- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
- Series: Wonder
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (February 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375869026
- ISBN-13: 978-0375869020
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9,242 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, February 2012: Wonder is a rare gem of a novel--beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, ordinary except for his jarring facial anomalies. Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience--something we learn about first-hand through the narratives of those who orbit his world. August’s internal dialogue and interactions with students and family ring true, and though remarkably courageous he comes across as a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself. “It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” From The Little Prince and R.J. Palacio’s remarkable novel, Wonder.--Seira Wilson
From School Library Journal
August, nicknamed Auggie, is a 10-year-old with a facial deformity that causes others to avoid and even shun him. When he enters a mainstream school, Auggie must learn to cope with difficult new situations and new people. The narrative is told from the perspectives of Auggie, his new friends, his sister, and her boyfriend. Steele's Auggie is raspy, quick, and delivered in a conversational tone, while Rudd and Podehl give a full range of vocal performances that bring the remaining characters to full light. α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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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.
So why only three stars? I am the mother of a teenage girl with developmental disabilities. I bought the book because neighborhood children, that have included my daughter for years and been friendly to her in previous summers, have moved on and are no longer desiring her company. It was inevitable, but I wanted to help her see that others have difficult social situations and have a harder time fitting in and being accepted for who they are. The problem is that there are several references in the book to the fact that August doesn't have special needs. When I read certain parts to my daughter, I felt like it was a further insult to her situation ... like if Auggie had special needs, than acceptance by the school and other kids would be a different matter, but since it is a craniofacial abnormality and not special needs, August should be accepted.
It just "rubbed salt in the wounds" so to speak. And, I think the book could have been easily written without those references to "Auggie not having special needs." It is pretty clear that he is a smart kid without these direct references.
My summary is that it is an excellent book, but it may not be the best choice if you are trying to help your special needs child see that other kids have difficulty with acceptance too.
I think Wonder is an amazing book.
It starts with a boy named August Pullman.
When August was born, it looked like he had been in a fire. Something was wrong with his face.
He had cleft palate. In order to protect August, his mother chose to homeschool him.
Until he was ten, his mother decided that August should go to school because it was beyond her ability to teach August. In my opinion, parents always want to protect their children until they are ready to take care of themselves.
Therefore, August’s parents chose a school for him and the principle of August’s new school is Mr.Tushman. When I think of Tushman, I think of sushi because Tushman sounds like sushi.
In order to help August adjust to the new environment, he asked some students to take August and show him around the school.
One of the students asked August “what’s the deal of your face? I mean were you in a fire or something”. August was silent. I think the reason that August did not reply to the question is that he was used to these kinds of questions about his face. The question was from other children’s curiosity and it is a first step for August to enter into a new chapter of his life. Even though he faced many challenges, he still survived.
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