Forewarning, this review is a spoiler for the overall story (but I don't think it is too much of a spoiler, you can pretty much tell from the publisher's description). "Wonder" is another story of a special needs kid who has a super-talent. This child is extremely smart, strong willed, a good debater, and basically charms his entire school. What is does for special needs kids is pretty much like what "Rainman" did for autism; it increased awareness and maybe some degree of acceptance, but plants this seed that there is always an upside. Most of the time there just isn't. And that isn't a bad thing, it's just realistic. Not all of us have a super-talent, or at least not one that gets recognition. Sometimes there is no cure, no super-power or super-talent for that storybook ending. To enjoy this book you have to want the Hollywood ending.
Probably a children's book, but we can all learn something about being kinder and more sympathetic.
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There is something to learn from everyone. Mr. Tushman gave us laughs and clarified the need for kindness. Augie and the friends he made are an inspiration
I recommend reading this book aloud with your children. We have 3 children ages 6,8 and 10 and we read it as a family and it brought out so many opportunities to discuss things they have dealt with in school or things they have seen. We were able to discuss what is at their heart and how we have the power to influence people positively.
I loved the values of family, friendship, integrity, acceptance and forgiveness and how we all struggle with wanting to be ordinary yet striving to be special but not standing out too much.
When Justin stood up to Julian, Henry and Miles and scared them. He showed such loyalty
Meant to Stand out
What a wonderful story. We've listened this book at least three times. A great car trip listen with the whole family. Good take away life lessons for kids and adults.
Wonder was an excellent book abut bravery in the face of adversity, and Palacio did an excellent job translating Auggies story to readers!! I can't wait to read it with my 6th grade students!!!
This is an excellent performance of a great story. It allowed me to have some great conversations with my kids about how they are treated and how they treat others.
This is a great story for young adults and old adults too. Great lessons learned about friendships and the way we treat others.
Loved how it was told through so many eyes.
Well written with great characters and a lovely story it made me sad mad and mostly happy the book is fun to listen to in the car and while I'm bored and had nothing to do I hope to read more books by this author