Wonder

Wonder

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Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375869020
0375869026
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 315 pages ;,22 cm

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Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as ... Read More »

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as ... Read More »

An exploration of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness.

Read about main character Auggie's struggles and triumphs as he navigates fifth grade and attending public school for the first time. This novel contains memorable characters and events. Lexile 790. Also available in print.


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blue_panda_4979
Nov 13, 2020

This book is so amazing! I loved it so much! I don't mean to be cheesy but very few books and movies make me cry and this is one of them!🥺😢

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Bushra_20
Sep 28, 2020

August “Auggie” Pullman has had 27 surgeries to correct facial anomalies he was born with, but he still has a face that has earned him such cruel nicknames as Freak, Freddy Krueger, Gross-out and Lizard face. His facial features look like they’ve been melted, like the drippings on a candle. When August begins middle school, he is nervous because he cannot even walk down the school corridor without being the subject of stares and cruelty. This book gives a realistic look at the frankly brutal reality. It manages to be about a person with an unlucky and rare syndrome, who we love not out of sympathy but out of love for him. Auggie may be finding his place in the world, but that world must find a way to make room for him, too. Indeed this is a memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 12, 2020

“Wonder” by R.J Palacio is about a 10 year boy born with a facial deformity that and the challenges he experiences when enrolled in a public school. August Pullman is enrolled into a public school after his parents decide that it would be best for him. He was previously home schooled.He experiences the same issues as most kids do like bullying and making friends although these challenges are magnified due to his facial deformity. This story also does a great job showing the viewpoints of others that were the closest to August like his sister, and friends. This helps tell the story and helps us understand what others feel like that are around him. It can also help us understand what family members of children with disability’s feel and how they are affected by it. August with the support of his family and friend, overcomes the challenges of middle school and has a successful first yer of middle school as well as getting new friends This book shows us why it is important to have dignity and respect for others even if they have a disability or a re different than us. A great read to understand the lives of others and how we affect others through decisions that we make towards others. 10/10
@Sportsreader03 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

“Wonder”, written by R. J. Palacio, is an extremely heart touching and eye opening book. Auggie Pullman is an ordinary boy, but was born with a different face, and faces many problems in society because of that. Up until Grade 5, Auggie did not attend a regular public school because he was worried about how others would treat him, and when he did build up enough courage to finally go to school, his classmates just wouldn’t stop judging him by his face. By reading this book, you can almost see what it feels like when you get bullied for something you can’t control, because most of this book is written in Auggie’s perspective. This book really teaches the readers a lesson to be kind and to not discriminate against anyone for the way they look, or for anything else that someone can’t control about themselves. Along with being educational, this book is also very entertaining, and I would recommend it to all audiences. I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5.
@Rose of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I'm a big fan of movies and would much rather watch a movie over reading a book (I only read books If I have to). I came across the movie Wonder and really fell in love with the description of the movie so I gave it a try, this movie ended up being one of my all-time favorites! The fact that this movie impacted me so much it made me want to try out the book, I read the book and it gave me an even deeper connection to the movie and in fact, I liked the book more. I've read it more than once and will most likely read it again because the moral of this story is very important. This book could spike a few triggers for people but if you look into it before you read it you should be able to figure out if it is for you or not. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a read you can connect with and feel, I also recommend this book to people who may not like to read as much as they like movies. I rate this book a 5/5.
@moviefan of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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eliram493
Aug 25, 2020

Palacio’s Wonder is a wonderful book of coming-of-age. Auggie, a boy with multiple face deformations due to complications in his birth, has been homeschooled his whole life. He’s been relatively sheltered from other people seeing him and interacting with him. However, it will all change when he decides to attend school for his 5th grade. Will he be able to make it through the year? Or will he succumb to the weird looks and mean names that other kids call him? I would highly recommend it!

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blue_dog_49470
Aug 25, 2020

I loved this book so amazing. My favorite characters are Summer Auggie and jack definitely 5 stars

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Lucas__67
Aug 17, 2020

This talks about August Pullman, a child who wants to be normal but isn't to the normal human eye as he has a very special type of facial deformation which has affected him and his family. But in his family's eyes, he's the most extraordinary kid in the world. Even though he gets bullied, but at the end he gets the things he dreamed to become true! (I'm not gonna spoil it ;) Ha)

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 06, 2020

The main character of 'Wonder' is a boy who was born with facial disfigurement, his name is August Pullman. He has to learn how to survive at his new middle school, and cope with the outside world. His friends are Charlotte, Jack and Summer. August is a kind, shy boy. Isabel, August's mother, is kind, caring, and is very patient with him. She was once a children book illustrator, but stopped her work to care for August when he was born. I really like this book, it is a tearjerker. This novel is unique in exploring the difficulties that many people with physical deformities have when interacting with the outside world. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wouldn't mind a coming of age story. @Subsub of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that it was very meaningful, and was able to express a lot of important messages in an engaging and entertaining way, which makes it more interesting to younger readers. The characters were all very well developed, which definitely added more authenticity to the story line. I liked how there were different narrators in the book, as well, which gave further insight into each character’s life, struggles, and personalities. I appreciated all of its messages of acceptance, and think that this would be a great book for anyone to read and learn from. 4/5 stars @PenelopeScriptor of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The book called Wonder is a story about 11 year old August Pullman who doesn’t have a normal looking face. He has a rare medical facial deformity, which he refers to as “mandibulofacial dysostosis“, more commonly known as Treacher Collins syndrome as well as a cleft palate. He was homeschooled by his mother until the fifth grade. The book begins with August's parents deciding to send him to a private school called Beecher Prep. The story revolves around what difficulties Auggie (August) faces in school. I would give this book five stars and consider it to be equally as good for boys and girls ages 9+. It has some mature topics but most kids could relate to Auggie's feelings and concerns. I think that Wonder deserves to be an international bestseller as it will hook everyone who reads it. It is a bold, brilliant book that is well worth reading by anyone who is prepared to be amazed and can appreciate a good literature. @GymGirl of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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indigo_dog_1227
Jul 30, 2020

great book

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Anika_Singh
Jul 24, 2020

August may look different than everyone else, but inside he is just a normal kid. A normal kid who has been homeschooled his whole life because of the many surgeries that he needed to have. A normal kid who gets stared at wherever he goes. A normal kid who just wants to fit in.

When August starts to go to a real middle school, his world turns upside down. He deals with bullies, relationships, friends, and doing what's right.

A wonderfully written book that will have you sobbing at times and rolling on the floor laughing at others. Very authentic and relatable characters. It's a thought-provoking story that shows you different perspectives and ways of thinking.

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kyang_91
Jul 19, 2020

Born with facial deformities, August “Auggie” Pullman had always tried to fit in. When his parents enrolled him for school, he became terrified of the aspect of interacting with other students. He eventually meets a boy named Jack and they quickly become friends. Through a series of inner familial problems, a potential betrayal by Auggie’s best friend, and a physical assault at a nature camp, Palacio shows readers the significance of perseverance, inner strength, and fitting-in through Auggie. This novel also shows the importance of virtues such as anti-bullying and acceptance through a middle-school child’s eyes, which is what makes this so appealing to children because they can connect to Auggie more.

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Nov 13, 2020

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Oct 01, 2020

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eliram493
Aug 25, 2020

eliram493 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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kyang_91
Jul 19, 2020

kyang_91 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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gurleen03
Jul 01, 2020

gurleen03 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Mr_Asian__jr
Aug 27, 2019

Mr_Asian__jr thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 99

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anaberesac
Mar 11, 2019

anaberesac thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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black_cat_5066
Dec 23, 2018

black_cat_5066 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

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Nov 11, 2018

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Ana89_0
Dec 09, 2019

When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.

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white_wolf_1506
Jan 03, 2019

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”

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black_cat_5066
Dec 23, 2018

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

PimaLib_JeanSC Jun 01, 2017

"Let's face it, the universe was not kind to Auggie Pullman." -- Miranda

And still Auggie was able to face the world -- not always an easy thing for him, but he carries it out with intelligence and humor.

The movie is due out in November.

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khan_sohaib
Jan 18, 2017

"Don't try too hard to be cool. It always shows and that's uncool"- Amos

sanamg Dec 27, 2016

"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."

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jmli
Oct 22, 2016

"Don't judge a boy by his face."

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LifeLoverSam
Jul 18, 2016

"I don't think we can teach empathy , but we can inspire it ."
- R.J Palacio

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blue_dog_11984
Jul 09, 2016

"All you need is love"

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natalia1001
Jun 23, 2016

Auggie, you are a wonder, my wonder.

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yose_0
Mar 12, 2019

I would rate this book a 100/100 this book is really and sad at the same time. If you pay attention to the book then this book will make you cry. The author makes you reflect on how you treat other people. What i liked about this book is that you can reflect on how you treat other people and act with people just like you and different then you. That you should be careful on what you say and act because words/actions hurt you know especially if you are different. I didn’t dislike anything of this book i loved reading these types of books sad and emotional. I would recommend this book to my godsister she is like me we enjoy these types of books that make you reflect and make you a better person. A little boy that is ten years old and he’s not like the other ten years old like him. The main character is August "Auggie" Pullman. Auggie has something called facial deformity. And the following characters are
Via Pullman. ...
Isabel Pullman. ...
Nate Pullman. ...
Jack Will. ...
Summer Dawson. ...
Julian Albans. ...
Mr. Tushman.
READ THE BOOK!!!!!

peachee7012 Mar 17, 2018

It is about a 5th grader named August "Auggie" who has a facial difference and has been home-schooled for most of his young life. He gets enrolled at a middle school for 5th grade and wants nothing more than to feel normal. Instead Auggie gets bullied for his appearance from his peers and along the way you hear from not only Auggie, but from others who are around him begin to wonder what it means to have empathy and compassion. What it means to be a friend, how to accept your friend, but mostly how to be just "act a little kinder than necessary - the world would be a better place".

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uddamgill
May 04, 2017

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CheesecakeLo
Jun 23, 2016

Wonder

A boy named August is homeschooled because he was born with a distorted face. In Grade 5 he goes to school for the first time and makes new friends. And enemies....

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Bahar_23
Jun 23, 2016

August Pullman has facial deformations he was born with. His childhood consisted of many surgeries and hospital visits. But once he reaches the fifth grade, he starts school at Beecher Prep after being homeschooled his whole life. He encounters many different people, like Julian who isn't the nicest to Auggie. The story is written from many different points of view, including students from Auggies school, his older sister, Olivia and her friends, exploring different opinions on the situation.

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trin0707
Aug 29, 2015

In this book we follow August as he goes to school for the first time in Grade 5. When August was born, he was born with a facial deformity. Because of this he has never gone to school. You will also be reading about the people around him and their journeys.

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ginbubs
Aug 02, 2015

12 year old Auggie Pullman is anxious to start school for the first time. His face is deformed, which makes everything a lot harder. Will Auggie be able to get through the year and make friends, despite what he looks like on the inside?

ddurkin0726 Jul 13, 2015

A sad book about a boy who is disabled

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a_rudy13
Jul 10, 2015

August Pullman is a boy with rare facial problems. As he enters school for the first time at Beecher prep, he meets new friends and gets teased about and bullied just because of his facial deformities. Wonder is an example of the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover". Read it to find out more about his journey.

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theranger_strider
Jul 09, 2015

Great book teaching children about the reality of life. Love it!

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kristen555
Jan 02, 2019

Other: DONT USE THE WORD retarded AT ALL

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mmterry
Apr 12, 2018

Other: People who think retarded is a bad word are retarded

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angeliquelong
Jun 22, 2017

Other: Used the word "retarded" as an insult.

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