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Wonder Hardcover – February 14, 2012
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The sheer truth of Auggie's journey is what meant the most to me. There are so many small moments that struck me to the core - e.g. Auggie's feelings about Halloween, the way Auggie has an easier time when his classmates understand that there's more to him than his face, Auggie's struggle to move past his need for coddling, even the food that Auggie eats. The most emotional moment for me came toward the end of the book when Auggie's father tells him that he loves the way Auggie looks, because that it exactly how my husband and I feel about our son.
I wish that everyone would read this book, because it will help them understand the humanity of my son and everyone like him.
Auggie is a fifth grader. His face is so badly deformed, he spends much of his preschool years hiding under a toy astronaut helmet. When he starts attending school for the first time, he makes enemies and friends, enduring the worst kind of taunts and enjoying the best kinds of friendships.
WONDER is Auggie's story, but it's also ours. WONDER captures the dual nature of childhood, both how cruel and how tender we can be with one another. It's about the wounds we inflict and the scars we carry, all the things that teach us to do things differently the next time.
WONDER is the kind of story made for curling up and sharing, for talking and connecting. WONDER is worth talking about.
August may not look like an ordinary kid, but he loves to do things that ordinary kids like to do such as play games, joke with friends, and do things with family. He was born with a facial malformation and has undergone extensive, painful surgeries that have eventually improved many factors of this life. However, the kids at his new school don't understand why August is different. As August says, "They were just being normal dumb kids."
You see August has been home schooled by his mother all his life and she finally decided that it may be beneficial for August to go to school and try to interact with kids his own age. At first, he wasn't thrilled with the idea, but he made a few friends and he really liked going to school, until he runs into some problems that may change his mind.
This book is ultimately about August and how life effects him and is not only written in his point of view, but in other points of view such as his sister Via, his new friend Jack and Summer and others he meets on the way which are very important to the story as well.
How can I express my feelings for this book? It is funny, moving and thought provoking. It is wonderfully written and the characters are real. I recommend that everyone of all ages read this book and hopefully it will make you reflect on your life and how you feel about yourself and others. One could only hope to become the person that August is. August is COOL BEANS!
Thank you to R.J. Palacio, Random House Children's Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
As we watch him and his classmates grow it is gratifying that none of them are as cruel and heartless as we all know modern children can be. You will tear up and stand up and cheer as you follow along with the life of August, his friends, his sister, her friends and how everyone is affected by what happens in August's life. Yes, everyone deserves a standing ovation, at least once in their lives
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What an eye opening story about "differentness". Touching and keeps me reading. Great for all ages.Published 9 hours ago by Gitta D
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Even as an adult, it reminds us we should be spreading a bit more kindness around and look to the inside of one another.Published 1 day ago by cj
A very moving story. How the story was told by all those who knew the main character and how he affected them was well done. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Melvin
I loved it, it is funny, entretaining and moving. See the world through a very special kid eyes and how he face his day to day in a "wonderfull" wayPublished 1 day ago by Liliana
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