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Wonder

Palacio, R. J. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Wonder


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Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Authors: Palacio, R. J.
Statement of Responsibility: by R.J. Palacio
Title: Wonder
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2012
Characteristics: 315 p. ;,22 cm.
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It seems like the punctuation in Justin's point of vue in the book is incorrect. Also there is not one word with a capitol at all in his point of vue. Other than that I really seemed to enjoy this book and would recommend to anyone of all ages.

Report This Mar 21, 2014
  • andreas1111 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyable. One of those relatively rare kids books that are 100% worth reading as an adult. There is a strong message here but it does not overwhelm the story.

Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • coneroz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wonder is instantly a modern classic! As heartbreaking and sad as this book can be at points, it is just as much funny and uplifting! It's an easy read and really makes you think about how often we choose to be kind.

Report This Mar 07, 2014
  • mnakamoo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful book, sweet, kind, good-hearted -- funny & touching.

Report This Feb 25, 2014
  • ksoles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In this memorable tale of courage and kindness, Auggie Pullman frets about beginning fifth grade: how will he fit in to middle school when his features look "like they've been melted, like the drippings of a candle"? Auggie has undergone 27 surgeries to correct facial anomalies but he has still earned such cruel nicknames as "Freak," and "Lizard face." However, he has become inured to people averting their eyes when they see him and he asserts that he feels pretty ordinary inside. Palacio divides her novel into eight parts, interspersing Auggie’s first-person narrative with the voices of family members and classmates. This wisely extends the story beyond Auggie’s viewpoint and demonstrates that Auggie’s arrival at school affects everyone in the community. A thought-provoking story for young adults that depicts both a boy trying to find his place in the world and a world that must make room for difference.

Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • Bearwomyn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite book this month!! I read it fast and furiously. It moved me and brought my tears. A story of a challenged boy, born with ferocious birth defects upon his entire face..."I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse." Our tale begins as he ventures out of home-schooling and into a public school setting for the first time, 5th grade. Several adults attempt to pave his way, to prepare others as to 'how' to receive him in their space...but alas, children are cruel and open and have very few filters. Our boy, August "Auggie" has lived behind this face for 10 years already. He knows the myriad different looks and reactions that people have to him. The quick glance and rush away. The gaping maw of incredulous stare. The scream. The overly smiley smile. He knows he is hard to look at. And he knows people are afraid to touch him or get to close, some primative fear that his ugly might be contagious. He tries very hard not to care. However middle school brings an entirely new layer of challenges as people around him struggle with his differences. Many meet him with cruelty. Some with defense. Some indeed with love. HIs courage sores to Himalayan heights. But the truth is...his face is just a face. Inside, he is just a regular kid. He is inquisitive, excitable, interested...Very bright, funny and kind-hearted. It is a curiosity to me that he is ready to live his life, but those around him work terrifically hard to keep him from doing so (what right do we/they have??!!) One of the things I enjoyed was how the book was presented. It was one story, of one school year, in one community...but presented from several different voices. Auggie's of course, his best friend's, his sister and her beau etc...This approach helps add credence to varied perspectives. Quite rich indeed. We have camping, school plays, locker combinations, monthly precepts, daisy the dog, the bloody scream, science class, Jedi warriors, the plague, lunch ladies, Summer and a torn boy with two first names. We are left with the precept posed for 10 year old consideration, one that stirs my 46 year old conscience... "Be more kind than necessary."

Report This Feb 03, 2014
  • sakeenam rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such a heart warming story. You will need tissue box by your side.

Report This Jan 15, 2014
  • hmcgivney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sweet book with a nice message about the need for kindness and understanding in the world. I liked that we got to see events from different points of view, not just August. I especially liked Via and her side story.

Report This Jan 03, 2014
  • ISHRAT HOSSAIN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It was a great book. Something out of the norm; with the main character being a ten-year old boy. Interesting!!!

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Report This Jun 01, 2013
  • ginger___lee1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was about a little boy with a gene that made his face deformed. It describes his first days at school and how he copes. There are some sad parts in the book but it is one of those reads that makes you feel good after you read it and it really makes you enjoy what you have.

Report This Jul 17, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Have the tissues nearby as you read this heartwarming tale about August “Auggie” Pullman, a ten year old boy heading to school for the first time, after being unable to previously attend due to his twenty seven plus surgeries medically necessary to correct the genetic condition he was born with that basically renders him without a face. Well, ok, he does sort of have a face, but it’s one that frightens people the minute they set their eyes upon it. As Auggie describes it – he has - partial cauliflower ears halfway down his face that look like a newborn’s clenched fist sticking out the side of his head, sunken cheeks atop melted wrinkled skin, and eyes that are mismatched and slanted in a drooping, yet bulging way. Auggie is used to the stares and whispers of strangers on the street but now that he’s enrolled in school like all the other “normal” ten year olds, can he actually just be a normal kid and just be Auggie? Because to him, that’s all he is, a ten year old boy aching to fit in and make some friends, but will the other students at Beecher Prep be able to look past his face and see him for whom he really is? This story takes you from September to June of Auggie’s fifth grade year and you will laugh and cry alike. A great read for anyone looking for a wonderful story. Reviewed by DH

Report This Feb 21, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Auggie Pullman has never had to go to school with other kids. Lucky him you say? Not so much. You see, Auggie’s a great kid. Loves his Star Wars and his Xbox and all the other stuff kids are into. He also has had more surgeries than most people go through in an entire lifetime, and he’s only in the fifth grade. Born with severe birth defects that have rendered his face very different from that of other kids he’s been homeschooled for years. Now, at long last, he has a chance to go to a small school near his home for the first time. He’s always had to deal with people treating him differently. The real question is whether or not he can get them to look beyond his face to see how he’s just the most ordinary kid you ever did know.

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For a second, I imagined how cool it would be... To have all these people standing up and cheering for me. I think it should be a rule that everyone gets a standing ovation at least once in their life.

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  • nanajoe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Shall we make a new rule of life ... always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?"

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"that's miranda?"................................ "it's not miranda...it's via."

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  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” same quote as bird but it has a lot of meaning into it.

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Jack, sometimes you don’t have to be mean to hurt someone.”

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“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“The universe takes care of all its birds.”

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