- Reading level: 8 - 12 years
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (14 February 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780375869020
- ISBN-13: 978-0375869020
- ASIN: 0375869026
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 187 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,66,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Wonder is essentially ... a wonder. It's well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, Wonder touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favor and read this book – your life will be better for it." - Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year."
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for."
The New York Times:
"Rich and memorable...It's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of 'Wonder,' and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill."
The Wall Street Journal:
"What makes R.J. Palacio's debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie's story…The result is a beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.”
The Huffington Post:
"It's in the bigger themes that Palacio's writing shines. This book is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness."
"Full of heart, full of truth, Wonder is a book about seeing the beauty that's all around us. I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman."
- Rebecca Stead, Newbery award-winning author of When You Reach Me
"It is the deceptive simplicity and honesty of the work that make Wonder so memorable. Every single character seems real and well drawn and oh-so human...This book is beautiful." - Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery award-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy
"A beautiful story of kindness and courage. There are many real and well-developed characters, and they each have their shining moments. Of course, Auggie shines the brightest." - Clare Vanderpool, Newbery award-winning author of Moon Over Manifest
"Wonder is a beautifully told story about heartache, love, and the value of human life. One comes away from it wanting to be a better person." - Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery honor-winning author of Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods
"Wonder is a shining jewel of a story that cannot help but encourage readers of all ages to do better, to be better, in how they treat others in life. I'm totally in love with this novel." - Trudy Ludwig, anti-bullying advocate and author of My Secret Bully, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, and Just Kidding
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly:
“Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes--and hearts--to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd.”
Starred Review, Booklist:
“Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.”
Starred Review, School Library Journal:
"Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters...A well-written, thought-provoking book."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews:
“A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.”
About the Author
R. J. PALACIO lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it.
Learn more about R.J. Palacio and the world of Wonder at wonderthebook.com.
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It is truly #thewonderofwonder. This book is. I began reading it and there was something that was slowing shifting within me. I could feel the pain of August Pullman, the hatred towards him was unbearable. I could step in the shoes of Via who has sacrificed so much for her little brother and still is resilient with a never-say-die spirit. Then there's Jack and Summer and Miranda and whole bunch of Beecher Prep-ites. Add to that the author gives us a bonus with the Julian chapter in the latest editions of the book. She ably covers a whole arena of prespectivies. Nothing is left loose. It is a neat work when speaking from the perspective of an author. And then there's so much to learn too. Nothing magnificent with the language usage. It is smooth, everyday lingo and yet so heart touching.
About the plot now, the novel follows the story of August Pullman who is a victim to a genetic facial deformity. It happens to be a rare case. However, the repercussions are worrisome. It is like walking on the shards of glass. August is homeschooled owing to the multiple surgeries he has to go through to set his face in place. But it is time that he gets into a real school and faces the world. As is the case with every newbie in a new school, August too is sidelined by his peers because of his looks. He struggles through school everyday with a brave heart. This story is about winning over your inabilities and it relates to each one of us because no one is perfect and yet there is scope for improvements. Moreover, it is about kindness and courage.
The novel offers ample of #quotesonlife or #lifelessons if you are keen on reading such one-liners, pick up this book. If you are a parent and want to read something worthy, pick up this book. If you are just an ordinary person in an ordinary world, pick up this book. Because it belongs to all of us.
Do yourself a favour and read this book if you haven't already!
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I never rate a book or a movie 5/5 but this novel does deserve 5 stars.
On the scale of readability it sure is 10/10.
I have no words to honour this book. It honours humanity and you ought to read it NOW!
Last but not the least, the Grandmere's revelation to Julian about his name. I am so moved and it bring tears to my eyes many a times throughout the book. I am sure that the Movie will also be a superhit.
The book teach me not to judge anybody externally, the look does not matter. I must recommend this book to everyone. I learned a lot from this book.
'Wonder' is a mixed bag of dualities; between a children's book and an adult's book, between fiction and reality, between a family story and a comedy. But if it has to be one thing, it is a must-read.
P.S: If you plan to get the book, do get the one with the new 'Julian chapter'; better to have both sides of the story.
P.P.S: The on-screen adaptation is set to come later this year, but the trailer is an absolute delight!
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