This was the first novel that I have ever listened to 5 times!!!! It is expertly crafted and the characters connect just like lego pieces...each event is developed into a 3-D experience from the characters' differing viewpoints of single events. Palacio is an artist by how she accomplished this without boring the reader/listener. Instead, the audience becomes capitivated by August Pulman and his family and friends. Life's lessons are highlighted but not in a preachy way....rather in a true to life way. You learn them through the lives of children. This book will live as a classic...one to keep and share with the generations, highlighting humanities dark side but illuminating the good in all of us!
My daughter and I listened to this book together and found it quite compelling. The story is told through the perspectives of various characters and the narration really brings the whole thing to life. Very well done.
Out of my Mind
The story of a boy and his face
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Wonder is a book I would not have picked up on my own. In general I like young adult (teen), but do not read a lot of middle grade fiction.
But more importantly, the description discouraged me from wanting to get started. Another book about a sick kid that changes the way people think about the world.
This was a book about a kid that changes the way people think about the world, but it was a very good one.
Ten-year-old August (Auggie) is going to school for the first time. It is 5th grade and a new middle school. August has been homeschool prior to this because of the many surgeries to try and repair his body.
The first section of the book is all narrated by August. And had it stopped there, this would have been a good book about how people can feel bad when they are mistreated. Or maybe even a good book about how a kid can overcome adversity.
What makes Wonder a great book, is the book changes narration throughout the school year. His best friend at school, the girl that first reached out to him at school, his sister, his sister’s boyfriend, his sister’s best friend, and then August again. The change in voice allows us to see that while August has facial deformities that make his life difficult, the love of his parents, his friends and other things make his life good.
Other characters may have good external lives, but miss out on family, or love, or support, or kindness in ways that may harm them as well.
If there is a complaint about this, it is that it is hard not to compare the levels of harm. Are August’s facial deformities worse than a parent neglecting a child? Can they even really be compared?
There is never really a question about how the book will go. This is middle grade fiction. August will overcome, others kids will come to see their mistakes of judging him by his appearance. August will be one of those extraordinary children that learns from his difficulty and achieves a sort of greatness.
But this really is a good book. It would make great book to discuss with your child about differences between people, about taking responsibility for yourself, about caring for those that need help.
WONDER made me feel a wide range of emotions. I'm a parent, so naturally it pulled on my heartstrings and think what I would do if I had a child in August's situation. I'm someone who was bullied as a kid (though for reasons far less significant than August's), so I reflected on my own experience and how it shaped my adulthood. Overall, I loved the message of choosing kindness, and can only hope my own daughter follows that message as she grows up and befriends people from all walks of life.
There are too many, you are drawn into the character August "Auggie" and his life. I really don't want to give too much away, but he has physical disabilities that make him look incredibly scary to many. This is more than a book about not being a bully... But a book about kindness and friendship. I would give this book a standing ovation!
Auggie and Via
I hope this moves to the top picks for kids! My daughter and I loved it! So fun to listen and follow along with Audible... Truly feel like you are there with Auggie, Via, and so on.
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
There not a lot of books I have been completely WOW'ed by. And I don't read that many children books too! But this children's book WOW'ed! me. I love every single thing about it. The story of 5th grader Auggie who was born with a major facial deformity is told with so much care, love and tenderness that I don't know where to begin.
There are so many real and true story lines in this book. When a family is confronted with caring for a special needs child there are good days and completely bad days. The author wrote this book as if she was the mother of that family. When a child with special needs is enrolled and attends a regular school there are issues of bullying, kindness or lack of kindness among the kids and not to mention the parents of those kids. All of those issues and so many more are addressed by the author, R.J. Palacio with nothing short of thoughtfulness. I love how the book is told from Auggies point of view and then later you get a chance to hear the same situation from the point of view of the other kids involved. Nothing short of PERFECT because each supporting character has so much to add to the story and they are very well written.
BRAVO! To the narrators of this audiobook. You all did an outstanding job.
I have to say to you guys...I cried at the end of this book. It has a great ending and I don't think it could have ended any other way.
This book should be required reading to middle school kids all over the world.
This has to be by far my most favorite book this year.
Hands Down A Five Star Read!
"I think there should be a rule, that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives" ~August from "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio
Yes. Listening to this type of book over and over again is not so boring.
August itself. He's charming being and his family. Love every inch of this audiobook!
Yes, why not?
Please, create more books/audiobooks like this! It's a heart warning story that you'll surely love and treasure!
The narrator that did the voice for Auggie really annoyed me. I would have preferred a normal voice to a pretend little kid voice. She sounded like a baby. It was very distracting.
Overall the book was OK. Not the best YA I've read. There is a good message there. It is not a book that crosses into "So good adults will love it too" in my opinion. For YA it was pretty good. For adults reading YA it was OK.