WONDER

by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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    • Wonderful read. Insightful and encourages all to look at a person's heart not outward appearance. I bought this book for my granddaughter, age 10, who lives in WA. and myself, who lives in MO to read together this summer. It was a great way to stay connected over the miles and discuss the characters and events in the book. We are all truly a Wonder :)
    • 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.
    • Here is a summary of what the book is about. "I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse." August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up till now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.Staring 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid-but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face.Wow what an amazing book. I am so glad I bought it.It is truly an inspirational story. It has great life lessons throughout the story.This book is a little reminder to always choose kindness and also not to judge people.If we all choose kindness the world would be a better place.If I could I would give this book a 20 stars rating or more.Happy Reading Everyone!
    • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING BOOK!!! Please disregard all reviews less than 5 stars! This book should be required reading for every human being who lives on the planet! I'm a 54 year old grandfather who served in the Marine Corps (just for a little context). I'm not an emotional person but this book was incredibly moving. R. J. Palacio...I can't believe how she so accurately and consistently pegs human nature. The book is a "novel" - yeah right! This is real life! This is truly like it is. If you ever desired to be a better person, this book can help you start the journey!
    • "'If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.'"I love to read and am always on the lookout for new books to read. I had seen this one awhile ago but decided not to read it at the time because I have so many books I want to read. My twins' school is reading this collectively and I wanted to read it along with them so I decided to purchase my own copy so I would know what they were talking about and could help explain the book. I ended up reading ahead and just finished it. It was so good and I wish I had read it sooner, it was that good!August Pullman is truly an ordinary kid in every way you would think of a ten-year-old boy, except for one thing. He was born with a deformed face and, despite many surgeries, he doesn't quite look "normal." His mom has homeschooled him so that he doesn't have to be out in the world. Now it's time for Auggie to enter fifth grade and his mom is really pushing for him to go to public school. Middle school is hard enough for any kid and Auggie and all of the students, faculty, and staff at Beecher Prep will learn about the power of kindness and how it can really affect us.I started reading this book at the same time that I'm also reading it out loud to my five-year-old twins and I couldn't resist reading ahead! The story is engaging, descriptive, emotional at times, and truly heartwarming. I teared up at several parts, both happy and sad. Wonder is told from several characters' viewpoints so it's great to get a broader view of what's going on during the story than just from one character.I would give this book ten stars if I could! I really felt like I was right there with the rest of the kids at Beecher Prep since the writing was so good and engaging. I feel kids and adults of all ages would love to read this book because it is a good reminder that it is important to always be kind to everyone. You just never know how much that kindness will mean to another person!