Wonder

Wonder

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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.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 214 x 28mm | 381.02g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • The Bodley Head Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback
  • B+W chapter heads
  • 0370332296
  • 9780370332291
  • 37,330

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"Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds" * Guardian * "Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant" * Observer * "It wreaks emotional havoc . . . To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that" * Independent * "When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should" * Financial Times * "Awesome . . . So authentic you'll swear a kid wrote the book. And yes, that's a good thing" * Glamour *show more

About R. J. Palacio

R. J. Palacio lives in New York City with her family and a black dog called Bear. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, WONDER, has sold 5 million copies worldwide.show more

Back cover copy

Don't judge a boy by his face. 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.show more

Rating details

397,928 ratings
4.43 out of 5 stars
5 60% (237,749)
4 28% (111,212)
3 9% (36,124)
2 2% (8,185)
1 1% (4,658)

Our customer reviews

This promising story failed to deliver what I felt it could have, dealing, as it was, with a hard-hitting and edgy subject. August, a severely deformed student (in a society that so worships beauty) enters school for the first time, and faces some of the reactions one might expect under these circumstances. The problems I had with the story were: - The story is told by August, his sister Via, his friend Jack, and Via's boyfriend Justin, yet the characters' voices were all very similar. - The characters were largely one-dimensional and this detracted from the emotional impact that more realistic portrayals could have achieved. - August's parents were practically saints. - The dialogue often did not ring true. - Some happenings were too bizarre to be believable. For example, the school principal sends an email to parents of a child who has been assaulted, and in this message he launches into character praise of the responsible child. - The ending tied everything up far too neatly. The biggest problem I had with the story structure was the way conflicts were almost glossed over. There was far too little shown of what August (and even Jack) went through during periods of adversity and shunning. This was a significant missed opportunity. In my opinion, a story that is meant to offer an honest depiction of life as a deformed child owes more to the reader than pat resolutions on all fronts, with the lone remaining bad guy neatly removed, and everyone else living happily ever after. Despite all of that, I did enjoy much about "Wonder" and was entertained enough to read through to the end. Younger readers will undoubtedly find far less to fault in this story, and may well benefit from seeing the world through the experiences of someone like August. If it can help make young readers into kinder, more thoughtful people, then all of this book's shortcomings can be easily forgiven.show more
by Valerie Sherrard
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