WONDER

by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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    • My son is starting kindergarten this year and he's very nervous and excited about it. I had heard about this book and the premise behind it. I wanted a story to share with my son of another boy who is going to school for the first time. Someone with the same anxieties my son has. Someone who ultimately is thankful for their experience at school. Obviously August has a bit more of a challenge given his physical appearance. But the perseverance, the friendship, and the kindness had really shined in this book. It's stuck with my son. The morals this book touches on are solid ones that I hope stick with my son as he enters his school experience. I know he'll have feelings like August, but I hope what he learned from Jack will also stick with him should he see someone else in need of a friend too. It was a wonderful story. I heard there's a movie in the making as well. Looking forward to seeing it.
    • I am 9 and i liked the book. its good for kids who like to read. The book teaches many lessons witin the storyline. It's excellent. A fun read with a few sad moments.I gave it five stars for kids😊
    • I was looking for a good, clean story to listen to during a summer road trip, and I found this. I loved it so much I felt I had to write a review. Auggie's story is perfectly well-written, thoughtfully told, and so inspiring. Auggie, the fifth grader at the heart of the story, was born with a craniofacial deformity which stilts all his relationships and causes him no small amount of social stigma. Auggie will be attending school for the first time, and the book tells Aggie's story through his perspective and those of his friends and family as he triumphs over his middle school challenges. I came away more determined to see past the outward appearance and look more to the heart of those around me, to look out for those around me needing a helping hand, and to be a friend to all. #choosekind
    • I JUST FINISHED READING WONDER AND, I JUST LOVED IT. WHAT A WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL SWEET CUTE STORY I JUST LOVED AUGGIE AND HIS SISTER AND DOGIE HIS MOM AND DAD. THEY ONLY ONE I DIDN'T LIKE AT ALL WAS JULIAN AND HIS PARENTS EVERYONE WAS NICE TO AUGGIE.MY COPY HAS A YELLOW COVER AND IT WAS PUBLISHED IN ENGLAND BY THE PUBLISHERS YOUNG PEOPLES AND KIDS PUBLISHERS. EVEN THOUGH IT HAS A YELLOW COVER IT IS A NEW ISSUE EDTION OF THE BOOK.THE KIDS EDTION BUT IT IS STILL A WONDERFUL BOOK NO MATTER WHAT EDTION OF THE BOOK YOU BUY WONDER IS WONDERFUL FUNNY, SWEET HEART WARMING, TOUCHING JOY TO READ BOOK AND LIKE ALOT OF PEOPLE I AGREE WONDER SHOULD BE AREADING ASIGNMENT IN SCHOOLS ALL OVER IT HAS THE ONE VERY BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN LONG TIME IT IS SURLEY ONE OF NEW FAVORITE BOOKS NOW HOPE TO SEE THE MOIVE WHEN IT COMES OUT THIS WEEK. I LOVE WONDER FOR EVER AND EVER.
    • 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."