By (author) R J Palacio

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  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Format: Hardback | 315 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 218mm x 15mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0375969020
  • ISBN 13: 9780375969027
  • Sales rank: 540,601

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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 of "Sticks 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 that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder Be sure to look for R.J. Palacio's upcoming "Pluto: A Wonder Story "on sale this February! "From the Hardcover edition."

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Author information

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.

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"Entertainment Weekly", February 10, 2012: "In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turning filled with characters you can't help but root for. A--" Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011: "A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder." Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012: "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." Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 2012: "Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Everyone grows and develops as the story progresses, especially the middle school students. This is a fast read and would be a great discussion starter about love, support, and judging people on their appearance. A well-written, thought-provoking book."" ""The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and then some." - "The London Times", "The Top 100 People to Watch in 2012" ""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 "This really is a remarkable book!" - Tom Angleberger, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda" "August Pullman reminds us of what true beauty is." - Paul Hankins, "Goodreads" "Do I recommend "Wonder"? "Yes", very much!! It's an eye opener for any age." - "Attack of the Book "(blog) "From the Hardcover edition."