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)
I listened to this book while rearranging the bedroom over a few days. It made the job easy. The book was moving,it was happy, it was sad, and spoiler alert: It had a wonderful ending. Great read.
I was a middle school teacher for 12 years and high school teacher for more than 5 years. I know how hard it is for children and teens to learn kindness and acceptance. "Wonder" is an inspiring story of love and friendship. Excellently written. Quite credible in terms of portraying typical middle school kids and their challenges. Julian's parents needed to have their eyes opened. Perhaps that's why Julian's precept involved a "fresh start". Tear-jerker of a story in many parts. Sweet! Well done!
Heartwarming, Amazing, Unforgettable
This book was simply amazing. It definitely makes you think about how you view others through the eyes of an individual with differences. Auggie will stay with me forever!
This book was amazing, I truly enjoyed it. I thought at first that it was going to be too young a read/listen, but I was surprised that it was just really a great message that anyone at any age would benefit from hearing!
I love Kate Rudd as a narrator, so it was great to hear Via's side of the story.
We are all a little ugly at times.
Listen to this book! It was fantastic!!
I purchased this audiobook for my son to listen to on a long car ride since he was reading it for school and decided to put in on for everyone to hear. Wow! Everyone, my husband, daughter, son, and myself, loved it! We got really into the story and had a difficult time leaving the car before a chapter ended. We actually arrived home and continued listening in the car for another 30 minutes! The story was well-written and I was just as engaged as my kids were. I think the character development was very well-executed and the story talked about real-life issues and how kids really feel. My only issue (be it very minor) is I didn't care for the voice that the narrator gave Augie. It was a little annoying at first, but I got so into the story that it didn't matter after a while.
A wonderful read/listen about an adorable boy who doesn't let his mismanaged features get in his way of making friends and making the most of his fifth-grade adventures!
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