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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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    Fire Fan Utah, USA 03-27-14
    Fire Fan Utah, USA 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Stellar Performance!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Auggie's character is delivered in such a way that it leaves me feeling as if I am sitting in my classroom at work with my favorite student in the room. He is absolutely believable. Not just the text, but the delivery of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Auggie is my favorite character of course! His character is deep and his soft raspy voice left me longing for more time with him.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Diana Steele seems to actually become Auggie in my mind's eye. It's hard to imagine him with any better voice. Her approach colors him as vulnerable yet persistent and hopeful. Her performance is fresh and raw.


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

    As a Special Education elementary school teacher, I work with the "Auggies" of this world every day, and the interactions between peers at school, as well as Auggies reactions towards his day to day reality was spot on. Absolutely beautiful and heart-warming story.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you R. J. Palacio and Random House for producing such a quality piece of work that teaches valuable social lessons. I will incorporate this book into student's lives. This book will make a difference!

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    Trish Kingston, ON, Canada 03-24-14
    Trish Kingston, ON, Canada 03-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "touching, heartwarming, and an amazing read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wonder to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! Kate Rudd is a fantastic narrator, and the juxtaposition of the character voices really lets the reader feel they are with the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonder?

    Auggie comparing his face to the Ugly Dolls line... Humor in a rough situation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Miranda calling Auggie on the phone to check up on him, so cute.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Castro Valley, CA, United States 03-14-14
    Michele Castro Valley, CA, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Heart warming and wrenching"
    If you could sum up Wonder in three words, what would they be?

    A fantastic story that most adults can relate to their childhood - weren't we all teased one way or another? But the perspective and attitude is inspiring in this book. A great listen with fantastic performances :)


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The personality really comes out and voice changes help loads as there are many characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Berkeley, CA United States 02-24-14
    Amazon Customer Berkeley, CA United States 02-24-14 Listener Since 2007
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    "should be required reading for middle schoolers"
    What did you love best about Wonder?

    I enjoyed just about every single word in this book. It's heart warming, moving, funny. The characters sound like real life kids. The references to pop culture also lend to making this book quite unique. I even love the art on the book jacket which was what first drew me to this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonder?

    Auggie's fifth grade weekend outdoor trip-- now that was a good scene.


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

    I loved Jack's narration the most. His Brooklyn accent fit his character.


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

    This book made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    Every middle school child should read this. Had I read this at 12, it would've had a deep effect on me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 02-16-14
    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story!!!!"

    Easy listen. Good story of family, relationships. Uplifting and hopeful! Truly a great story of not judging a book by it's cover.

    0 of 0 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    ReluctantReader New York, United States 01-28-14
    ReluctantReader New York, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I Loved this Book, I enjoyed it a great deal."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wonder to be better than the print version?

    I have only ever heard the audio version, I'm not sure it would be better than the print version. I'm considering content as opposed to performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved August's family. The loving parents and sister really made this book a soft place to relax for a few hours. We understand that the children's friends loved being with this family, and I did too. We never got the idea that the parents, and sister did anything but love Auggie - even when it wasn't easy.


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

    I appreciated the narrators, but it wasn't a book I would say to someone - listen to this! You MUST hear how it's read!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, although I couldn't, I have listened to this book twice now. the first time in 3 sittings, the second time in 2.


    Any additional comments?

    "The Universe was not kind to August Pullman"I don't know if I can claim that whole heartedly. August was not beautiful and had to grow up in this society which places so much value on what someone looks like. I do not have the condition Auggie did, but experienced many of the situations this book portrayed. We have to accept that there are many more Julians in the world than Summers, Many understand by the end that it wasn't only what August looked like, but how he lived that made him a wonder, but the family that August had made such a difference for him. I know it's just a book, but even if the parents were written differently - it wouldn't have been the same book. If anything Auggie was fortunate to have a family who cared so deeply for him. This *was* kind.I just loved this book, I loved the underdog prevails "Matilda"-ness (another favorite) of it. It's heart warming in such a cold time. I wish the author would write another book visiting these characters.

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    Amazon Customer Valencia, Ca, United States 12-05-13
    Amazon Customer Valencia, Ca, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Best book that I've read all year."
    If you could sum up Wonder in three words, what would they be?

    Acceptance, love, human


    What other book might you compare Wonder to and why?

    The movie with Cher.. I can not think of the name.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Great.


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

    Not sure


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lauri NORTH HALEDON, NJ, United States 11-27-13
    Lauri NORTH HALEDON, NJ, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderfully Inspiring"
    What did you like best about this story?

    There is not a character in Palacio's novel that does not feel completely authentic. I would love to read more of Auggie's story, he is truly inspirational.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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