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The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

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Length: 85 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 3–6—Palacio revisits Julian, the most disliked character from her debut novel, Wonder (Knopf, 2012). When Auggie Pullman first entered Beecher Prep, Julian was one of the students chosen to help him navigate the new school. Instead, Julian went out of his way to make life miserable for Auggie. But why? Was he just a bully or was there something else going on? And did he ever feel bad about his actions? Although it starts off predictably enough, Julian's story is full of surprises that emphasize the overall theme of compassion, not only for the victim, but also for the bully. Children will learn an important lesson about walking in another's footsteps when they discover what really motivates Julian's actions. Listeners may want to reread Wonder to refresh their memories. The narration by Michael Chamberlain is exceptional in capturing the whiny angst and defiance of a preteen child, while also managing to inject convincing notes of sincerity where appropriate. Schools who already have the first book will definitely want to add this follow-up to their collections, as it and Wonder are excellent character education resources for students and teachers.—Michaela Schied, Indian River Middle School, Philadelphia, NY

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To prime fans of Wonder (2012) for the upcoming 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts (2014), Palacio has dropped this bite-size, but still tear-tugging, Kindle Single. Readers know Julian as the bully who gave the facially deformed Auggie a hard time, but this story shines light on Julian so that his blacks and whites become shades of gray. Julian, who delivers his story in exclamation point–filled prose, is revealed to be an emotional kid prone to nightmares, and Palacio allows that some kids would be flat-out scared by Auggie’s looks. Julian’s shock upon first meeting Auggie is almost inexpressible: “Dude! Dude! Dude! Dude! Dude! Dude! Dude! Dude!” Given Julian’s personality, the notes he writes Auggie feel less relentlessly cruel and more the acts of a kid who doesn’t think things through; Julian is shocked to hear himself described as a bully. It’s his parents who guide the rest of his story, taking up arms against the school with Julian as a mere bystander, and this, more than anything, will earn readers’ sympathy. Palacio hits her “choose kind” message hard enough to border on didacticism and the plot has a brick-by-brick linearity, but she remains a wonderfully readable and expressive author. This feels as if it is excised straight from Wonder, making it a perfect addition. Grades 5-8. --Daniel Kraus

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Tails32x on May 13, 2014
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I was worried that The Julian Chapter would ruin the magic of Wonder. For the uninitiated, Wonder is a YA novel for middle school students about a boy, August, with a several facial disfigurement. Wonder functions as a story about bullies, but also what it is to be a normal kid in abnormal circumstances. The main antagonist (bully) of that story is Julian. Different perspectives are revealed throughout Wonder from Auggie's to his sister to his supposed best friend. The Julian Chapter is Julian's perspective on the events that unfolded, and I was worried that his story would be too human and justify his actions; thankfully, R.J. Palacio has managed to create a cautionary tale, not only to bullies, but to the parents of bullies who often justify their children's horrible actions.

As a kindle single, the book is easily digested in a single sitting. The book stands at a scant 84 pages, and the text seems like a natural extension of the book's events. While some of the mystique around Julian is lost, receiving the other perspective could be argued as valuable. On some level, I wanted Julian to just be a rotten kid, and there may be too much time spent on why he is so rotten to Auggie, but after the initial revelation of Julian's nightmares is revealed, Julian begins to reveal his intentions to be mean to Auggie. Often they're often as horrible to read about in this as they were in Wonder.

In a moment of brilliance, R.J. Palacio reveals Julian as a remarkably unreliable narrator. He reveals information about the events slowly and often after they occurred. If you're like me and it has been a while since you have read Wonder, the events will resurface with vivid horror, and Julian's callousness is as sharp and horrific as it ever was.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Bean on May 13, 2014
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Wow. This will take some time to process for me as I had hated Julian in Wonder. He was such an unlikable character, and such a bully to Auggie. How could such a repellent character have any redeeming qualities? However, in The Julian Chapter, we find out more about Julian and why he had problems with Auggie from the beginning. He really doesn't grow emotionally until near the end of the book when he learns about his grandmother's childhood and his namesake. Perhaps his parents are a bit overprotective and his mother definitely seems to be a helicopter parent. They coddle him and know he can do no wrong. Once he has some time to mature on his own, he manages to bloom.

I wanted to hate Julian through the entire chapter, but I couldn't. I wound up understanding him and learning that I still have to work to choose to be kind.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By a normal teenager who likes to read on May 13, 2014
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this book was not what I was expecting. since I read the first book, wonder and since I knew it was from the perspective of a contrasting character. I was expecting the book to be told in a let's say "braty" way. my prediction was totally wrong. I loved the way the the book played out and liked how it was told from Julians perspective. Even though it wasn't what I was expecting I still loved it. and I will probably read it again and again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2014
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Thank you for this chapter. It was nice. I have thought a lot about Julian and this book brings closure. I wondered what he was thinking and if he was ever going to change. I thought about his parents and wondered if they would ever change. The world is a better place because of Auggie. Thank you, I enjoyed it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mari Runkle on May 14, 2014
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I loved almost as good as wonder it answered lots of questions I had after reading wonder it was worth the time and money to read it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ching-yi Hu on July 24, 2014
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When I purchased this chapter, I have to admit I didn't know what to expect. If Julian would be the person we all thought he was in Wonder. How he would react to Jack's misdemeanor. What his perspective would show me. I didn't think The Julian Chapter would offer so much. So I was intrigued when I read his story.
Palacio really outdid it this time! I had always thought Julian was a… well, let's admit it. I had always thought Julian was a jerk. Had always known that most of Auggie's tears were caused by him. What I didn't know was Julian's reasons were for being so harsh to Auggie. Now I know, due to Palacio's brilliant idea of bringing Julian to life.
Though this short book is at a simple length of 85 pages and could be read in one sitting(less than an hour), I felt satisfied when Julian decided to apologize to Auggie. And for the millionth time I'd praised Palacio for her work, which was so well done. There's a reason why I feel flummoxed by reviewers that rated it less than four stars. I understand that the book length and lousy narrating is some areas of the book would downgrade it to four stars.
But Palacio: Bravo, bravo! Not only has she created such a richly written world, she's made me a better person by showing me what the world can contian an what I can do to help the people in it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By georgelucas1014 on July 23, 2014
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I simply loved Wonder. It was my best read for the summer. Unfortunately, the sequel "The Julian Chapter" doesn't even come close to approaching the soaring height Wonder brought the reader.
Where the characters and situation in Wonder were believable, the Julian chapter is contrived. It's almost as if a different author wrote the sequel.
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