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Wonder | [R. J. Palacio]

Wonder

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles for Ages 8-12, 2013

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

©2012 R. J. Palacio (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Wonder is a book with such a big, wide heart - it shows how we are all fragile, imperfect, and perfectly beautiful creatures. A wonderful novel by a wonder of a writer!” (Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender, Before We Were Free, Finding Miracles, and the Tía Lola Stories)

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    Regina-Audible USA 05-08-14
    Regina-Audible USA 05-08-14 Member Since 2008

    Audible editor and data evangelist. Lover of fiction, classics, celebrity memoirs, and quirky teen novels.

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    "Everyone deserves a standing ovation at least once"

    This book warmed my heart. Auggie's character is honest and loveable, showing courage and perception well beyond his years. Wonder develops through the viewpoints of multiple characters - each captured through a unique and fitting voice - adding depth and personality to a beautifully written story of family, friendship, acceptance, and the never-ending struggle to fit in.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-05-13
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Beautiful Story"

    This is a beautiful story. An amazing story for any youth to read. It could also teach a lot of adults a thing or two about empathy as well.

    I really like how a boy so 'ugly', could spread so much joy and love. Amazing overall.

    However, I must say that the choice to have the boy's voice read in a raspy whisper was an absolutely TERRIBLE choice. Why wouldn't they just use a normal young sounding male? It was extremely annoying, and it made him sound like a whiny baby. The writing wasn't bad at all, but the narration was just dreadful.

    Kate Rudd was amazing as always, and she saved the entire book for me. 5 star for her. 1 star for the other. 3 star overall.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    revbeamer ohio 01-19-13
    revbeamer ohio 01-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "And adults can like it too!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I was prepared for another "kid bullied, kid triumphs" kind of story. This was much more nuanced. Auggie brings out the best in those who are open to it, while those who aren't become ever more isolated and stuck. Love wins.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The performance kept my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    The intonation of the mother was sometimes too patronizing or condescending. The sister was dead on. Auggies voice reflects impairment, but could become too grating in long spells. None of it was enough to keep me from recommending the book in any form to many friends. Thinking about making it a reading project for my confirmation class!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 09-07-13
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Excellent way to teach differences... and sameness"

    As an adult who works extensively with developmentally and physically disabled children and adults... I applaud this book. Simply but beautifully told account of Auggie, who with his facial anomalies leaves the cocoon of homeschooling to attend 5th grade. Well rounded point of views help the reader to understand how this disability affects friends, siblings, parents and teachers. Uplifting, clean read with a few sad spots and some really funny parts too. Nicely done!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dog Friend Sycamore, IL, United States 08-12-13
    Dog Friend Sycamore, IL, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read!

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    "Amazing!"

    If a teen (or anyone) reads Thirteen Reasons Why and is feeling like suicide is an option for severe depression, that person needs to read Wonder. Auggie shows amazing bravery and strength all through this story. He has to deal with so much fear, anger, rejection, and ridicule all because of something completely outside of his control. He has friends and family who come alongside him and support him throughout his experiences. The ending was extremely positive for all of the involved characters!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Saint Paul, MN, United States 04-17-13
    Sara Saint Paul, MN, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2008

    I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.

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    "LOVE this BOOK"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wonder to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to this book so I cannot judge but the audio book was fabulous.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    August of course. What a courageous soul. He makes you want to do better for others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love when his classmates come to his rescue in the woods. That was a very powerful moment.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    August the boy who taught others to be humane.


    Any additional comments?

    Super book for girls and boys. My reluctant reader of a nephew (13) read the book and loved it. It has something for everyone and gives you great perspective.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen United States 08-13-12
    Ellen United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"
    Where does Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks as one of the most listened to in our household, adults and children.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augie, for sure. He's honest, resilient and funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name. Some scenes are painful but the characters and readers make the story very listenable. The hero of this story is just so darn human and like able.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Probably something from the great quotes they use to begin each section.


    Any additional comments?

    Have listened to this story multiple times and will many more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allyson Bellaire, TX, United States 02-25-14
    Allyson Bellaire, TX, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, poor narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes-it's a great story for all ages, but I would not recommend the audible version. The narration for August was so irritating that I skipped those portions and read those on Kindle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the different viewpoints of all of the characters and their experiences of life with August.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration for August was very distracting. Maybe they were trying to help the reader experience some of the aspects of August's differences through audio, since we don't have a complete visual idea of how he looks; however, that is where our imaginations step in.


    Did Wonder inspire you to do anything?

    I am a Speech Pathologist and daily work with children who do not fit "within the norm," but even then, I don't always have a true understanding of what life at home is like for the families of the children with whom I work. This book helped to give me more of an appreciation for the family dynamics, but most of all, I loved that the message of the book is not to feel sorry for August or his family. Many families with children with special needs would prefer others to understand that they have come to accept this as their "new normal" with a loved and valued child.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-02-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "A lot of Heart & Saccharin"

    This is a very positive story with heart and love and friendship, family and community, fear and courage, hugs and kisses, dogs, and an uplifting ending. It is heartwarming, yet ultimately quite hollow. Stories that deeply move people, and make a real difference, must possess balance, with realistic fear or pain or loss to make the positive aspects truly powerful. This is a written for a young audience, but that does not justify saccharin. Kids can appreciate, and actually need, this balance.

    There was one brief interlude by the character Miranda that borders on some realistic balance. I wish the rest of the book had the real heart glimpsed in these few pages.

    I had hoped this would be a powerful, moving, and transformative story; instead it is a simplistic positive story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Moren Kansas City, MO USA 04-07-13
    A. Moren Kansas City, MO USA 04-07-13 Member Since 2008

    texas mommie

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    "OK Overall"
    Would you try another book from R. J. Palacio and/or the narrators?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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