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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: First edition
ISBN: 9780375969027
Branch Call Number: FICTION PALACIO
Characteristics: 315 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Augie faces a number of challenges due to the cruelty of others over his physical differences. Ages 9-12.

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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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Jun 22, 2021

This book is wonderful! I like how Auggie confronts and gets over some of the challenges. With each time the story flows, I can see that Auggie’s mindset is improving. Plus, Auggie got to handle others and situations very well. I really enjoy the part where each character has their own story and different point of view about the same topic. This book recalls me “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” It takes time to think about how I should help people like Auggie and whether I was judging others by their appearance instead of look inside their hearts. I would recommend this book to anyone and hope everyone has a chance to see this amazing book.

Jun 21, 2021

This is my new favorite book of all time. I liked how it was written from different perspectives so you knew how everybody felt.

Apr 21, 2021

In Wonder by RJ Palacio, the reader dives into the life of August Pullman, a young boy who was born with a facial difference that made him look different than everyone else. Throughout his entire life, he has been home schooled up until 5th grade where his mom decides to send him to school for the first time. This book delves into the high and the lows that Auggie Pullman goes through the entire year

This book really resonates with me because it is such an emotional story. Additionally, it is a thrilling story with many great adventures. This entire novel was replete with exciting situations that kept me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone of any vote due to the fact that this is an amazing read.

Age Rating: 10+

Apr 17, 2021

This is a book that I have read many times since I was 9 years old, and every time it has resonated differently. You follow the story of Auggie Pullman, a young boy who is quite different looking compared to other kids his age. His facial features are severely distorted due to a birth defect and he constantly needs medical attention, which is why he is homeschooled and so close to his family. However, frequent visits to the hospital is not the only thing he has to worry about when growing up. His different appearance meant not many people could accept him, especially at school. As someone who goes to school, this story is really relatable and heartwarming. Even if it is less severe, we have all been in his position before; having to go to school with something embarrassing, whether it was a cast on your arm or a botched haircut. This book lets me know that it will turn out to be alright, and that someone is always out there for you. Wonder is directed at younger audiences, so if you are reading this as a teen for the first time, it may not have as much of an impact. I would still recommend this book to anyone feeling insecure. 4/5 -@Platypus of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is about a boy named August that has some facial differences. The differences made it difficult for him to go to school because he was afraid that people would make fun of him. But when his parents tell him that he is going to school, on the first day of grade six he is skeptical because of how others will treat him. But after realizing that school isn’t as bad as it seems he starts to like it. I give this book 4 stars because it isn’t the type of book I usually read but it was still very good for the type of book that it is. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes heartfelt stories. 4 stars
@Gasenic of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Wonder, written by RJ Palacio, has multiple flaws but is still a heartwarming and often relatable tale that's worth reading. The message it aims to convey is terrific - never be ashamed of yourself, and release the concept of 'fitting in.' However, the execution isn't as punchy, though it sounds fabulous on paper. The book wants to be fresh but struggles to subvert many cliches. For the longest time, the novel doesn't become anything more than a typical teen-drama, thereby compromising the freshness. Many characters feel forced, especially a character that seems to fulfil the requirement of an antagonist. However, Wonder does have its moments. The novel gives more than enough to root for the protagonist, Auggie, and thankfully, never sentimentalizes his character. I loved how the novel explored how Auggie's condition affected the people around him, so it doesn't become overly gazed upon by the protagonist for sentimental value. This is also a very fresh narrative style that allows the novel to become strong on its own terms. The film also stays faithful to the time with some fun touches, like the fact that he owns an Xbox and enjoys the Star Wars films. Overall, Wonder is far from being perfect, but it's an enjoyable read. Rating: 3/5
@SSGDP of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The main character of 'Wonder' is a boy who was born with facial disfigurement, his name is August Pullman. He has to learn how to survive at his new middle school, and cope with the outside world. His friends are Charlotte, Jack and Summer. August is a kind, shy boy. Isabel, August's mother, is kind, caring, and is very patient with him. She was once a children book illustrator, but stopped her work to care for August when he was born. I really like this book, it is a tearjerker. This novel is unique in exploring the difficulties that many people with physical deformities have when interacting with the outside world. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wouldn't mind a coming of age story.
@Subsub of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 17, 2021

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a heartwarming book about accepting yourself the way you are. It follows Auggie Pullman’s journey through his first year at school. He has a facial deformity and faces trouble accepting himself and making friends because of his face. The book shares different perspectives including Auggie’s family and his newly-made friends at his school. Even though he faces bullying, Auggie perseveres to make it through to the end. We see his growth as a person and how he learns to face his difficulties with bravery. I would recommend this book to anyone, from tweens to adults, who loves a heartwarming yet inspiring story. The book has a beautiful moral to love yourself, and you will most certainly not regret reading it.

Apr 11, 2021

"Wonder" by Palacio, RJ is a wonderful, heartfelt story about a boy, Auggie Pullman, who was born with facial deformity. Throughout the course of the story, he encounters challenges within school that develop his character overtime. This book teaches you to be accepting of everyone and makes you realize how fortunate you really are. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun and interesting read.

Apr 10, 2021

This book is filled with many heartwarming and empathetic moments. This is definitely one of my favorite childhood books, because the plot relates to so many people that are actually living through it in real life. It's about a boy who has disabilities, which makes it difficult for him in school. He learns how to ignore others and focus on himself when others make fun of him. One thing really unique about this story is that it shows the story through perspectives of different characters. This helped me gain an insight on what everybody was thinking and why they thought that, which really helped my understanding of the book.

This book is sweet and delivers a story that will leave readers with a warm heart and positive message. It's a great read for young children as well, and as a kid who loved reading this is one of my favorites. Auggie is inspirational as he struggles with his deformity and fitting in, which in truth is what all of us strive for as well.

Mar 10, 2021

i read this book to fulfil the goal read a book about body positivity. the book itself was just ok. not really great but definately not bad. I loved it though as i was reading this book my 2nd grader curled up in my lap and said mom, i think i know that book. is that the one where the boy looked all funny but he was really nice and he had a nice dog and it teaches you that it doesn't matter what you look like on the outside and that all you need is to be a really great friend. we then we on to have an amazing conversation about the book. It made this book hold a special place in my heart as the first one my son and i ever talked about outside of a school assignment or a prompting from me.

Mar 08, 2021

Wonder, by R.J Palacio, follows the story of August Pullman who was born with a facial deformity that made it hard for him to attend a real school. This story follows him as he enters the fifth grade and how students treat him because of his deformity. The story is written in a way where different students and different family members can show what they were thinking and why they were thinking it. This literary device creates an intricately woven story about coming to age and facing the world about who you are. This book was amazing, I would recommend this book to the age group of 8 and up.

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Dec 09, 2019

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

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.

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."

Oct 22, 2016

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

Jul 18, 2016

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

Jun 23, 2016

Auggie, you are a wonder, my wonder.

Jun 23, 2016

"You are a wonder Auggie, my wonder"

Jun 15, 2016

" Not just the nature of kindness, but the nature of one's kindness. The power of ones friendship. The test of one's character. The strength of ones courage."

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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.

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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Jun 23, 2016


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....

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.

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.

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

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.

Jul 09, 2015

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

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Jan 02, 2019

Other: DONT USE THE WORD retarded AT ALL

Apr 12, 2018

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

Jun 22, 2017

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

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