Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggl... read full description below.
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||Schools, Middle schools, Manhattan (New York, N.Y.), Self-acceptance, Abnormalities, Human
Description of this Book
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school--until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of Georgia Children's Book Award (Children's Book) 2014
Winner of Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award 2014
Winner of Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award (Grades 3-5) 2015
Commended for Texas Lone Star Reading List 2013
Commended for Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (Ten to Fourteen) 2013
||Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012: <br> Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community. <br>Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011: <br> A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder. <br> Wonder is a book with such a big wide heart - it shows how we are all fragile, imperfect, and perfectly beautiful creatures. A wonderful novel by a wonder of a writer! - Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender, Before We Were Free, Finding Miracles, and the Tia Lola Stories <br> This really is a remarkable book! - Tom Angleberger, author of the New York Times bestseller The Strange Case of Origami Yoda <br> August Pullman reminds us of what true beauty is. - Paul Hankins, Goodreads <br> Do I recommend Wonder ? Yes, very much!! It's an eye opener for any age. -
R. J. PALACIO lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it. Learn more about R.J. Palacio and the world of Wonder at wonderthebook.com.