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The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story | [R.J. Palacio]

The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story

Over one million people have read or listened to and loved Wonder. Now listeners will have a chance to hear from the one of the book's most controversial characters - Julian. From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie's story through six different viewpoints, Julian's perspective was never shared. Fans could only guess what he was thinking. Until now.
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Publisher's Summary

Over one million people have read or listened to and loved Wonder. Now listeners will have a chance to hear from the one of the book's most controversial characters - Julian.

From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the number-one New York Times best seller Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie's story through six different viewpoints, Julian's perspective was never shared. Fans could only guess what he was thinking.

Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully's side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?

©2014 R. J. Palacio (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Bobbie 01-27-15
    Bobbie 01-27-15
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    "Life lesson"

    All youth should read this story! We all need to remember Julian and the sacrifice he made! Wether the book is fiction or not, there were thousands of people like Julian and grand mere in the war. GREAT LIFE LESSON TO ALL!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 04-06-15
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 04-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Good supplement"

    This was a good companion book to Wonder. I enjoyed the grandmother's tale that explains Julian's namesake. The book is really geared toward YA but I think the combination of books (Wonder and The Julian Chapter) can be helpful for kids growing up and for adults who want to talk to their kids. Now, I am not a parent, and the books were thought-provoking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carissa Haston Lewisberry, PA USA 10-15-14
    Carissa Haston Lewisberry, PA USA 10-15-14 Member Since 2014

    I love kids books, true crime stories, and memoirs about people who have overcome incredible challenges or still fight them every day.

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    "Great follow up to Wonder - Julian's perspective"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Julian Chapter?

    Julian's realization of his role in the tough year in fifth grade


    What about Michael Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    Sounds like the way a KidMin that age group would talk


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt good that Julian admitted his role in the bad school year and attempted to make amends with someone he hated


    Any additional comments?

    Great book to follow up wonder about finally accepting the differences of Augie and reaching out to him. Inspiring that he grew up and full of seeking forgiveness and forgiving others.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 04-04-15
    Dave 04-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent, though different: Awful French accent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Julian Chapter the most enjoyable?

    The story line here overlaps partly with the original book, but also makes an interesting departure into the past, which added another dimension to the world of Wonder, and especially to Julian's character, which helped make his transition credible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Julian Chapter?

    The meeting with Tushman and Julian's parents: the mother character is very compelling and got a strong reaction from all listeners in our house.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As a French speaker I can say that the French accent of Grandmere was not even remotely a French accent. Eastern European? No idea where this accent came from. But it makes the book almost unlistenable for anyone who has ever heard French spoken. In fact, some of the mispronunciations are comical, because they result in completely different meanings - e.g., "Je vous faire pipi" instead of "Je veux faire pipi" turns "I want to pee" into "I'm peeing to (or on) you". My hope is that if ever these books are re-recorded, the Julian character will be played by someone who can also muster a decent French accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 03-27-15
    Martha 03-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"

    The narrator was good but the story was only ok. Wonder and a Julian chapter were a lot better. But overall it was goo very good and the story was still really good so kudos to the author.

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    S. Greenwood 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great lessons"

    I am thoroughly entranced with this writer's works and how she incorporates such great life lesson a fantastic story. Highly recommend to anyone.

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    Learning for Life 03-03-15

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    "Best Story I Have Heard in a Long Time"

    Positive: I think that "wonder the Julian chapter" was a very interesting and exiting story because it had some happy and sad/tragic things happening in the story. If you are buying this book I suggest that you should listen to it with your child.I think you should listen to "wonder" first.
    Negative : none WAS SOOO GOOOD

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    Kathryn 02-12-15
    Kathryn 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "11 year old boy and my mom"

    It was a great heart warming story and was really really funny to listen to me and my mom both liked it a lot👍😊🏆😀.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teacher San Francisco, CA USA 07-08-14
    Teacher San Francisco, CA USA 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing sequel"
    Would you try another book from R.J. Palacio and/or Michael Chamberlain?

    I loved Wonder and think that it should be required reading for the entire human race. It is an amazing, powerful book. The Julian Chapter rehashes a lot of the same material without adding much additional insight.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I was unhappy that a younger actor was not chosen for this part. Julian is a 5th grader and the adult male voice detracts from the story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SL 06-15-14
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    "Awesome Follow-up"
    If you could sum up The Julian Chapter in three words, what would they be?

    Five words would sum this story up better than three: Two Sides to Every Story. After hearing Julian's side of the story we see how his bullying behavior was the result of his own issues, and how the parenting he received unintentionally exacerbated the problem. The Julian Chapter underscored the lessons learned in Wonder.


    What does Michael Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was BRILLIANT!! Michael Chamberlain voiced the characters - children and adults, male and female, accented or not – so perfectly! His voice made the story for my family.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments in the story were moving. The ending was especially rewarding.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonder was excellent, but The Julian Chapter made it even better. Augie and Julian's stories are lessons in empathy for children, but perhaps more importantly, for those adults that go to extremes to shield their children from the ugliness that is an inevitable part of growing up and life in general.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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