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)
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.
from the very first moment, I was enthralled. The characters are memorable, their feelings and views easily understandable and strike a note within the listener. This is a story that will stay with you, not unlike a haunting melody. Well done!
It's not because Nancy Cartwright pulled off voicing Bart Simpson that it's a good idea to have females narrate boys parts. I almost returned the book after 5 minutes. Thankfully I carried on and it was a good story , but the soft raspy female voice reading August's parts was definitely annoying.
Oh boy I loved this book, what a sweet and sometimes heartbreaking story of what it's like to be different in a world that's not so nice all the time, and to keep your chin up and be nice!!!
This book is a must read for everyone. I highly recommend it for children grades 2nd-jr. high school. The author doesn't amazing job bringing out emotions and relating to children's personalities. Definitely a story that can build great character within its readers.
I read this with my 2nd grade daughter, fourth grade daughter (Who battles with self-esteem issues) and my 7th grade son... all of us truly enjoy this book. I believe we are now all a little kinder, more empathetic, and courageous...
I am a reading coach and have to read several books at once to teach with different grade levels. Thank you Audible for helping me keep up. This book was phenomenal for our 5th graders!
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