Going to a new school is always hard, especially if you have to be the new kid in a middle school, but for Augie it is even more difficult than that. August has never attended school before; he has been home-schooled because he could not attend consistently since he was busy having so many surgeries.
He had to have surgeries because he was born with several different facial malformations. His face does not look like everyone else’s; he is used to being around people who know him and love him, but to suddenly find himself in a school with a bunch of adolescents he doesn’t know is pretty scary. He is not sure if he will find a place to fit in, and if everyone will get to know who he is beyond his outward appearance.
Who is the real Augie and can he manage to get known for something other than his unusual face?
If you enjoy reading books about kids who overcome obstacles, you might also enjoy Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erksine, Anything But Typical, by Nora Raleigh Baskin, or Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper.
Mom to 2 girls
The whole family has enjoyed this book. The many pov make for good discussions. Wish there was pov of one of parents. I recommend for family listening.
One of the most inspiring stories I've ever heard. Its reality at its peak. Its definitely a book i would recommend to any and every one. So many wonderful lessons to be learned through this beautiful young man! Being and staying humble is one!
I bought this as my first audio book when I lost my voice for a couple of weeks. I was reading Wonder with my fourth grade students as a read-aloud and thus needed some tech help at that time. We absolutely loved the performance and the different voices for the different perspectives. My students were absolutely enthralled with the story and the narrators. I love it because I can focus on teachable moments and observing the children's reactions as they listen, needing only to pause the recording to talk about something important. Very impressed and excited to continue my journey into audio books for my students and myself!
I loved the beautiful, honest, truthful storytelling. I felt the character's thoughts and actions were well developed as children on the cusp of adulthood.
The standing ovations---at Oliva's play and at August's graduation.
Yes. The only problem with the narration was the way August's character was voiced. He sounded much younger than he was. Overall, the narration was very good!
Yes, I laughed and I cried. I finished the book yesterday, and I am still emotionally engaged with it!
A great read, for adults and young adults. This book has encouraged me to live my life with more kindness.
This book ranks pretty high for one of the best stories I've listened to.
There are several voices that read for different characters in the book.
This book should be a must read for all young adults and ADULTS. The thought of kindness around every corner would be a dream!
Say something about yourself!
I have to admit that when I first started listening, the narrator's interpretation of Augie's voice wa a little hard to get used to. But the narrator hit just the right note, because a kid with a severe facial deformity WOULD have trouble speaking. In retrospect, this was perfect because it gave me a hint of the feeling other characters have upon meeting Augie. His face makes people uncomfortable--to say the least.
I found this masterful book after reading a NY Times rave review. I work in the YA market, so I need to stay current with the best books. Although this is supposed to be a middle grade novel, I'm giving it out to many of my adult friends for Christmas.
The characters, each and every one, are so beautifully realized. You will root for Augie, this very funny, very cool, but very damaged kid. You will love the unlikely friends he makes and boo for his villainous enemies. You will love the way Augie wins people over.
Parents might be interested to know that, unlike many of today's popular middle grade and YA fiction, the parents in this book are caring, dedicated parents. They aren't drunk, they aren't on drugs, they aren't brain-dead. I loved how they struggle to do their best for both their teenage daughter as well as for Augie, who naturally soaks up most of the attention.
I have given this book to a fifth grader, who devoured it. I've given it to a junior in high school, who devoured it. I cannot wait until the next RJ Palacio book comes out.
Well, I have to admit, it's an easy one: you will fall in love with the main character, Augie, an extremely ugly duckling who will never turn into a swan. You love him for the strides he boldly takes in a world that idealizes beauty.
Having said that, I also fell in love with Augie's sister, his wise principal, and all the friends who love him from the start--and those who learn the true meaning of beauty at the end.
I laughed a lot in this book. Palacio "gets" fifth graders and teens. I never cried, but I do recall a few times when I had that smile on my face, the one that's just before you cry because you're happy.
Buy this book. Give it to your friends. Give it to your parents. Give it to your siblings. Give it to you mailman. This is a wonderful, wonderful book! It's about a fifth grader--but this is a book for every age.
Wonder is truly a wonder of a book. I got the book for my 10 year old son and read it on his recommendation. I urge you to give the book to your children or children you know, and to listen to it yourself. You'll find yourself rooting for August and his friends, and experiencing the heartache of pre-adolescence along with them. My only issue is that while many of August's experiences rang true, it felt almost too easy for him to find his place in middle school. Even so, the characters were so compelling that I found myself connecting with not only August and his friends, but with his parents, teachers and other minor characters.
This audiobook was read by several different readers. The emotion and personality of each character was made all the more real by their amazing readings.
I have not read the print version but I felt the narrators added a lot of depth to the story. I would guess that I like the audio version better.
I thought the narration of Auggie's character was just marvelous. I really appreciated how well he was portrayed. I felt like I knew him personally.
Absolutely I wanted to listen to this all in one sitting. I couldn't wait to commute to work to listen to it.