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.
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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
The extraordinary #1 "New York Times" bestseller that has captivated over 1 million readers now also includes the bestselling short story "The Julian Chapter." "I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. " August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 "New York Times" bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. "Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of "Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy." In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness" --indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder.
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.