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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 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.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on February 14, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375969020
ISBN-13: 9780375869020
3997 Book Reviews
  • chickdyie
    chickdyie14 days55 stars
    This book is about Auggie, he was born differently from others( that is what my friends told me) and he was home schooled until his parents allowed him to go to school, i am mot going to spoil the whole thing and i heard that there was a movie about it, i really recommened it :) because it shows us everyone is different in their own ways
    • purplepearls
      purplepearls24 days55 stars
      I really like this book. It highlights the struggles of being different and not accepted.
      • mackyspicey17
        mackyspicey17about 1 month55 stars
        I rate this book five stars out of five because it was amazing! The book Wonder is about a boy named August or Auggie for short. He is born with a facial difference. His mom has homeschooled him his whole life until fifth grade. But now she wants him to go to school. A few days before school started the principal of the school he was going to, got three kids to give Auggie a tour of the school. Julian, Jack will, and Charlotte. I think the theme in this book is never judge a book by its cover because on the outside August looks different but on the inside he is super nice and would be a great friend. This book made me feel super sad when Jack Will was talking behind August's back because they were good friends before Jack Will said that to Julian. I think if you like books about kids with disabilities or differences this book would be great for you!
        • wishanna
          wishannaabout 1 month55 stars
          This book is about a boy named August and and he has a facial difference and that prevented him from going to school until now. He is going to a new school everyone is different and new. And so far he has got 1 friend. I think that this book is a really good book Auggie is so sweet and smart and he really to never give up and perseverance. Because in this book the characters are facing a difficult task but he never gave up. If you like
          • kmreader
            kmreaderabout 1 month44 stars
            I Love this book! The book Wonder is about a boy named August (Auggie) who has facial differences, and he was homeschooled for his whole life, until his mom signs him up for a public school, he agrees to go there but if he wants to his mom said he an quit at any time, but then during Halloween his "friend" starts making fun of him with his friends when they thought he wasn't at school yet, but they didn't know that he was listening to the whole conversation, and that's it so far because then it switches to his sister Via's point of view...
            • kitty13515
              kitty13515about 1 month55 stars
              I love this book soooooooo much!! It has a great message.
              • kycoop
                kycoopabout 1 month11 star
                The book Wonder is about a boy named August he has a facial difference he wants to try going to school because he hasn't gone to school in a while. He looks different then everyone else. I think the theme in this book is don't judge a book by it's cover because even though August is different does not mean that you can bully August. I would give this book one star because in Wonder nothing is really happening and I am on page 50, that is why I do not like Wonder. This made me realize that there is a connection, because there is another book that is called Out Of My Mind, it is about a girl named Melody and she has a disabilities too. If you like books that are about the main character and they have problems or disabilities this is the book for you!
                • yourpuppylover1
                  yourpuppylover1about 1 month55 stars
                  Wonders. A book about a boy named August Pullman, Auggie for short. When he was born, he had problems. Not minor problems, but major problems. He was "destined" to die, but he survived. He was homeschooled for 5 years of his life, until he got accepted into a private school, Beecher Prep. Julian, Charlotte, and Jack Will are the first kids that he meets that goes to this school. Julian is the mean one, he is " one way in front of grown-ups and another way in front on kids" as Auggie's mother says. Charlotte is a nice girl who will not stop talking about a play she was in, but as I said, she's friendly. Jack Will is a boy who pretty much everyone likes. He turns out later in the story as Auggie's absolute best friend for life. Another one of his friends who loves him for just the way he is, is a girl named Summer. She's friends with the popular kids, and Auggie. That fifth grade school year for Auggie was sad, humorous, and heartwarming. Auggie's big sister, Via is going through almost the same thing too. Her best friend went to camp last summer, and after she got home from camp, she would usually text her friend back. This summer she texted another friend named Eleanor. Via's friend changed, now wearing tube tops and having bright pink highlights in her hair. She has a boyfriend who is super caring, protective, and ( in Via's opinion) cute. R.J. Palecio melts hearts with her beautiful story.
                  • audrey_1234
                    audrey_1234about 1 month55 stars
                    Wonder, wonder has came from a movie about a boy named Auggie Pullman when he is born with a facial difference. His life might change forever!!!! he has had multiple surgeries and he has been home schooled for to long now and has to go to...SCHOOL!!!!! he gets bullied an then he meets some friends and they don't care about his facial difference because they all love him for who they are. He meets a new friend named Summer and one new friend named Jack Will who changes his life forever!
                    • eagle_fan11
                      eagle_fan11about 1 month55 stars
                      When Auggie Pullman is born with a facial difference, his life and many others were changed forever. Because of his multiple surgeries and times when he was sick, he wasn't allowed to go to school, instead he was home schooled by him mom. But that all changed when Auggie gets unrolled into a private school called Beecher Prep. Nervous about the attention and special treatment he knows he'll receive, he hopes to find a friend to talk to. But things are hard for him because people aren't used to his looks. Eventually, he makes a couple friends, Jack Will and Summer. But he also makes an enemy, Julian, who bullies him from the minute he sees him. When an incident occurs with his best friend and himself, Auggie finds himself mostly alone and unwanted. Will the universe start being kinder to Auggie, or will he be forced to live his life the way he had for so long, alone and afraid? Told in the perspectives of many characters, R.J Palacio brightens the room and melts our hearts in this heartwarming tale about choosing kind. I rate this book a five star because of the touching moments in this fabulous book.