WONDER

by RJ Palacio

A boy with a facial deformity starts school.

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    • I JUST FINISHED READING WONDER AND, I JUST LOVED IT. WHAT A WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL SWEET CUTE STORY I JUST LOVED AUGGIE AND HIS SISTER AND DOGIE HIS MOM AND DAD. THEY ONLY ONE I DIDN'T LIKE AT ALL WAS JULIAN AND HIS PARENTS EVERYONE WAS NICE TO AUGGIE.MY COPY HAS A YELLOW COVER AND IT WAS PUBLISHED IN ENGLAND BY THE PUBLISHERS YOUNG PEOPLES AND KIDS PUBLISHERS. EVEN THOUGH IT HAS A YELLOW COVER IT IS A NEW ISSUE EDTION OF THE BOOK.THE KIDS EDTION BUT IT IS STILL A WONDERFUL BOOK NO MATTER WHAT EDTION OF THE BOOK YOU BUY WONDER IS WONDERFUL FUNNY, SWEET HEART WARMING, TOUCHING JOY TO READ BOOK AND LIKE ALOT OF PEOPLE I AGREE WONDER SHOULD BE AREADING ASIGNMENT IN SCHOOLS ALL OVER IT HAS THE ONE VERY BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN LONG TIME IT IS SURLEY ONE OF NEW FAVORITE BOOKS NOW HOPE TO SEE THE MOIVE WHEN IT COMES OUT THIS WEEK. I LOVE WONDER FOR EVER AND EVER.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • This book definitely has a powerful message about bullying, but it's just not a totally believable story. This young man has an imagination and thought process that is developed way beyond his young age. It sounds like a young woman trying to write from a young man's perspective. I'd recommend it to young readers but just didn't feel like it lived up to the hype. I actually thought the movie was better than the book (a rarity, in my experience).
    • 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.