- Reading level: 9 - 11 years
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: RHUK; Latest edition (3 January 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552565970
- ISBN-13: 978-0552565974
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 174 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wonder Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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About the Author
Wonder is RJ Palacio's debut novel and he creates a name for himself with the book. The book is available in paperback format and has catapulted Palacio as one of the writers to watch out for in the children's genre.
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So this is the perspective of a 13-year old.
The book is about a kid named August who has “mandibulofacial dysotosis”, which is a rare medical condition, and his battle to be normal. He is then put in a private school after being homeschooled all his life, and makes some friends and enemies in school. Wonder tells the story from multiple perspectives, including August’s friends and family as well as August himself.
The story is superb, and was the closest to bringing me to tears that any book has ever been. The language is clear and simple. I loved Wonder and I recommend it to adults and children alike. I know it sounds like a cliché but I learnt that never give up and avoid being unkind to anyone.
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!
Publisher: Random House UK
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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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The book in itself is very well written. A must read.