- Publisher: Bodley Head Children's Books
- Format: Hardback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 162mm x 222mm x 30mm | 509g
- Publication date: 1 March 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0370332288
- ISBN 13: 9780370332284
- Illustrations note: B+W chapter heads t/o
- Sales rank: 353,413
`Wonder` is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. 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, underneath it all? Through the voices of Auggie, his big sister Via, and his new friends Jack and Summer, `Wonder` follows Auggie's journey through his first year at Beecher Prep. Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, `Wonder` is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
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R. J. Palacio is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. She lives in New York City with her family and a black dog called Bear.
"The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio, a New York graphic designer whose debut novel, Wonder, is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and then some ... no Tube carriage will be without a copy this year" The Times "What a gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry" -- Malorie Blackman "Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant" -- Laura Dockrill Observer "It wreaks emotional havoc ... There is a message running through the book ... To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that" -- Suzy Feay Independent "This is a wonderful book and I couldn't recommend it more highly ... What fantastic stuff" Katy Moran
Back cover copy
Don't judge a boy by his face.
My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all? Narrated by Auggie and the people are around him whose lives he touches forever, WONDER is an funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.