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)
Thought this was a great book! Adults and kids can enjoy it. It teaches so many life lessons such as compassion, kindness, courage and what it is is like to be different physically.
Chose this book because my teacher daughter's fifth grade class was reading it. Having taught quite a few years, I find current children books interesting. This is a winner, just like Augie!
I loved this book it had happy parts and sad parts. The fact that he had a different face than other people made the story a lot more interesting. The only thing that I didn't like was how the narrators voice changed a lot so it was kind of confusing of who was speaking, but I caught up and enjoyed the story and never wanted to stop listening to it. The story in this book is full of happiness and joy it just made me smile. When ever August had a fight I was always on his side. Overall the story was great and it made me smile. I would recommend this book to children 8 years old and younger.😃
I devoured this in one day... Literally could not stop until the end! Brilliant book and amazing performances by the readers. I cried at least 5 times- even when in the worst places to do so (like while grocery shopping)! I highly recommend this book.
this. is. the.[ maybe ] the. greatest. audiobook. ever.
everything from the performance to the charactors to the events to the emotion EVERYTHING. PERIOD
everything. as i stated above.
i rest my case.
As the mother of a special needs child, I have been bracing myself for the challenges ahead of her. This was the first book I read to look behind the curtain. It helped me understand by sharing some things I was worried about, but it also helped me connect with my own resilience and moreso appreciate the resilience of my daughter. As protector or his sister, my 8 year old son really connected with the book as well, and has gone on to devour others in the series.
My son absolutely loved the principal's funny name and Auggie's thoughts about it.
I got a good sense of emotions from the tones used by the narrator, and knew who was speaking from the vocal shifts made. Although the story said that due to several physical impairments and surgeries, Auggie's speech was very unclear, the narrator needed to ensure listeners could easily follow Auggie's dialogue. I think he was able to strike a good balance where the speech was imperfect enough to remind me that Auggie's speech was impaired.
I got angry, indignant, at the hateful behaviours of some of the kids. My chest puffed out in pride as some kids stepped up to defend Auggie. I cried as I empathized with what he was going through, and I felt hopeful when he discovered his own power and began getting to know himself. The book was as great for me as it was for my 8 year old son.
The book was told from Auggie's perspective, and using Auggie's voice as narrator. It really hooked my son and helped him relate to the challenges faced and surmounted by a special needs child. This was invaluable for me, as I wanted to start preparing him for the hardships that his special needs sister and our family will be facing as the years advance.
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