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Wonder
Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio
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 fifth 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 extraordinary face. But can he convince his new clas...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375873065
ISBN-10: 0375873066
Publication Date: 2/12/2013
Pages: 320
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3.4 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Yearling
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 77
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Helpful Score: 4
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio is considered a children's book but really, it's a book everyone should read. It is the story of a boy named Auggie who is born with physical malformations that have required numerous surgeries over the course of his ten years of life. Still, he doesn't look like other kids and this book gives us a glimpse at not only how he deals with this issue, but how others in his family and some of his friends do as well. It is a charming book, so well written with great characters and realistic outcomes. It's a book that I think changes people--it certainly changed me. My eleven year old son read it as well and really liked it. It deals with pretty heavy issues so I won't recommend it to children who struggle with that sort of thing, but otherwise, I'd suggest it to anyone. This isn't Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It's an amazing story about an amazing kid and those who share his journey. Easily one of my all-time favorite books.
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I have been wanting to read this for awhile and when my son begged me to buy it for him the beginning of the summer I did. My 10 year old son ended up loving it and was eager for me to read it as well. This was an excellent read that I enjoyed a lot. It was very engaging and very well written!

The book is told in sections and each section is told by a different person involved in Auggie's life. Auggie's severe facial deformities have made life challenging for him to put it mildly and they affect everyone from his family to his friends.

I loved Auggie; he has a positive attitude, is able to poke fun at himself, and is incredibly smart. That's not to say he's perfect; he struggles a lot with things and sometimes assumes the worst of people because of his experiences.

This was a very heart-warming and humorous story about kids that look past Auggie's appearance and give him a chance as a friend. It also takes an interesting look at how everyone around him is affected by either being related to him or choosing to be his friend.

This is a story that leaves you feeling absolutely happy and amazed at the end; it's just very engaging and inspiring. I had a really hard time putting it down and understood completely why my son loved it so much.

Overall this was an amazing read and I would recommend everyone read it. There's a lot of food for thought packed into this engaging, humorous, and inspiring story. It's very readable and engaging and I enjoyed it thoroughly!
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I really wasnt sure what to expect with this book, but I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed it.

Wonder is a rare book. It takes on an incredibly difficult subject (the severe facial deformity of a 10-year-old boy) and makes that story applicable to adults and children alike. It is a book that begs to be discussed, and it offers a wide range of topics for book clubs, classrooms, and the family dinner table.

Adults will find it to be a deceptively easy read, and younger readers should find themselves challenged by the actions of their peers. The majority of the book is just the same story being told again from a different characters perspective. While this adds depth for more advanced readers, it might pose a challenge to younger ones.

In all, I found this to be an incredibly honest and thought-provoking book. It struck that difficult balance between saying too much or not enough, and it is able to challenge the reader on multiple levels. I would highly recommend this book for anyone ages 5th grade and up.

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