WONDER

by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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    • I don't even know where to begin. I read this book before my 5th grade son starts reading it for school next week. I was so touched and I couldn't put it down. I started in last night and finished this morning. There are so many lessons to be learned from the characters in this book, not just August "Auggie", himself. I can't wait for my son to read this and for us to discuss. One of the most poignant moments in the book comes at the end with the school director stating, "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". - Mr. Tushman, Wonder by R.J. Palacio
    • 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!!!!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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!