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Author: R. J. Palacio
ISBN-13: 9780552565974
ISBN-10: 0552565970
Publication Date: 1/3/2013
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3.2 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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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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This was recommended to me in an airport in Paris, as I was quickly looking for something to read on the trip home. I didn't realize until partway through that it is probably geared towards a younger reader, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was the perfect length for the flight.
The story is about a boy dealing with significant challenges as he enters middle school - hard for anyone new to a school - but, as the cover says, "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out". This is a remarkable story about courage, cruelty, compassion, empathy, bittersweet love, laughter and choosing to be kind, which is always the right choice.
As a teacher and parent of a child who is "different", I would recommend it to all, but especially for students in 5th grade and up (perhaps younger, depending on the reader), parents and siblings of a special child, and those who know what it takes to be a real friend, regardless of what others may think.

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