WONDER

by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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    • Now and then I will be attracted to books for the younger set (Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars) and expect that they, like this one, will be a bit simplistic in style, structure and vocabulary. I was attracted to this one by an article in the Wall St. Journal that indicated the publisher anticipated possible sales of 20,000 but the book has sold well over a million copies. The book is the story of a severely deformed boy told from his perspective, his family members and friends as he tries to make it in the fifth grade in a normal school after years of studying at home. Well done lesson in kindness that we all need to be reminded of occasionally, and a most worthy read.
    • Wonder is a book about a boy, August Pullman, who was born with an unusual facial deformity. The some of the story is narrated by the kids featured in the book and their point of view regarding school, being a kid and having a relationship with Auggie, be it a positive relationship or something different.. He has fabulous parents who treat him just like all other kids. In fact, he is just like all other kids. He just looks a bit different maybe to you and I.August tells us about his experience in attending mainstream school for the first time and going into the fifth grade. He tells us about meeting the principal and a few kids for the first time and getting a tour of the school. He tells us about starting school and what it's like being different around so many others. The struggles of being the "new kid" are magnified when you are different. The same changes we made to ourselves in order to fit in Auggie makes as well. The same awkward issues of Middle School that we had Auggie has too. The same challenges we have in making friends Auggie has too. The same challenges some of us have with bullies Auggie has too.This is a "wonder"full story of a boy who is different. Well, he looks different, but he is just the same as you and me. He can be happy, he can be sad. He loves, he hates. He walks, talks, eats, watches video games, plays outside, he goes to school. In some ways many of us can relate to August. Some maybe can't.This is a story of triumph and I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who wants to read a great story about an amazing boy.
    • "'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.'"I love to read and am always on the lookout for new books to read. I had seen this one awhile ago but decided not to read it at the time because I have so many books I want to read. My twins' school is reading this collectively and I wanted to read it along with them so I decided to purchase my own copy so I would know what they were talking about and could help explain the book. I ended up reading ahead and just finished it. It was so good and I wish I had read it sooner, it was that good!August Pullman is truly an ordinary kid in every way you would think of a ten-year-old boy, except for one thing. He was born with a deformed face and, despite many surgeries, he doesn't quite look "normal." His mom has homeschooled him so that he doesn't have to be out in the world. Now it's time for Auggie to enter fifth grade and his mom is really pushing for him to go to public school. Middle school is hard enough for any kid and Auggie and all of the students, faculty, and staff at Beecher Prep will learn about the power of kindness and how it can really affect us.I started reading this book at the same time that I'm also reading it out loud to my five-year-old twins and I couldn't resist reading ahead! The story is engaging, descriptive, emotional at times, and truly heartwarming. I teared up at several parts, both happy and sad. Wonder is told from several characters' viewpoints so it's great to get a broader view of what's going on during the story than just from one character.I would give this book ten stars if I could! I really felt like I was right there with the rest of the kids at Beecher Prep since the writing was so good and engaging. I feel kids and adults of all ages would love to read this book because it is a good reminder that it is important to always be kind to everyone. You just never know how much that kindness will mean to another person!
    • According to Amazon, I bought this book in November of 2012 for myself since my girls were just babies then. The premise of this book draws you in and I had heard so many good things about it from adult readers. Well, the book ended up in my to-be-read pile and I just sort of forgot about it. My eight-year-old and I love reading together. She recently found Wonder on my bookshelf and was interested since there is now a movie out about the book. Wow, I am so glad she chose this book. We devoured it in 2 days over the Thanksgiving holiday. She told me that this may be the best book we have ever read together! High praise indeed because we read a lot.The most powerful part of the book for me is that we get to experience different perspectives, not only of Auggie, but of those around him. The book consisted of different parts written in the voice of Auggie, Auggie’s sister Via, Auggie’s friend Summer, Auggie’s friend Jack, Via’s boyfriend Justin, and Via’s friend Miranda. The book begins and ends with Auggie but getting a glimpse into to the feelings and motivations of those around him changed this from a heartwarming, little story into an insightful treatise on human nature.I highly recommend reading this book with your children. We would all hope that our children turn out like Summer but I do not think just hoping is enough. We need to teach our children what is right. In this book, many of the parents had not learned those lessons either. Summer was not just kind but she was kind in the face of significant peer pressure not to be kind. She was not even unkind to the unkind people, she just kept on quietly doing what was right. Impressive role model for us all. My daughter had a lot of good conversations about this book and as I said, I can not recommend this enough.
    • 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!!!!