By R. J. Palacio

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Grades 4 - 7 Grades K - 1 Guided Reading: V n/a 73053

Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. 

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.

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.

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 9780375869020
ISBN-10: 0375969020
Published on 2/14/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Number of pages: 320

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This book is so heartwarming, and I love it for that. It really does show tons of character development for all the characters. The movie is amazing too!

Auggie Pullman is many things, but he's not beautiful. He knows that himself. He sees what people do when they see him, he hears all the comments about his appearance. But one thing Auggie is wrong about is that he doesn't have friends. Summer, and Miranda always stay by his side, no matter what happens, through thick and thin. Follow Auggie's journey to realizing who he really is. Heartwarming.

I loved this book when I read it for the first time! The movie is also great! 👍❤️

I loved wonder I was upsesed with it I re read it a million times to mouths intelligence I stop I could take a quiz and get 100/100no defence to people but I really could

so good read it in 3 grade

I read this book in fourth grade, it was so good.

This book is probably one of the best books I've ever read (and I've read a lot of books). I have read it four times and I am reading it now - fifth time!

This book is heartwarming, sad at times, inspiring, and relatable. It teaches the importance of never judging a book by its cover and learning to look past someone's outward appearance, because it's the inside appearance that matters. Fifth grader Auggie Pullman is just like every other kid. He has a family. He likes ice cream. He’s a Star Wars fanatic. But there is one thing about Auggie that differentiates him from his peers: he is facially different. So when he attended Beecher Prep for the first time, he was expecting the worst. Of course there are difficulties getting through middle school and bullies, but Auggie is courageous. He even makes a few friends. Life isn’t easy for Auggie, but with his family and friends, he is able to overcome the difficulties and keep on looking forward. This book was incredible! No wonder it got so many awards. It is all about being yourself and standing up for what you believe in and the people around you. It is so motivating. This book leaves the reader amazed, proud, and encouraged. It truly does teach that you can do anything and everything. Fitting in doesn’t matter when you are being yourself. Because “you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out”.

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