Wonder

Wonder

eBook - 2012
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My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.' Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all? Now featuring a brand-new chapter told by bully Julian, WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
Publisher: [London ] : 2012. RHCP Digital,
ISBN: 9781448119141
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital BorrowBox

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LoganLib_JennyI Sep 20, 2017

This is a charming book about Auggie who sets off to Middle School with the challenge of a genetic facial deformity. The story is told from the point of view of several people in Auggie's life, including himself. This technique enables the many scenarios that Auggie faces to be viewed through oth... Read More »


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 06, 2020

The book called Wonder is a story about 11 year old August Pullman who doesn’t have a normal looking face. He has a rare medical facial deformity, which he refers to as “mandibulofacial dysostosis“, more commonly known as Treacher Collins syndrome as well as a cleft palate. He was homeschooled by his mother until the fifth grade. The book begins with August's parents deciding to send him to a private school called Beecher Prep. The story revolves around what difficulties Auggie (August) faces in school. I would give this book five stars and consider it to be equally as good for boys and girls ages 9+. It has some mature topics but most kids could relate to Auggie's feelings and concerns. I think that Wonder deserves to be an international bestseller as it will hook everyone who reads it. It is a bold, brilliant book that is well worth reading by anyone who is prepared to be amazed and can appreciate a good literature. @GymGirl of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

August Pullman’s mandibulofacial dysostosis, I think, is a metaphor for something every human in the world has: a quality that makes them different from others. Of course, that quality is not usually so physically evident or demands so many medical procedures. But August, with his nature of a born fighter, as well as his ordinary ten-year-old obsession with Star Wars, enters fifth grade at Beecher Prep for the first time. Wonder is unique, like Auggie: it shifts between perspectives of the characters in the story. It also revisits Auggie’s point of view twice more, offering the reader a glimpse of how much he’s grown during his year at Beecher Prep, which would have been impossible, of course, without all his family and friends around him. Just like its title, Wonder is filled with startlingly original reflections about the fairness of the universe, sensitive young friendships, and the miracles that keep August alive. Amidst these, of course, are elementary jokes, drama, and crushes. While it may be perceived as a book for children, I think Wonder is a universal and gorgeous book with many messages about being yourself and spreading kindness around the galaxy. @StarRead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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indigo_dog_1227
Jul 30, 2020

great book

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Anika_Singh
Jul 24, 2020

August may look different than everyone else, but inside he is just a normal kid. A normal kid who has been homeschooled his whole life because of the many surgeries that he needed to have. A normal kid who gets stared at wherever he goes. A normal kid who just wants to fit in.

When August starts to go to a real middle school, his world turns upside down. He deals with bullies, relationships, friends, and doing what's right.

A wonderfully written book that will have you sobbing at times and rolling on the floor laughing at others. Very authentic and relatable characters. It's a thought-provoking story that shows you different perspectives and ways of thinking.

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kyang_91
Jul 19, 2020

Born with facial deformities, August “Auggie” Pullman had always tried to fit in. When his parents enrolled him for school, he became terrified of the aspect of interacting with other students. He eventually meets a boy named Jack and they quickly become friends. Through a series of inner familial problems, a potential betrayal by Auggie’s best friend, and a physical assault at a nature camp, Palacio shows readers the significance of perseverance, inner strength, and fitting-in through Auggie. This novel also shows the importance of virtues such as anti-bullying and acceptance through a middle-school child’s eyes, which is what makes this so appealing to children because they can connect to Auggie more.

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alexqise
Jul 18, 2020

August Pullman has had a craniofacial abnormality and has been homeschooled his whole life because of this. However, when middle school comes, his mom wants him to learn more than she can teach him, so he is sent to Beecher Prep. Most of the kids don’t bother him, but some are different, and he ends up getting hurt by one of his closest friends. Wonder takes the simple message of being kind to those who are different to another level. The text is elementary with very literal meanings making it a great read for novices.

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gurleen03
Jul 01, 2020

R.J. Palacio’s book, “Wonder,” is an inspirational story of a fifth-grader named August Pullman, who is different from others by his appearance. Auggie was home-schooled for most of his life due to his facial differences but in fifth grade, he went to a private school for the first time. School was especially difficult for Auggie as he encountered many bullies and people who would make fun of his face. However, some people in his school stood for him and made strong friendships with him. Auggie refused to go to school many times because of being discouraged by his peers but his parents and true friends kept him resilient. The message of the book was impactful, which was innocence and compassion. Through Auggie's experience, I have learned that Auggie was not different, but rather remarkable, as he was made to inspire others by his perseverance in a difficult situation. This book is very realistic about how students are in school to those who are different, no matter what the problem may be. I loved every bit of the book and felt the pain that Auggie faced by putting myself in the situation. From every aspect, the book was well written and heart touching. Nonetheless, the book taught me lessons that I can use in my life also, whether it is regarding friendship or hardships in school. In all, “Wonder” is a book that nearly all ages will find inspiring and unforgettable.

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TamaraKrul
Jun 30, 2020

Absolutely amazing! A must read for everyone.

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Dserrano_0
Jun 15, 2020

Wonderful story. As a teacher it inspire me a lot. My tears are literally rolling down when I'm in the Graduation Ceremony Chapters. I am so happy for Augie going through all of those hardship. Nothing will be accomplished without the help of his loving family, friends, teachers and school.

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 08, 2020

The first year of middle school for Augie doesn't quite have the narrative arc of a typical novel, but it's that sort of realistic fiction that just feels right. Everything in here is believable. Everything probably has and will happen out there. This should be required reading for people, and a lovely reminder to be a good person. Understanding > judgement.

Ever been the new kid? Imagine being the new kid at middle school after you’ve been homeschooled your whole life, because you have facial deformities so severe that other children run from you screaming. August Pullman is an extraordinary boy. A wonder, really. It was a wonder that when he was born he survived at all. So far he has had 27 surgeries. With all of the medical procedures necessary to keep him alive the first 10 years of his life, he simply could never go to a regular school … until now. While you might expect this to be a book about bullies (it is), you’ll also want to stand up and cheer for Auggie and the few kids who bravely decide to become his friends, despite a fifth-grade-wide “war” at the school. — Linnea F., Plymouth Library

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kyang_91
Jul 19, 2020

kyang_91 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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gurleen03
Jul 01, 2020

gurleen03 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Mr_Asian__jr
Aug 27, 2019

Mr_Asian__jr thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 99

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anaberesac
Mar 11, 2019

anaberesac thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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black_cat_5066
Dec 23, 2018

black_cat_5066 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

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ranvapa
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orange_bear_565
Nov 06, 2018

orange_bear_565 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 99

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Hiny
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pink_flamingo_961
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anglem123
Jul 20, 2018

anglem123 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Ana89_0
Dec 09, 2019

When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.

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white_wolf_1506
Jan 03, 2019

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”

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black_cat_5066
Dec 23, 2018

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

PimaLib_JeanSC Jun 01, 2017

"Let's face it, the universe was not kind to Auggie Pullman." -- Miranda

And still Auggie was able to face the world -- not always an easy thing for him, but he carries it out with intelligence and humor.

The movie is due out in November.

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khan_sohaib
Jan 18, 2017

"Don't try too hard to be cool. It always shows and that's uncool"- Amos

sanamg Dec 27, 2016

"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."

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jmli
Oct 22, 2016

"Don't judge a boy by his face."

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LifeLoverSam
Jul 18, 2016

"I don't think we can teach empathy , but we can inspire it ."
- R.J Palacio

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blue_dog_11984
Jul 09, 2016

"All you need is love"

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natalia1001
Jun 23, 2016

Auggie, you are a wonder, my wonder.

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Wonder is a book about the difficulties August Pullman encountered when he went into school as a middle schooler for the first time, as well as the supporting friendships he made from it. August was born with facial differences, which made kids run away from him and made others stare whenever he was in public. As he started school for the first time, he faced more blatant bullying from his classmates, especially Julian; he was called mean names, given mean notes in his locker, and was made fun of solely because of his looks. However, August also met some really nice classmates, Summer and Jack. Summer sat next to August at lunch on his first day of school, and the two of them quickly became good friends; later, Jack and August also became good friends. Although Julian turned the school against Jack for being friends with August and started bullying him, Jack chose to continue being friends with August because he knew it was the right thing to do. In the end, August found that despite Julian’s attempts to bring him down, he was supported by his classmates, who had all come to accept him for who he was and realizing that he was just like everyone else regardless of his facial differences.
My favorite part of Wonder is when August’s classmates stood up for him for the first time when he was bullied by seventh graders on their camping trip. His classmates who stood up for him were previously Julian’s friends who did not try to protect August from being bullied in school before, since they wanted to be liked by Julian. However, this change in them showed that they chose kindness over popularity and saw who August really was rather than judging him from merely his looks. -Jocelyn

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yose_0
Mar 12, 2019

I would rate this book a 100/100 this book is really and sad at the same time. If you pay attention to the book then this book will make you cry. The author makes you reflect on how you treat other people. What i liked about this book is that you can reflect on how you treat other people and act with people just like you and different then you. That you should be careful on what you say and act because words/actions hurt you know especially if you are different. I didn’t dislike anything of this book i loved reading these types of books sad and emotional. I would recommend this book to my godsister she is like me we enjoy these types of books that make you reflect and make you a better person. A little boy that is ten years old and he’s not like the other ten years old like him. The main character is August "Auggie" Pullman. Auggie has something called facial deformity. And the following characters are
Via Pullman. ...
Isabel Pullman. ...
Nate Pullman. ...
Jack Will. ...
Summer Dawson. ...
Julian Albans. ...
Mr. Tushman.
READ THE BOOK!!!!!

ChanjoLight Mar 17, 2018

It is about a 5th grader named August "Auggie" who has a facial difference and has been home-schooled for most of his young life. He gets enrolled at a middle school for 5th grade and wants nothing more than to feel normal. Instead Auggie gets bullied for his appearance from his peers and along the way you hear from not only Auggie, but from others who are around him begin to wonder what it means to have empathy and compassion. What it means to be a friend, how to accept your friend, but mostly how to be just "act a little kinder than necessary - the world would be a better place".

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uddamgill
May 04, 2017

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CheesecakeLo
Jun 23, 2016

Wonder

A boy named August is homeschooled because he was born with a distorted face. In Grade 5 he goes to school for the first time and makes new friends. And enemies....

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Bahar_23
Jun 23, 2016

August Pullman has facial deformations he was born with. His childhood consisted of many surgeries and hospital visits. But once he reaches the fifth grade, he starts school at Beecher Prep after being homeschooled his whole life. He encounters many different people, like Julian who isn't the nicest to Auggie. The story is written from many different points of view, including students from Auggies school, his older sister, Olivia and her friends, exploring different opinions on the situation.

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trin0707
Aug 29, 2015

In this book we follow August as he goes to school for the first time in Grade 5. When August was born, he was born with a facial deformity. Because of this he has never gone to school. You will also be reading about the people around him and their journeys.

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ginbubs
Aug 02, 2015

12 year old Auggie Pullman is anxious to start school for the first time. His face is deformed, which makes everything a lot harder. Will Auggie be able to get through the year and make friends, despite what he looks like on the inside?

ddurkin0726 Jul 13, 2015

A sad book about a boy who is disabled

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a_rudy13
Jul 10, 2015

August Pullman is a boy with rare facial problems. As he enters school for the first time at Beecher prep, he meets new friends and gets teased about and bullied just because of his facial deformities. Wonder is an example of the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover". Read it to find out more about his journey.

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kristen555
Jan 02, 2019

Other: DONT USE THE WORD retarded AT ALL

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mmterry
Apr 12, 2018

Other: People who think retarded is a bad word are retarded

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angeliquelong
Jun 22, 2017

Other: Used the word "retarded" as an insult.

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