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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 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.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on February 14, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375969020
ISBN-13: 9780375869020
3996 Book Reviews
  • atroit_avimimus
    atroit_avimimus26 days55 stars
    It is one of the most moving books I have read in a long time, and I am still pretty amazed at how the author wove so much complexity into a story for middle schoolers. It is the story of a boy with a genetic craniofacial deformity who has been homeschooled through fourth grade because of his frequent childhood surgeries. When the story begins his parents have decided they think he should go to school for the first time for fifth grade. The story covers his first year in school. It is told in first person, but the parts of the story are told (and in some cases retold) from several characters' viewpoints. The boy himself, his older sister, two of his friends from school, his sister's boyfriend, and his sister's friend take turns. Each narrator adds subtle new dimensions to the story. The theme of the book is that we can all choose kindness, and this theme is developed through amazingly honest and poignant portrayals of middle school and high school social dynamics and family dynamics. The author excels at showing not telling. It never feels preachy or overdone, or like an issue advocacy book. But the messages are there loud and clear: Being nice is not the same as being a friend, doing the right thing often costs you something but it's worth it, everyone has something to be grateful for, peer pressure makes you stupid, but it's never too late to change your course, we all need people who love us unconditionally. The book was convicting, laugh out loud funny, truthful, hopeful, and heart-warming. Because I know some people are have stricter standards than I have, here are all the things anyone might possibly want to be aware of before recommending it to a child: There are some gluteal-themed jokes revolving around the names of a teacher named Miss Butt and the principal Mr. Tushman. The word "sucks" is used a few times. A funny story involves the "farting nurse" who attended the main character's birth. A dog is put to sleep. One character briefly explains his views of reincarnation. It is mentioned that peripheral characters play Dungeons and Dragons at recess. There are repeated references to Star Wars characters and other popular culture items. Halloween is the main character's favorite holiday. Middle school students have crushes on each other and "go out" with each other. The fifteen-year-old sister has a boyfriend and it mentions him kissing her twice. There are two references (both by girls) to being flat-chested. A couple times girls are referred to as "hot." One character's father has been killed in the Iraq war. There is a brief mention of one character's divorced father getting married to his pregnant girlfriend, and another character's parents are divorced. There are a couple instances of copying homework and lying to teachers or parents with no repercussions. There are varying degrees of bullying depicted, some of which is pretty cruel. Overall, it had very positive portrayals of family, parents, authority figures, and young people. It was really thought-provoking and has so much fodder for fruitful discussion with upper elementary or middle school students. The book is so beautifully written that older students (and parents) can also really appreciate it too.
    • elladora1022
      elladora1022about 1 month55 stars
      I really love this book because it inspires people that are different from other people to come over there fears. August in the book had a deformed face but got rewarded a school medal at the end. he has to face people that aren't so nice to him, like Julian.
      • ice-creamyummy
        ice-creamyummyabout 2 months55 stars
        have you watched the movie yet. it is amazing
        • darklight_rp
          darklight_rp2 months55 stars
          This book is not only telling people to not bullybut is also telling a story about a kid that feels different, I really enjoyed it and the movie. You should read/watch it!!!
          • pinkcat3
            pinkcat33 months55 stars
            Great book!
            • rebeccafrosting
              rebeccafrosting3 months55 stars
              August Pullman has a face that nobody likes (in school except Summer) gets bullied. Summer, a girl, really really likes Auggie. There is lots of trouble at school … … …
              • lololpop1233
                lololpop12333 months55 stars
                Amazing
                • a_cast287
                  a_cast2873 months55 stars
                  This is a great book! No lie, I think I cried a bit last time I read it but it teaches a lesson. So what if you aren't normal? How you look shouldn't matter. Don't judge a book by its cover. What you may see on the outside isn't what you may see o the inside.
                  • smileyface2
                    smileyface23 months55 stars
                    This book is fantastic! I read it in 4th grade and it was so realistic. I totally recommend it for ages 9 and up.
                    • scarscar28
                      scarscar284 months55 stars
                      I love this book I am on my third time reading it and I absolutely love it so much thank you the writer of wonder I don’t think that I can say her name but you are amazing thank you again I also love auggie and Olivia but my favorite I Olivia she is so nice and caring like idk how I would live without the book it is amazing and wonderful I am gonna watch the movie soon which is so cool! Again I love this book