WONDER

by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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    • Great lessons about kindness and familial love in this story for kids about a boy named August who was born with a genetically caused cranio-facial abnormality. Despite all the countless surgeries he's had by age 10, and even though Auggie covers as much of his face as he can with his hair and a hat, still strangers everywhere react to his appearance with horror and fear. Auggie's mom home-schooled him up until this point, but as the book begins he considers attending a regular fifth grade class. It's a very high-level subject presented in a kid-friendly format (each section narrated by somebody different, headed with a wonderfully apt quote or lyric, and filled with short sub-sections just a couple pages long each).I used to go to a DMV that employed a man who appeared to have suffered disfiguring burns all over his face, though most of it was covered by a bright green mask, so that only his mouth and extremely expressive eyes were exposed to view. His job was to circulate amongst the throngs out front (this was in Manhattan) making sure people on line had a pen and the correct forms. One day my roommate came home in a rage about how awful the DMV was, what with the wait, the crowds, the rudeness, and the burned guy. This particular roommate was pretty much always in a rage about something, and for years I'd made excuses for her to rationalize our friendship, but in this case I remember wondering wtf? Not long after, we parted ways and I've heard through a mutual friend that she's since married and has three boys. I hope those boys will read this book so that it counteracts whatever's wrong with their mom.
    • 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.
    • Excellent story! Written about a 5th grade boy, and written on a level easily understood by a 5th grader. I read this nightly to my 4th & 5th grade grandchildren. We all enjoyed it.The book is about a boy with facial deformities. After being homeschooled his entire life, he is now entering the 5th grade at an actual school. His 5th grade year will be challenging and rewarding, not only for him but the others students and his family as well.The beginning chapters are told through the mind of August, the boy with deformities. Later, the point of view changes to friends and family of August. This was a wonderful surprise. Getting into the minds of multiple characters was exactly what we the readers wanted!
    • I've worked with children and adults with disabilities almost my entire life. I've seen the struggles and hardships they go through because they're different on the outside. I have a list of many things wrong with me that put myself on that disability list as well. Mine are all "invisible illnesses." I honestly can't tell you which is harder, to be stared at because you're in a wheelchair or to be stared at because you're in your 20's using the scooter at Wal-Mart and it looks like there's nothing wrong with you. You get stared at and looks, nasty or otherwise, either way. The portrayal of what happens to a boy with a very noticeable abnormality is so wonderfully written, that I don't have the words to accurately describe it. The different points of view from people in Auggie's life is raw and completely honest. This book is very well written. I cheated and watched the movie 1st but can tell you that both are very similar, which is an amazing feat in itself, and both do an indescribable job of showing and telling everyone's feelings. For a 1st book, I have to say you knocked it out of the park! Great book, and also great movie, I would highly recommend both to anyone!!!!
    • Loved it!!!I think this quote from the book sums up this book very well"Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world"I would like to give this book a standing ovation. It is wonderfully written and full of messages about being kind. It is a children's book but one that is loved by adults for it's message.Ten year old "Auggie" was born with a facial deformity and was home schooled until he begins school in the Fifth grade at his Mother's gentle urging. Throughout the book we are told the shocking and cruel reactions people have to seeing Auggie's face. It is understandable why Halloween is his favorite Holiday and why he wore the helmet for so long. It also shows how this effects him, his self esteem and how he views himself. It is no wonder that he is anxious about beginning school. This is a big change for him, but he is not the only one who encounters change when he begins school. WE see how both he and his peers adjust to him attending school. We see how children, like adults, can be both cruel and kind. I loved Auggie's gentle strength, sense of humor and courage. Throughout this book, I rooted for Auggie but I also rooted for the other characters as well. One part that stood out for me was when his father told him that he loved his face. It was a beautiful conversation.This book is told from various character's POV. This really worked for me. I especially liked his sister's POV chapters.