesma história de Wonder mas pelos olhos de Julian, descobre-se novas coisas que não foram explicadas porque não foram do conhecimento das personagens do livro principal. Percebemos,um pouco pelo Wonder, que os pais de Julian o defendem mesmo tendo o diretor da escola a dizer o que o filho fez a um colega, cegos do filho que
Brilliant. Sobbing my face off. I needed this book as a kid. This is the book that would have helped me understand social dynamics of folks who seem to be blindly doing something cruel. I didn't love Wonder's ending, but I adore this book.
Cami Stivee
I haven't read this yet because it came out 9 days a go but I rated it 5 because I know it's gonna be one of the best anyways, just like wonder was!!!
I thought I could never stand Julian, but I was wrong…

When I read Wonder, I got the impression that Julian was a spoiled kid. I thought his mother was unsympathetic and I was relieved when the middle-school director hinted that he wouldn’t be coming back in the fall.

In The Julian Chapter, we got to see everything from Julian’s perspective. While his parents were supportive, I wouldn’t say they exactly understood what their child was struggling with. I got that Julian’s mom was trying her best to
Enrique Sebert
Ok. Si nunca has leído Wonder o La Lección de August, no sé en dónde has estado o qué has estado haciendo.

Recordemos que August es un niño con una deformidad en la cara por la cual es rechazado a donde quiera que él va y todo se complica cuando sus padres deciden meterlo a una escuela con chicos "normales". El libro de Wonder, se divide en distintos puntos de vista para comprender que la deformación de August no solo lo afecta a él.

El capítulo de Julian nos da una nueva perspectiva de la histo
Benji Martin
Right before the 2013 ALA Midwinter conference, Wonder was getting a LOT of Newbery buzz. If I remember correctly, it sat on top of the Goodreads Newbery 2013 poll for most of the year and no one else was even close. Then January came, and Augie left the Youth Media Awards empty handed without even a Schneider. Even Artemis Fowl got an Odyssey.

While I loved Wonder, and thought it was one of the most important books of the year, I didn't fall in with the crowd that thought it was one of the most
Wonder is hands down one of my favorite books. When i saw this coming out. I was so excited!

When I was reading, I hated Julian, ok well maybe not hate but I disliked him quite a bit. When I read the book, I was a little indifferent towards him, ok whatever, some spoiled kid begging for attention and popularity. When he started going into his perspective of everything though, i started to understand him a bit, i got the feeling he wasnt really a bad person but what he finds funny and thought as
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I’ve approached The Julian Chapter from a slightly different angle than most readers I’d imagine. I haven't read Wonder but now I am completely convinced I want to. The Julian Chapter gives insight into Julian in a way which I imagine was completely impossible to get through Wonder. I know it’s something which is becoming more popular with authors, giving us insight into those characters who did the most unspeakable things and I was reminded instantly of Bully for You by Dawn O’Por
Patricia Rodrigues
Depois de ler "Wonder" parti logo para este conto, narrado sobre a perspectiva de Julian, o "mau" e bully da história.
Aqui ficamos a conhecer um pouco mais sobre Julian, a forma como é mimado e desculpado pelos pais e ainda a forma como estes o educam e o influenciam.
Apesar de continuar a não gostar de Julian, no fim ele conseguiu redimir-se e foi sem dúvida um excelente complemento à história principal. E recomendo a sua leitura após relem o "Wonder".
Susan P
Hopefully by now almost everyone has read Palacio’s amazing debut novel, Wonder. (If you haven’t, and you are in grades 5 and up or you are an adult who works with kids go out and get the book immediately!). This companion novel shows the story from Julian’s point of view. In the first book, Julian is the bad guy - the kid who teases Augie and leaves mean notes in his locker and tries to turn the other students against him. The kid who doesn’t even bother to get to know Augie, but just dislikes ...more
A very lovely and inspiring add.. Great to know about Julian's story! It really made me glad to hear his side. I guess people are truly capable of changing for the better. Genuinely life-changing! Read it.

"Sometimes, it's good to start all over."
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I really liked this little short story. I still don't reply like Julian but he really improved. And his grandmother almost made me cry! She's awesome!!!!
Amy P
Wrapped up very neatly, but I loved it anyway. And a good reminder you never know the other side of the story, and most anyone can change.
Novia Long
Apr 24, 2014 Novia Long marked it as to-read
I liked the book Wonder and I have always been expecting another chapter from Julian the bully's perspective. That will be very interesting to read and now R.J. Palacio actually wrote it, i cant believe this!! wanna read it so badly

“One mistake does not define you.”

Setelah membaca Wonder, rasanya pasti kurang kalau belum menamatkan versi lain ceriya tersebut, dari sudut pandang Julian. Yup, Si pemeran antagonis ini akan bercerita kepada kita mengapa kelakuannya sangat jahat terhadap Augie. Dan setelah membaca buku ini, mau tidak mau saya malu juga karena sudah berprasangka buruk terhadap Julian.

Jadi ketika Julian, Jack dan Charlotte pertama kali akan bertemu Augie, hanya Julian yang benar benar tidak siap dan tidak kenal s
Shane Harcombe
I was unsure about reading this ebook. "Wonder" was such a great book for me, that I didn't feel needed to be added to. I already thought it was a little saccharine and wasn't convinced that we needed an extra chapter that humanized the bad guy and made the book even sweeter. In the end,i only read it because my class begged me to.

I have to say Ms Palacio did it again. Yes we get explanations of why Julian acted the way he did, yes he is humanized a little more, but the story still managed to su
Kindle 1.99 buy. Definitely worth reading if you loved "Wonder." I always like the other side of the story. Some reviewers have complained that Palacio was trying to explain away bad behavior. Explain, yes. Explain away and justify, no. Bullies are almost always wounded humans. That doesn't mean they're not jerks who need a life-style change, but reading a story with the bully's side explained perhaps might make someone reflect a bit about why THEY (the reader) act in certain ways that reflect n ...more
Jennifer Mangler
The story Grandmère tells Julian about her childhood experiences made this totally worth reading. In fact, I re-read the chapters with Grandmère because I so loved how, by reflecting on her life and what she had learned, she was able to help Julian reflect on his own experiences in a way that he had been unable to before. I love that these chapters focus on the power of storytelling: when we share our stories with each other we have the ability to help each other and to grow into better people. ...more
I really enjoyed reading Julian's perspective. His parents irritated me to no end, but were believable. I hope a person like Julian really could feel remorse for his actions. I don't know if it was completely realistic but I loved his Grandmere's story and truly hope it did change him. I'm glad his section took us through the book in its entirety. I am also glad it stayed separate from the book itself so as not to take the focus too far away from August. It is worth reading.
Thanks, NetGalley and Random House Children's! What a great read. This was an all-in-one-sitting read, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I was instantly drawn to the title after reading Wonder and wondering if there had to be more to Julian Albans than met the eye.

There was. And there wasn't. We see what happens when natural human behaviors, like fear, take hold of us, and we see that as humans we're a product of both nature and nurture. And we see, that kids are kids. No, this is not an ex
Just a short story told by the narrator, Julian. It's wonderful! At first I didn't think it could be a five star but by the end it's every bit a 5 star. This is a great supplemental read to Wonder. After reading this, I think R.J. Palacio should write a WWII book for children! Quick easy read with great quotes.
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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 p ...more
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