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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
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Feb 21, 12


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 seemed a straw man or someone pontificating a moral. There were moments when I was brought to tears, but they were genuine moments, not a one felt overly sacharine or manipulative. Nothing, in fact, is the slightest bit manipulative in this book.

Nicely done indeed.



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message 4: by Monica (last edited Feb 11, 2012 11:02AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Monica Edinger Definitely took a while, but it clicked for me at some point (maybe it was my mood) and I really then enjoyed it wholeheartedly. The characters, particularly some of the secondary kid characters, seemed much more authentic than I find to be usually the case in such school stories. Would love to hear what you think.


Alison I was skeptical about this one too, Monica, but WOW was I ever won over!


Ellen I have been VERY reluctant to read this book--as is evidenced by the fact of my just now reading it! However, I find it to be truthful and compelling.


message 1: by K (new) - rated it 5 stars

K I agree. So many middle grade novels are so predictable and flat. This is a pretty miraculous work that I will share with my sixth grade students.


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