R. J. Palacio
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The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has captivated over 1 million readers and inspired a movement to choose kind.
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
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Be sure to look for R.J. Palacio's upcoming Pluto: A Wonder Story on sale this February!
From the Hardcover edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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This book is amazing!! It is told from different characters points of view, which I ❤. It just the right amount of sadness and happiness. I would reccomend this book to any one, not just teens and tweens, but for people of all ages.
When I first read the sample, I thought it would be an okay novel so I took the chance and tried the book. I was in love with it every minute a word was seen with my eyes. The story was cute, with different perspectives, and I think you'll enjoy it a lot. ;)
A beautifully simple tale and yet a page turner from the first sentence. I really do put it on par with "To Kill A Mockingbird" or "The Adventures of Huck Finn." "Wonder" shares with those great books the simple voice of young narrators, and the earnestness of those characters gives them a special insight and ability to talk about the timeless truths of what really matters and what it means to be a good person.
I'm better for having read this book, and I'm so thankful I heard about this book on NPR.
- Category: Fiction
- Published: Feb 14, 2012
- Publisher: Random House Children's Books
- Seller: Random House, LLC
- Print Length: 320 Pages
- Language: English