WONDER

by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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    • 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 read this book because my daughter was reading it for school. Not long into it, I realized I was reading a masterpiece, one of the finest books I had read of any kind for some time.One mark of a true classic is that it seems somehow like it always must have existed, in precisely the form that one encounters it. That's the way I felt while reading this -- it read so easily, almost inevitably, as though somehow the story arose from some universal shared unconscious.Wonder is the story of Auggie Pullman, who suffers from manibulofacial dysostosis, a rare condition of abnormality in the bone development of his face. The story begins with his family's efforts to finally shift him from home schooling to a real middle school, which to date he has been prevented from attending on account of his time spent recovering from various surgeries. The tale is told through various perspectives starting with Auggie's, who shares with us how he has had to become accustomed to the look of shock that comes over even kind people's faces when they first see him. The parents are naturally anxious about how he will be received by the other students, and wonder whether he will be able to experience true friendship.Wonder is a brisk, accessible read because it is presented in the form of the thoughts of the characters, with no extended, meandering narration to wade through. A couple of aspects struck me as making it an especially remarkable book.One is how the book doesn't dwell solely on Auggie's struggle alone. Of course Auggie has the roughest time of it. But it's of course also very rough for his parents for obvious reasons, and also on his sister, for the perhaps less obvious reason that she has had to receive less of her parents' attention than she otherwise would, due to Auggie's needs. She finds herself in the awkward situation of many of her own needs not being fully met, and feeling the reality of that, but also not feeling that she is entitled to resent it.Another aspect that makes this book a treasure is how much one can't help but love several of the characters. Auggie's drawn an unlucky hand in life, but he's also been dealt some advantages: he is a smart, capable student, and has a sharp sense of humor that delights those who bother to get to know him. He also is lucky for some of the remarkable people around him: his parents, his sister Via, the remarkable middle school director Mr. Tushman, his English teacher Mr. Browne, Via's friend Miranda who adores Auggie, and two wonderful friends from school, Summer and Jack Will. Jack Will in particular grabbed my heart - a boy of modest means amid more affluent classmates, who suffers socially for his friendship with Auggie. Sometimes the book seems to depict an almost unrealistically good world, in that the fortitude of so many brave, kind people overcomes the hostile social forces surrounding Auggie. Realistic or not, it's certainly a compelling world.Finally, the book is filled with moments of wonderful insight. Jack Will's mother is sacrificing enormously to send him to an expensive school, but the only thing that seems to truly trouble her is when she fears for a moment her children would be less than kind to someone else. Via helps Auggie to understand that, however great his challenge, he cannot live a truly fulfilling life until he realizes that other people too have problems that, if not as great as his, are nevertheless worth his compassion. Mr. Browne presents words to live by that are for the reader's benefit as much as Auggie's. And I so wish every school could have a Mr. Tushman as its head. He shrewdly understands the dynamics surrounding Auggie, and applies a subtle, yet powerful loving hand in helping Auggie triumph over adversity.Wonder is a book that, once read, will never leave your heart and memory.
    • My 5th grader has craniofacial anomalies and I feel that this book could not have been better written. RJ Palacio caught Auggie's voice so well and captured his challenges and strengths so beautifully that I still can't believe that she doesn't have a child who is living this life. I'm not going to try to summarize the story as many other reviewers have done that - I just want to talk about the emotional resonance of the work.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.
    • 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.
    • 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.