by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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    • The kind of book we need more of. Such a sweet story about someone far outside the norm in looks, but exactly the same on the inside. I love that there are Jacks and Summers in the world. I hope I'm teaching my kids to be them. This story really tugs the heartstrings, and will have you alternately crying happy and sad tears.I love the different perspectives the story is told from. I love that we see how Via struggles with the way Auggie's syndromes effect her life; she loves her brother fiercely, no one would doubt that, but it would be hard to be in her shoes at times as well. I love that Jack had a weak moment but redeemed himself. I love that Summer never had a qualm with August or his face. Mr. Tushman is great. There's a lot of good here, and I'm glad I get to share this story with my kids.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • Fast paced and well written, if you're looking for a an amazing story that leaves you smiling and in happy tears, this book is for you. Auggie and his friends are unforgettable and their story will inspire you to always strive to be kind, stick up for what you believe and, to be the kind if friend you'd like to have.
    • 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.