WONDER

by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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    • This wonderfully inspirational story has helped my middle school students to remember that, as people, we all struggle with many things in our lives and are very blessed by the friends and families who love and support us in our lives. We continue to revisit the story as we think about and discuss the daily precepts from the second book. This is a must have book set in every household, counseling or therapist's office and every classroom.
    • Ten year old August “Auggie’” Pullman lives with his dad Nate, mom Isabel, older sister Olivia (Via), and pet dog Daisy in the North River Heights community of Manhattan, NY. While he thinks of himself as an ordinary kid who likes Star Wars and Xbox, Auggie was born with "mandibulofacial dysotosis," often equated with Treacher Collins syndrome, a facial disfigurement that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. His jarring facial anomalies and the 27 surgeries to deal with them have caused him to be what some call “deformed” and others a “freak.” As a result, he has been homeschooled all his life, but his parents now think that it is time for him to head to a regular school for fifth grade and enroll him at Beecher Prep Middle School. He makes some friends like Jack Will, Charlotte Cody, and Summer Dawson, but also some enemies like Julian Albans. Meanwhile, Via is having her own difficulties adjusting to high school, estrangement from her best friend Miranda Navas, and a new boyfriend named Justin. The story begins with Auggie’s point of view, but the plot is carried on from there by his sister, a couple of his classmates, Via’s boyfriend, and Miranda. Will Auggie make it through fifth grade? How is his relationship with his sister affected? And what happens to Auggie and his friends at the fifth grade three day nature retreat in Pennsylvania? Author R. J. Palacio, pen name of Raquel Jaramillo, wrote Wonder after an incident where she and her three-year-old son were waiting in line to buy ice cream. Her son noticed a girl with a severe facial deformity and started to cry. There are a few references to farting and peeing and some childish kidding about names like Mr. Tushman or Miss Butt, but beyond this, the terms “O God” and “O Lord” are commonly used as interjections. However, the book has a powerful message that promotes tolerance and opposes bullying. It has won a number of awards. We recently watched the Lionsgate film adaptation directed by Stephen Chbosky, written by Steve Conrad and Jack Thorne, and starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay, that was released in 2017. We enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read the novel. A few critics didn’t like it, saying that “it's just not a totally believable story,” and that “none of the characters ring true.” The movie is a little easier to follow because it carries the story straight through rather than jumping between different narrators, but, while the book may not be perfect, I tend to agree with the reviewer who wrote, ”It's well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, Wonder touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever."
    • A touching story and one of those books I just couldn't put down. Auggie is a lovable little boy from the very beginning and, despite his facial deformities, he bravely endures the hallways of his new school and the unending supply of stares and whispers. I like how tough he could be when he had to be, and at the same time funny and charming even while most of his fellow classmates treated him like the Plague. It was good to see the profound impact he ends up having on Beecher Prep as well as a satisfying standing ovation. The various character views are expertly written, and it's easy to get drawn into each person's world. The style is skilled and descriptive, and yet easy enough for my seven-year-old son to enjoy (he read it in school and begged for his own copy). Definitely a must-read for all ages.
    • First - Parents need to know that Wonder is about young boy, August Pullman, who has a congenital facial abnormality who has to cope with a range of reactions to his unusual appearance. Some kids use hateful language, and some people suggest that Auggie is mentally deficient. However, goodness wins out, and readers should find it inspiring and uplifting. Author R.J. Palacio writes the book in multiple voices -- Auggie's, some of his friends', his sister's -- and the different points of view are mostly very well-realized and show the inner feelings of the different characters. Wonder by RJ Palacio was astonishing! I think the book was for grades fifth-eighth grade, and adults would like it. This book can teach many different lessons. The one that stood out to me was not to judge by the way someone looked but by the inner character of that person. It is one of the most moving books I have read in a long time, and I am still pretty amazed at how the author wove so much complexity into a story for middle schoolers.Take home messages included, you can count on your parents even if things get tough, sometimes people make mistakes and deserve second chances, sometimes you just have to suck it up and endure and most importantly, in general, things change over time.
    • Though this book was written targeting Junior High students, we adults, me a past teacher of fifth grade, could feel the many emotions demonstrated in this fine book. Our Readers Club is discussing this at our May monthly meeting and I know it will be good discussion. With all of the publicity about bullying, I would make this a "Must Read" in the classrooms of 5th and 6th graders. I believe that even the most extreme trouble maker would take a second look at himself. Extremely well done emphasizing family values, personal choices and the power of the human spirit.