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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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”.

This book is rlly good! :)

highly recommend! this book is awesome! #bestbookever

LOVE the book it was very exciting and educational!!!!! Wonder is one of my favorite books in the whole world!!!! The only part that i didn't like is when Daisy dies, that part actually made me cry lol! Overall this book and the movie are the best things I read and watched!

I love dogs, but I hate the fact that a dog dies :(

I mean i love the dog too but the one star rating really wasn't neccasary.

How you look does not matter. That's what this book is really about in my opinion. Yes, people can be mean, and sometimes down right cruel, even to themselves. But there are kind people in the world. This book almost had me in tears. I fully recommend it to everyone, especially those who don't like how they look or are getting bullied for how they look. This book will save you. <3

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