Palacio, R. J.

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Random House, Inc.
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has captivated over 1 million readers and inspired a movement to choose kind.

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author ofSticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope.R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves thatyou can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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Be sure to look for R.J. Palacio's upcoming Pluto: A Wonder Story on sale this February!

Baker & Taylor
Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a sparsely written tale about acceptance and self-esteem.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
ISBN: 9780375869020
Branch Call Number: J FICTION PALAC...R
Characteristics: 315 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 19, 2015
  • gusmcrae rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful, engaging story. I was expecting a story from the perspective of only our main character, August, a boy with facial deformities who is entering school for the first time. Instead, I got that, and much more. This book provides a truly 360-view of what life is like for August and for those who know and love him.

Although this is a juvenile novel, this is a story anyone can enjoy. August is a kid who I think most anyone can relate to--who hasn't felt like the odd-man out from time to time, after all? If you have kids, this is a great book for teaching empathy and perspective. This book will also make you laugh and cry. A lot.

I think the only reason I didn't give this story a perfect 5 stars was I felt everyone came together a little bit more neatly than is realistic. There are lots of kids like August who don't have the support he does (and who aren't quite as spunky as he is) and I found myself wondering a story from their perspective might be like.

But all-in-all, it's wonderful to come across such a feel-good and inspiring tale.

I love this book! My favorite part was when the mom had this lady and she made the biggest fart to wake up the doctor and I bet it smelled really baaaaaaad!!!!! Also I like it when they said Mr. Tushi should marry Mrs. Butt and have a baby name butt Tushi.

Dec 23, 2014
  • helena3535 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the best book I've ever read!! It's so amazing that I can read everyone's mind. Feel like I'm a mind reader. Auggie. AWESOME!! :)

Wonder is an amazing book. It’s about this kid called August Pullman with a deformed face, his eyes are where our cheeks are and his ears are like rolled up pizza dough. He has a sister called Via (olivia) his mum is called Isabel and his dad is called Nate,he also has a dog called Daisy.

This book is all about Auggie’s life when he moves from being home schooled by his mum, to going to intermediate school and meeting new friends. His life at his new school doesn’t go as smoothly as he hopes.

The story is told by Auggie, Via and his friends.

The book made me feel like I was Auggie and how he would feel.

The moral of the story is: that everyone no matter what they look like or who they are, we have to treat them the same way as we would like to be treated!

Dec 17, 2014
  • sambriddhi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

one of the best books I've read!!I'ts an awesome book!!!!! #great!!!

Dec 10, 2014
  • jihongye rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book!!!!!!!! It's so awesome that I can't stand to part with it.

Dec 07, 2014
  • Persassy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Nov 24, 2014
  • wonsun rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I heard there is a sequel called '' 365 Days of Wonder".

Nov 22, 2014
  • ilovepiggy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I think it is a nice book and definitely inspirational, too. I liked the story line a lot.
August was definitely a really sweet boy, and it makes you wonder how many people in the world must be treated wrong because of the way they look.
I felt they were pretty young to be um dating, I guess, since they are 5th graders!
nice book and I recommend it :)

Nov 21, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonder is the perfect title for this incredibly wonderful book. I fell in love with Auggie immediately. I loved the way that the author chose to tell his story from the point of view of the people surrounding him. I loved that his story made me laugh at times and cry at others. A compelling, fantastic read about a beautiful little boy.

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Jul 25, 2014
  • greenthumbtack rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“If every 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

Jul 13, 2014
  • SpringAltman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world. --Auggie”

Jul 11, 2014
  • LJH88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.”

Jun 24, 2014
  • blue_hippo_104 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind. " -Dr. Wayne Dyer

For a second, I imagined how cool it would be... To have all these people standing up and cheering for me. I think it should be a rule that everyone gets a standing ovation at least once in their life.

Sep 16, 2013
  • nanajoe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Shall we make a new rule of life ... always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?"

Aug 14, 2013
  • tkitson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"that's miranda?"................................ "it's not miranda...it's via."

Jul 17, 2012
  • Ólive rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” same quote as bird but it has a lot of meaning into it.

Feb 21, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Jack, sometimes you don’t have to be mean to hurt someone.”

Feb 21, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

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Jul 09, 2014
  • nadayassin1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

august is boy that is not like the others he has a rare face and because of that he is being teased and bullied then he noticed that it does not matter how he looks from the outside, it matters from the inside.

Jun 01, 2013
  • ginger___lee1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was about a little boy with a gene that made his face deformed. It describes his first days at school and how he copes.

There are some sad parts in the book but it is one of those reads that makes you feel good after you read it and it really makes you enjoy what you have.

Jul 17, 2012
  • Ólive rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Have the tissues nearby as you read this heartwarming tale about August “Auggie” Pullman, a ten year old boy heading to school for the first time, after being unable to previously attend due to his twenty seven plus surgeries medically necessary to correct the genetic condition he was born with that basically renders him without a face. Well, ok, he does sort of have a face, but it’s one that frightens people the minute they set their eyes upon it. As Auggie describes it – he has - partial cauliflower ears halfway down his face that look like a newborn’s clenched fist sticking out the side of his head, sunken cheeks atop melted wrinkled skin, and eyes that are mismatched and slanted in a drooping, yet bulging way. Auggie is used to the stares and whispers of strangers on the street but now that he’s enrolled in school like all the other “normal” ten year olds, can he actually just be a normal kid and just be Auggie? Because to him, that’s all he is, a ten year old boy aching to fit in and make some friends, but will the other students at Beecher Prep be able to look past his face and see him for whom he really is? This story takes you from September to June of Auggie’s fifth grade year and you will laugh and cry alike. A great read for anyone looking for a wonderful story. Reviewed by DH

Feb 21, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Auggie Pullman has never had to go to school with other kids. Lucky him you say? Not so much. You see, Auggie’s a great kid. Loves his Star Wars and his Xbox and all the other stuff kids are into. He also has had more surgeries than most people go through in an entire lifetime, and he’s only in the fifth grade. Born with severe birth defects that have rendered his face very different from that of other kids he’s been homeschooled for years. Now, at long last, he has a chance to go to a small school near his home for the first time. He’s always had to deal with people treating him differently. The real question is whether or not he can get them to look beyond his face to see how he’s just the most ordinary kid you ever did know.


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