- 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 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10,027 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Wonder is the story of August Pullman, an ordinary ten-year-old boy at heart, who was born with a severe facial abnormality and has had numerous surgeries. He has been homeschooled up to this point, where his parents have decided to put him in private school. He has spent his life being judged by others in regard to his appearance, but has also been protected in a sense by his family from even greater exposure. So we take this journey with August and those in his life as he is exposed to the kindness and cruelties at the hands of children and adults alike. The topic of this story is already quite compelling and special. But beyond that, the author's approach, not just using August's perspective, but also utilizing perspectives from his sister, friends, and acquaintances, creates a touching, well-rounded journey through August's first year at private school, and is a story that will stay with you.
My family and I were touched by the importance of this book in so many regards on how we treat each other, how we judge each other, and how our actions reflect on our children's actions. We had some wonderful discussions and additionally had the opportunity to meet the author, which was a real treat for my kids and me. I must repeat myself and say, I highly recommend Wonder.
Additionally, the newest version of Wonder contains The Julian Chapter, and I recommend reading that as well. It is a great addition to the story and gives new perspective on Julian and his outcome. It's also quite touching and made reading aloud quite difficult at one point because I was trying to not become a blubbering mess in front of my children. Trust me - Read it.