Wonder

Wonder

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Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his clasassmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375969027
0375969020
9780375869020
0375869026
Branch Call Number: FICTION PALACIO
Characteristics: 315 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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KThonen Jan 24, 2019

Learn empathy through the amazing story of Augie and his friends as they navigate school and life.

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KThonen Feb 21, 2019

This book made me have all the feels. I laughed, cried, learned a bit about myself and definitely came away with a greater sense of empathy for my fellow man/woman.


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nityarjnd
Jan 15, 2021

Wonder by RJ Palacio is about a young boy named August Pullman who was born with a facial abnormality that makes him appear differently to others. The book goes over his internal conflict and struggles with other children and adults. The book reflects on his insecurities and personality through this captivating tale. Wonder makes readers realize that superficiality is our worst enemy when judging people and their character. I would suggest that children 11+ read this, and give it 4/5 stars.

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keerthananoru
Jan 12, 2021

Wonder is a really amazing story of a boy (Auggie) who has facial differences. Because of this, throughout his life he is always looked down upon and is stared at. He is starting 5th grade. He has wonderful family support, but this is really scary for Auggie. He doesn't want to be bullied. The book is about Auggie finding himself, and learning how to not care. He finds good friends which he doesn’t get along with at first. There are many ups, and downs throughout the story. I love how the book changes perspective to other characters. It has the perfect amount of humor too! If you finish reading the book, I recommend watching the movie.

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Aashirya
Dec 28, 2020

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a story about a boy named August Pullman (Auggie)
who was born with a facial difference. He was homeschooled all of his life, but he
enrolled into a private school for fifth grade. He makes some friends, but he gets
bullied by many of the other students. I liked how brave he was, even though some
people were treating him as different from them. I would recommend this book to
everyone, as it is inspiring to see how courageous Auggie was, when faced with
bullies and others who tried to tear him down.

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blue_panda_4979
Nov 13, 2020

This book is so amazing! I loved it so much! I don't mean to be cheesy but very few books and movies make me cry and this is one of them!🥺😢

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Bushra_20
Sep 28, 2020

August “Auggie” Pullman has had 27 surgeries to correct facial anomalies he was born with, but he still has a face that has earned him such cruel nicknames as Freak, Freddy Krueger, Gross-out and Lizard face. His facial features look like they’ve been melted, like the drippings on a candle. When August begins middle school, he is nervous because he cannot even walk down the school corridor without being the subject of stares and cruelty. This book gives a realistic look at the frankly brutal reality. It manages to be about a person with an unlucky and rare syndrome, who we love not out of sympathy but out of love for him. Auggie may be finding his place in the world, but that world must find a way to make room for him, too. Indeed this is a memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 12, 2020

“Wonder” by R.J Palacio is about a 10 year boy born with a facial deformity that and the challenges he experiences when enrolled in a public school. August Pullman is enrolled into a public school after his parents decide that it would be best for him. He was previously home schooled.He experiences the same issues as most kids do like bullying and making friends although these challenges are magnified due to his facial deformity. This story also does a great job showing the viewpoints of others that were the closest to August like his sister, and friends. This helps tell the story and helps us understand what others feel like that are around him. It can also help us understand what family members of children with disability’s feel and how they are affected by it. August with the support of his family and friend, overcomes the challenges of middle school and has a successful first yer of middle school as well as getting new friends This book shows us why it is important to have dignity and respect for others even if they have a disability or a re different than us. A great read to understand the lives of others and how we affect others through decisions that we make towards others. 10/10
@Sportsreader03 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

“Wonder”, written by R. J. Palacio, is an extremely heart touching and eye opening book. Auggie Pullman is an ordinary boy, but was born with a different face, and faces many problems in society because of that. Up until Grade 5, Auggie did not attend a regular public school because he was worried about how others would treat him, and when he did build up enough courage to finally go to school, his classmates just wouldn’t stop judging him by his face. By reading this book, you can almost see what it feels like when you get bullied for something you can’t control, because most of this book is written in Auggie’s perspective. This book really teaches the readers a lesson to be kind and to not discriminate against anyone for the way they look, or for anything else that someone can’t control about themselves. Along with being educational, this book is also very entertaining, and I would recommend it to all audiences. I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5.
@Rose of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I'm a big fan of movies and would much rather watch a movie over reading a book (I only read books If I have to). I came across the movie Wonder and really fell in love with the description of the movie so I gave it a try, this movie ended up being one of my all-time favorites! The fact that this movie impacted me so much it made me want to try out the book, I read the book and it gave me an even deeper connection to the movie and in fact, I liked the book more. I've read it more than once and will most likely read it again because the moral of this story is very important. This book could spike a few triggers for people but if you look into it before you read it you should be able to figure out if it is for you or not. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a read you can connect with and feel, I also recommend this book to people who may not like to read as much as they like movies. I rate this book a 5/5.
@moviefan of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Alpha_zzz
Sep 08, 2020

This is a really good book. There are a lot of life’s lessons in it. The first being nothing supersedes kindness, respect and dignity for every person. To simply live that truth can change the world. This book focuses on that message throughout. That, and the courage the protagonist, Auggie, has to employ in struggling to help people learn and apply it in a world of pre-defined norms.

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eliram493
Aug 25, 2020

Palacio’s Wonder is a wonderful book of coming-of-age. Auggie, a boy with multiple face deformations due to complications in his birth, has been homeschooled his whole life. He’s been relatively sheltered from other people seeing him and interacting with him. However, it will all change when he decides to attend school for his 5th grade. Will he be able to make it through the year? Or will he succumb to the weird looks and mean names that other kids call him? I would highly recommend it!

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blue_dog_49470
Aug 25, 2020

I loved this book so amazing. My favorite characters are Summer Auggie and jack definitely 5 stars

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Lucas__67
Aug 17, 2020

This talks about August Pullman, a child who wants to be normal but isn't to the normal human eye as he has a very special type of facial deformation which has affected him and his family. But in his family's eyes, he's the most extraordinary kid in the world. Even though he gets bullied, but at the end he gets the things he dreamed to become true! (I'm not gonna spoil it ;) Ha)

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Oct 01, 2020

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eliram493
Aug 25, 2020

eliram493 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Jul 19, 2020

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gurleen03
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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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Nov 11, 2018

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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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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!!!!!

peachee7012 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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theranger_strider
Jul 09, 2015

Great book teaching children about the reality of life. Love it!

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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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Jun 22, 2017

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

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