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.
“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)
As a literature teacher, it is often difficult to find engaging YA books that aren't simply watered-down adult books with things a teacher would may not want to discuss. This is the first book in a long time that I am really excited about teaching!
This was the first time read for this author. Although it was an easy read it was also a tough read. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I will be recommending it to all of my fellow readers because the subject of bullying comes up over and over and over again. This book tactfully deals with it in an honest way at a grade 5 level. It would be a great book to have in all schools.
No - found narration extremely annoying and almost gave up listening.
Another narrator - a "regular" voice, without the "sickly" sound
this is a great book for kids and adults alike. there are some good things that we should all remember here. my 5th grader recomended I read it and I am glad I did.
Well developed characters and themes of acceptance and kindness. My only hesitation to giving more stars for performance is that the reader adopted a voice that was distracting from the story. I think it would have been better to have done the audio with an actual fifth grade boy reader
Yes I would listen to it again and again and again! Why? Because it is such a great and interesting story. I got this audible for my two kids (8 and 10) and I loved it as much as they did. It is a heartwarming story about someone who is different than others and finding his place in the world.
I really liked learning about Auggie and his struggles and celebrations. I loved following all of his relationships.
The narrators bring life to each character. The expression they put into each character made the story even more fascinating and realistic.
This book made my family all laugh, and cry at times. It definitely gave me an extreme reaction and I couldn't wait to hear more. It was captivating and I couldn't wait to hear more. It is a beautiful and rewarding story.
Sweet and encouraging story every middle schooler should read! Grown-up can read it too and benefit from its sweet message.
My two kids (ages 9 and 11) and I really enjoyed listening to this on our way home from school each day. The storyline is interesting and easy to follow, and the message is just beautiful. It sparked some really meaningful conversations about empathy and kindness.
The only downside to this performance was the voice of August. While I understand that his voice was meant to be different, I couldn't help but hear Marge Simpson the whole time he was speaking! I wished it could've sounded more like a kid reading rather than a strange raspy adult.
Regardless, I would still highly recommend this book to all parents of kids in upper grades.
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