Wonder (Hardcover)

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Everyone should read this book! It has a great lessons in compassion, acceptance and friendship for all ages. August (Auggie) Pullman is about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep.  He's a great kid... fun-loving, intelligent and inquisitive... much like any other fifth grader.  Except for one thing.  His face is deformed to the point that small children cry and run away when they see him.  He's never been to school with other kids before because his many surgeries and medical issues have prevented it. Now he has decided to give it a try.  In Wonder we learn about his experience in fifth grade through many eyes, from Auggie, his sister Via,  and several of his classmates, and the challenges each of them face.  It is a hearbreaking and heartwarming story, I highly recommend it.

— Sharon

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“This is one of the most uplifting stories to come along in a while. Fifth-grader Auggie is a normal kid, except that he has been homeschooled till now because of a facial deformity that he has had since birth. This is a story of acceptance -- a story about going beyond the surface to get to know someone. Great family and classmate relationships ring true and make this a story that can make you both laugh and cry, and one you will never forget.”
— Becky Anderson, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL

Description


"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
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August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school--until now. He's about to start 5th 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 written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, "Wonder" is accessible to readers of all levels.

"From the Hardcover edition."

About the Author


R. J. PALACIO lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. "Wonder" is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it. "From the Hardcover edition."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780370332284
Publisher: Bodley Head
Publication Date: March 2012