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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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    Kristy Jewel Colorado 07-02-14
    Kristy Jewel Colorado 07-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Simple and Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wonder to be better than the print version?

    Actually yes... That answer actually shocks me more than anything. I'm an avid reader and I am just now getting into audiobooks. I purchased this book on a bogo sale and I was definitely not disappointed. The narrators were amazing and I felt the characters truly come alive.


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

    They all were amazing.


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

    This book made me laugh, made me tear up and it made me angry. I was invested in the characters and I definitely loved the emotions in this book.


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    Nei Baon 06-06-14
    Nei Baon 06-06-14
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    "Incredibly moving and insightful"
    Any additional comments?

    A must read for children and adults. A well-told story of a boy who looks very different and how he copes in a regular, public school… and how those around him cope as well. It will make you cry and fill your heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 05-20-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Classic children's novel for all ages"

    This is a novel about Auggie's first year in school - in 5th grade. He had always been home-schooled because of a disease at birth that resulted in a face that horrified many. Auggie gets into a private school, and his parents hope that this will be a safe environment, knowing how cruel children can be to someone who looks so different. Most of the novel is a first person narrative from Auggie's point of view, but some chapters were from the first person perspective of other characters. This novel is moving, funny, and above all else, believable. The adults and children are all portrayed so well - some likeable, some not, and many in that true-to-life gray area. In the years since my own children have grown up, I occasionally listen to juvenile fiction, searching for ones like those I so loved reading to my own kids. I have been invariably disappointed, wondering how books could receive such accolades. This novel was everything I expected, and more. This is so good, it could be read by a child, to a child, or just by an adult (like me). It avoids so many of the predictable plot twists seen so often in youth fiction. I can't say enough about this book.

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    jonathan 04-30-14
    jonathan 04-30-14
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    "a book for all ages"
    If you could sum up Wonder in three words, what would they be?

    inspired needed improvement


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augie's sister's friend who always loved him as a brother, and did one of the most selfless and influential things in the book, and something that spoke to me, when she gave up her leading roll on opening night to Vi.


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

    I enjoyed having different performers for the different characters. I thought the performances were wonderful, and each added another layer of understanding to all the characters combined. I don't think I would have imagined Augie's voice the way it was performed, and it really helped me immediately think of him as different and be able to picture him better from the beginning.


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

    Definitely, I laughed out loud a lot, gasped in shock, worry or suspense, and definitely cried! A lot!!


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book should be read by everyone, young and old. It reminds us of things we knew as little children but forgot, or perhaps never learned. I love how it teaches us to be kinder than is necessary. What a beautiful admonition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cindy 04-08-14
    cindy 04-08-14
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    "This should be required reading for EVERYONE."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wonder to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What other book might you compare Wonder to and why?

    "One Good Dog" and "the Dog Who Danced" both by Susan Wilson. They both show the goodness and kindness of people and the difference that makes to the lives of others. Also, that from sad situations good things can happen.


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

    Definitely August.


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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 04-08-14
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Well done"

    I listened to this with my 11 year old son. We both enjoyed this and in this current societal environment, it's a good lesson about understanding differences, empathy and acceptance. I'm glad we were introduced to August.

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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Kingston, ON, Canada 03-24-14
    Trish Kingston, ON, Canada 03-24-14 Member Since 2015
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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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    MCP 03-14-14
    MCP 03-14-14

    I like memoirs and zombies; funny and scary stories... I smell a book!

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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


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    Allyson Bellaire, TX, United States 02-25-14
    Allyson Bellaire, TX, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2014
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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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