WONDER

by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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  • @despanol203 @johnny_scirocco @kimikoko73 @longsteez @nbcsnl @DanCrenshawTX Good god, you revel in your ignorance.… https://t.co/cTXsvOR6Ss
  • @AlexLolbit Lol no wonder your face looks like a book.
  • @WSJ I wonder what the book Mesothelioma publishes when she’s out will entail; plagiarism and nudes????
  • @frank__lenny I wonder if they’ll have Michelle Obama’s new book and James Baldwin
  • Fall 2018 Book Recommendations from @designcrush! Includes I Wonder by Marian Bantjes https://t.co/OfnZDWyRN5 https://t.co/vTkTqWDT7W
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    What people are saying on Amazon (sample)

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • I was looking for a good, clean story to listen to during a summer road trip, and I found this. I loved it so much I felt I had to write a review. Auggie's story is perfectly well-written, thoughtfully told, and so inspiring. Auggie, the fifth grader at the heart of the story, was born with a craniofacial deformity which stilts all his relationships and causes him no small amount of social stigma. Auggie will be attending school for the first time, and the book tells Aggie's story through his perspective and those of his friends and family as he triumphs over his middle school challenges. I came away more determined to see past the outward appearance and look more to the heart of those around me, to look out for those around me needing a helping hand, and to be a friend to all. #choosekind