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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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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-05-13
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Beautiful Story"

    This is a beautiful story. An amazing story for any youth to read. It could also teach a lot of adults a thing or two about empathy as well.

    I really like how a boy so 'ugly', could spread so much joy and love. Amazing overall.

    However, I must say that the choice to have the boy's voice read in a raspy whisper was an absolutely TERRIBLE choice. Why wouldn't they just use a normal young sounding male? It was extremely annoying, and it made him sound like a whiny baby. The writing wasn't bad at all, but the narration was just dreadful.

    Kate Rudd was amazing as always, and she saved the entire book for me. 5 star for her. 1 star for the other. 3 star overall.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    revbeamer ohio 01-19-13
    revbeamer ohio 01-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "And adults can like it too!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I was prepared for another "kid bullied, kid triumphs" kind of story. This was much more nuanced. Auggie brings out the best in those who are open to it, while those who aren't become ever more isolated and stuck. Love wins.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The performance kept my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    The intonation of the mother was sometimes too patronizing or condescending. The sister was dead on. Auggies voice reflects impairment, but could become too grating in long spells. None of it was enough to keep me from recommending the book in any form to many friends. Thinking about making it a reading project for my confirmation class!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 09-07-13
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Excellent way to teach differences... and sameness"

    As an adult who works extensively with developmentally and physically disabled children and adults... I applaud this book. Simply but beautifully told account of Auggie, who with his facial anomalies leaves the cocoon of homeschooling to attend 5th grade. Well rounded point of views help the reader to understand how this disability affects friends, siblings, parents and teachers. Uplifting, clean read with a few sad spots and some really funny parts too. Nicely done!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny Flemington, NJ, United States 01-04-13
    Bonny Flemington, NJ, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2009

    Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.

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    "Overly simplistic approach to a complex subject"

    This is a tough book for me to review as it's written for middle grade readers, and I graduated from that group long, long ago. It was so highly reviewed that I decided to read it. I think the 4 and 5 star reviews may be from people that like happy endings and can better imagine how this book will be received by the intended audience than I was able to.

    Things I liked about Wonder:
    *August is an engaging, original protagonist.
    *Palacio's use of different points of view. August's sister, Via, had an amazing exploration of what it was like to be the non-sick, normal kid in the family. She hit on all the aspects, positive and negative, avoidable and unavoidable. I actually found Olivia to be the most interesting character.
    *Palacio's whole exploration of "beauty is only skin deep" and "it's what's on the inside that counts" from many angles. Even after reading Wonder, I'm still not sure what my reaction to a person like August would be, or what the best response might be.

    Things I didn't like about Wonder:
    *I wish there had been more detailed medical information. The lack of detail is most likely because it's not something the intended audience needs or wants, but I think more information would have added to a better understanding of exactly what August had gone through during his ten years. There is a mention of his 27 surgeries, and that he suffers from Treacher-Collins syndrome combined with some rare mystery syndrome, but a bit more background would have added to exactly what a wonder he was.
    *I wish there had been more development of Julian. He played a big part in the story, but was the least explored.
    *I wish the ending had not been so "happily ever after". There were pat resolutions on all fronts and this is not how things would have worked out.
    *I listened to this as an audiobook, and the voice of August was horrendous. I almost gave up in the first ten minutes because it was so bad. Another reviewer describes the voice as sounding like "a slightly retarded Marge Simpson" and I completely agree.
    *The cover! Is it meant to be slightly disturbing without too much attention to detail? It's certainly not a depiction of August with one eye and the presence of ears! It may seem like a silly detail, but covers are important to me, and I think think this book deserved a far better cover.

    Overall, 3 stars for a book that takes an overly simplistic approach (even for middle grade readers) to a very complex subject.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dog Friend Sycamore, IL, United States 08-12-13
    Dog Friend Sycamore, IL, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read!

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    "Amazing!"

    If a teen (or anyone) reads Thirteen Reasons Why and is feeling like suicide is an option for severe depression, that person needs to read Wonder. Auggie shows amazing bravery and strength all through this story. He has to deal with so much fear, anger, rejection, and ridicule all because of something completely outside of his control. He has friends and family who come alongside him and support him throughout his experiences. The ending was extremely positive for all of the involved characters!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Saint Paul, MN, United States 04-17-13
    Sara Saint Paul, MN, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2008

    I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.

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    "LOVE this BOOK"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wonder to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to this book so I cannot judge but the audio book was fabulous.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    August of course. What a courageous soul. He makes you want to do better for others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love when his classmates come to his rescue in the woods. That was a very powerful moment.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    August the boy who taught others to be humane.


    Any additional comments?

    Super book for girls and boys. My reluctant reader of a nephew (13) read the book and loved it. It has something for everyone and gives you great perspective.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-02-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "A lot of Heart & Saccharin"

    This is a very positive story with heart and love and friendship, family and community, fear and courage, hugs and kisses, dogs, and an uplifting ending. It is heartwarming, yet ultimately quite hollow. Stories that deeply move people, and make a real difference, must possess balance, with realistic fear or pain or loss to make the positive aspects truly powerful. This is a written for a young audience, but that does not justify saccharin. Kids can appreciate, and actually need, this balance.

    There was one brief interlude by the character Miranda that borders on some realistic balance. I wish the rest of the book had the real heart glimpsed in these few pages.

    I had hoped this would be a powerful, moving, and transformative story; instead it is a simplistic positive story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Nielsen Seattle, WA United States 02-04-13
    Ruth Nielsen Seattle, WA United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A thought provoking story for any age listener ~"

    Although "Wonder" is written for a younger audience with a child narrator's point of view, the story is compelling for any age listener as it hits home on the issues of image and acceptance and the prejudice against people who are not physically perfect. The author does a nice job of telling the story without preaching, and the characters mature along with the story. The use of several different points of view is excellent, and each individual narrator adds depth to the overall plot. It's not the type of book I normally read but I'm glad I picked it up and would recommend it as a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hawkeye Run USA 01-15-13
    Hawkeye Run USA 01-15-13 Listener Since 2010

    Sunshine

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    "Wonder why I didn't hear of this sooner!"
    What made the experience of listening to Wonder the most enjoyable?

    Wonderfully written story about a boy who is different told from the viewpoints of various characters. One character tells his own story, another is a sister who has always stuck up for her beloved brother while secretly wishing for a different experience in her own life, another is a friends voice (or is he really a friend.) The narrators each did a great job of defining these different characters through their heartfelt reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were many who each had a different degree of impact on this story, but the main character had such a wit and sarcasm in the face of come difficult barriers in his life.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They all did a great job of bringing their character to life.


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

    At times I wanted to shake the characters, at others I laughed out loud. I was very touched at other moments and nearly shed a tear.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who works with students with various needs and wants to hear (in their own words) what it might like to walk in their shoes for a day. Sometimes in education, we miss the subtleties that go on between our students and this book reminds you to keep an eye out for the underdog and that your words can have an impact.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen United States 08-13-12
    Ellen United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"
    Where does Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks as one of the most listened to in our household, adults and children.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augie, for sure. He's honest, resilient and funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name. Some scenes are painful but the characters and readers make the story very listenable. The hero of this story is just so darn human and like able.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Probably something from the great quotes they use to begin each section.


    Any additional comments?

    Have listened to this story multiple times and will many more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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