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Wonder Audiobook

Wonder

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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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    valia 04-04-16
    valia 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    I know what it's like to be treated lesser than. I wonder if this is a true story. I was disfigured after a fire so I empathize so much with August. You will be moved by his courage.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 03-30-16
    Victoria 03-30-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Wondrously Amazing!"

    Wonderful message at any age! Characters are perfect. All of my grandchildren will get a copy of this book. Thank you Ms Palacio for giving us this timely story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 03-24-16
    Dennis 03-24-16 Member Since 2002
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    "Everyone should read this"

    Good book to teach us all about acceptance, judging and loving yourself. Great book for everyone. Easy read.

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    Tony E. 03-22-16
    Tony E. 03-22-16 Member Since 2014

    I am not really great with reviews since I like everything and suspend reality quickly but I do it anyways. Umpire and classic books yay

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    "A poignant lesson for our world today"
    Where does Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great listen. 8 hours went by way too quickly, as I finished this in 24 hours.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonder?

    The last chapter is incredible. As a parent of a special needs child who has been in the situation of receiving recognition, I couldn't help but cry tears of joy.


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

    I laughed, I cried. I invested myself in the lives of the people who tell the story and wish I could continue living through their eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    "When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind."

    I have always been a fan of the stories where it is told by multiple people to get different perspectives to get the whole story and R.J. Palacio does this extremely well. While the main character, Auggie, starts and ends the book with his narrative, in between are different characters who play major parts in furthering his story and showing the change that happens when kindness becomes a part of life.

    This story is about a child with severe facial deformity and his first year of school as a 5th grade middle schooler. I've always felt Middle School is the most cruel place on earth, something the book portrays well.

    This book fleshes out the characters to the point that I was able to see myself in the parts. My insecurities portrayed in Auggie, my meanness and judgement of those different than I am in Julian, my apathy in the lives of the kids who stood on the sidelines, and my compassion in Summer and Jack. I feel I would be a better person if I live more like Summer.

    This book is targeted to those who are going into middle school but adults will relive the past and take the points and see if they can improve their lives. I highly recommend this in an era of Facebook fights, comment section politics, and online bullying. Kindness can overcome the world.

    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

    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 story about the overcoming challenges"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Will for sticking up for Augie when most others hated him


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

    Perseverance through childhood challenges


    Any additional comments?

    Great book on a child who is severely deformed and hated by many, but ends up with a couple of close friends who stick by him. Great for pre-teens and teens in learning that differences in others doesn't mean they can't be successful or loving and should not be treated differently. They have feelings too.

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    Donald 09-26-14
    Donald 09-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "For every middle and HS student"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A little "younger" than I expected but well done.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting : Augie's growth throughout the book
    Least: The bullies


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

    Augie's personality


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    On cable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 04-22-13
    Amber 04-22-13

    I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.

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    "Go Auggie!"

    I found myself rooting for Auggie in this story. Auggie has a severe facial deformity and is about to go from homeschooling to the 5th grade in a real school. This book reminded me of the right ways to treat people who are different from us. It reiterated the lesson you learn as a child from your parents, to not stare and not treat people differently just because they are different than we are. This was a beautiful story about all the obstacles Auggie faces and how he overcomes them in the end. I enjoyed listening to the many character's perspectives in the book and glad that it wasn't just told from Auggie's voice. Also, I enjoyed having 3 narrators as it enhanced the listening experience. Even though this is a young adult book, I think readers and listeners of all ages would enjoy this story.

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    Ruth Nielsen 02-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A thought provoking story for any age listener ~"

    Although "Wonder" is written for a younger audience with a child narrator's point of view, the story is compelling for any age listener as it hits home on the issues of image and acceptance and the prejudice against people who are not physically perfect. The author does a nice job of telling the story without preaching, and the characters mature along with the story. The use of several different points of view is excellent, and each individual narrator adds depth to the overall plot. It's not the type of book I normally read but I'm glad I picked it up and would recommend it as a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hawkeye Run USA 01-15-13
    Hawkeye Run USA 01-15-13 Listener Since 2010

    Sunshine

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    "Wonder why I didn't hear of this sooner!"
    What made the experience of listening to Wonder the most enjoyable?

    Wonderfully written story about a boy who is different told from the viewpoints of various characters. One character tells his own story, another is a sister who has always stuck up for her beloved brother while secretly wishing for a different experience in her own life, another is a friends voice (or is he really a friend.) The narrators each did a great job of defining these different characters through their heartfelt reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were many who each had a different degree of impact on this story, but the main character had such a wit and sarcasm in the face of come difficult barriers in his life.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They all did a great job of bringing their character to life.


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

    At times I wanted to shake the characters, at others I laughed out loud. I was very touched at other moments and nearly shed a tear.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who works with students with various needs and wants to hear (in their own words) what it might like to walk in their shoes for a day. Sometimes in education, we miss the subtleties that go on between our students and this book reminds you to keep an eye out for the underdog and that your words can have an impact.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annie M. 11-18-12
    Annie M. 11-18-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A WONDER-ful read for kids and adults"
    What made the experience of listening to Wonder the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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