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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
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May 01, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens, fiction, novel, reviewed, 1-also-at-lt, dogs, nyc
Recommended to Lisa by: Annalisa
Read from November 11 to 21, 2014

I loved this story. It would have been a favorite of mine when I was 10/9-11.

I finally got to it because of a recommendation from Izzy; I’m so glad that it didn’t languish forever on my to read list, as do most of my “to read” books.

I loved August’s voice so much that at first I was disappointed when another voice/several characters’ voices started narrating the story. However, I ended up really appreciating the multiple perspectives. All of the kids’ points of view are done perfectly, both the fifth graders and the ninth graders.

I had heard that there was one, and I could tell ahead of time what the sad animal moment would be, but at 10 I might not have seen it coming.

The story is very touching, and very funny, and very sweet. The ending was not my favorite, but that’s okay; it worked well enough, and I appreciated why it ended the way it did.

I have some theories about one of the characters who wasn’t given a voice, and I see that there is a published short story told from his point of view, but this book was so perfectly put together that I don’t know that I have much interest in reading it.

I enjoyed seeing all the precepts included at the end of the book.

This is a great book about bullying, being kind, doing the right thing, being courageous, good teaching, friendship and family, and I respected how it didn’t talk down to kids. I remember having these same kinds of deep conversations and thoughts when I was the age of Auggie and his classmates, and I think most readers around age 10 will identify with this group of kids. I also think that this could be a life-altering book for some young readers. And, it was simply a fun read and hard to put down. Very engaging.
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Lisa Vegan Probably best read after you read the book, there are some interesting thoughts of the author on her website, including: http://rjpalacio.com/annotations.html


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Laura Definitely need to read this soon. Thanks Lisa, for the article (The Week) and your review.


Lisa Vegan Laura wrote: "Definitely need to read this soon. Thanks Lisa, for the article (The Week) and your review."

It's a great book, Laura.

I'll be eager to read what you think after you read it.


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Laura Also seems a v timely read.

Ill let you know.


Lisa Vegan Laura wrote: "Also seems a v timely read.

Ill let you know."


Thanks.


Donna Wonderful review, Lisa. I’m glad you enjoyed this book, too. There are so many good things to like about it.


message 7: by Lisa (last edited Jan 16, 2018 11:06PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lisa Vegan Donna wrote: "Wonderful review, Lisa. I’m glad you enjoyed this book, too. There are so many good things to like about it."

Thanks! Donna, It's a great book. The author has done some interesting interviews. Just FYI in case you ever want to read them and some are probably video too.


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