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)
This book is at the top of my list and will stay with me for a very long time. R.J.Palacio perfectly interprets the mindset of her young protagonist and his pals. The story makes you think, laugh and cry. I have sent copies to my grandchildren. Everyone should read this book.
Having 3 narrators was excellent. They really captured the essence of each character.
This is a MUST read for any age group! But if you have a child between 10-14 it should be required reading!! Adults read so you can use it as a learning tool! Loved it!
This book tells the story of August. It is written from his perspective and also the perspective of others around him. It is a heartfelt story. It is funny, witty, at moments also makes you want to cry but also picks you back up. Very well written. I absolutely loved it!
It was good and the narrators changed every chapter. It's a really sad and really happy book! I love how everyone calls him Auggie!
I had heard a lot about this book and how wonderful (no pun intended) it was. So, it was with a grain of salt that I downloaded the audio to listen to. After the hype, this book had a lot to live up to.
Auggie Pullman is an exceptionally bright kid. He has been homeschooled up to now because he was born with a severe facial deformity. Now, however, as he is about to enter the fifth grade, his parents want him to try going to a real school. They bring him to Beecher Prep. This is a private school where the headmaster is very welcoming and assures Auggie and his parents that he will fit in. He is introduced to three current students: Jack, Summer, and Justin. They are to show him around the school.
And so begins Auggie's great adventure. The book follows Auggie through his year at Beecher Prep with a series of first person narratives. The story is told from several viewpoints including Auggie, his sister Via, Jack, and others. With each different point of view, we see deeper inside the various characters. It is not just Auggie with his physical deformities that needs a deeper insight and understanding.
I listened to the audio version of this book and was struck by the way the narrators, Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd, were able to make each character come to life with a distinctive voice--both literally and figuratively. It made the listening experience much richer for me.
This one is definitely destined to wind up in my classroom library. I give it my highest recommendation.
The narration for August was so annoying! I was happy to not have to listen to that voice anymore when it was over.
At first I did not want to read this book, as the back seemed so BORING. Finally, I tried it, and it was AMAZING. It had perfect insight into a young boy's feelings, and at times I found myself crying or grinning ear to ear. Great read that I highly recommend to everybody, big or small.
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