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Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012
Branch Call Number: FICTION PAL
Characteristics: 315 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 11, 2019

Wonder is one of my favourite books ever. I loved how it was told in all the different characters perspectives. I especially liked Via's part. I loved Summer and I think that its so cool that she just went up to Auggie without anyone telling her. Not a lot of people would do that. Wonder is just an overall great book that I really enjoyed.

May 19, 2019

This book is just such a good book. Everyone should check out this book to read the true meaning of friendship, and kindness.

IndyPL_SteveB Apr 03, 2019

A remarkable and emotionally stirring book about the realities of life in school and the power of bravery and friendship.

Auggie Pullman has been home-schooled all of his life, but his parents have decided it’s time for him to go to school with other children. A common event, except that Auggie is no common kid. He was born with multiple genetic defects which, even after many surgeries, have left him with a severely distorted face and ears. His brain is fine though and perfectly capable of understanding the casual cruelty of other 5th graders meeting him for the first time. Fortunately a couple of bright kids, Jack and Summer, decide to be his friends.

The remarkable thing about this book is that it is written from multiple viewpoints. We see Auggie’s point of view for several chapters, then we switch and see the world from the point of view of his older sister, Olivia, and several of his friends. One of the best things about this approach is that it allows children to get outside of themselves and to see the world through the eyes of someone else. *Wonder* is particularly good at that, and it shows children that no one point of view explains everything. This would be a fine read-aloud, although it will take some voice control to get through the more emotional passages without going into full choke-up.

Mar 11, 2019

It’s a good book. My 7 years old son read it and he like it. But have a lot of sentences with the words “stupid, and freak” and he doesn’t like those parts of the book. I’m very close to him in lecture.

Mar 11, 2019

This is one of the best books I have ever read and I am not exaggerating. I would give this book 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Feb 25, 2019

I really love this book. It's an awesome story about love, courage, and friendship. I do envy Auggie, who he has good friends, loving family, and great heart. What I learned from this book is life could be hard sometimes, but it all depends on your own attitude.

IndyPL_KimberlyA Feb 25, 2019

August Pullman, 10 year old boy with a genetic facial deformity, starts school for the first time in his life at Beecher Prep Middle School.   Auggie must learn to cope with how others see him, even though he feels like an ordinary boy.  He is a bright, witty child, and after he has a chance to be himself; others eventually grow to love him.  Auggie and his new friends discover that there will always be bad people in the world, but hopefully, the good will always outweigh the bad.  This is a wonderful read for everyone!

Feb 12, 2019

I think that I did not like "Wonder" because it was just not very good to me even though that some other people think it is good

Jan 31, 2019

R. J. Palacio’s book ‘Wonder,’ far exceeded the movie in my opinion, at least as the movie came to a close, the last five minutes. It is hard to read this book or watch the movie and not have the strings of your heart touched.

While I enjoyed R. J. Palacio’s book ‘Wonder,’ I found that the ending of the movie was disappointing and Auggies Greatness was not defined as well as it had been described in the book. The movie simply missed or left out so much of the definition of what August (Auggie) Pullman was, a vulnerable yet courageous young man. As Mr. Tushman says, as he reads – “and this is what defines human beings, the Henry Ward Beecher Medal is about recognizing Greatness - Courage, Kindness, Friendship and Character.” “Not just the nature of kindness but the nature of one’s kindness. The power of one’s friendship. The test of one’s character. The strength of one’s courage.”

The screen writers simply blew it in the last five minutes of the movie. It does not ruin the movie and you may not see it if you have not read the book.

A lot can be learned from reading this book. It’s not just about how we speak to and about one another but how we treat one another and tolerate or not tolerate how our friends or colleagues behave in these situations. A good book for parents to read to or with their children and movie to watch. Read the book first; recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.

Jan 30, 2019

I love this book this will be my second time reading it 5 stars for sure sooo good and inspirational :)

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Jan 03, 2019

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”

Dec 23, 2018

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

PimaLib_JeanSC Jun 01, 2017

"Let's face it, the universe was not kind to Auggie Pullman." -- Miranda

And still Auggie was able to face the world -- not always an easy thing for him, but he carries it out with intelligence and humor.

The movie is due out in November.

Jan 18, 2017

"Don't try too hard to be cool. It always shows and that's uncool"- Amos

sanamg Dec 27, 2016

"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."

Oct 22, 2016

"Don't judge a boy by his face."

Jul 18, 2016

"I don't think we can teach empathy , but we can inspire it ."
- R.J Palacio

Jul 09, 2016

"All you need is love"

Jun 23, 2016

Auggie, you are a wonder, my wonder.

Jun 23, 2016

"You are a wonder Auggie, my wonder"

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Mar 12, 2019

I would rate this book a 100/100 this book is really and sad at the same time. If you pay attention to the book then this book will make you cry. The author makes you reflect on how you treat other people. What i liked about this book is that you can reflect on how you treat other people and act with people just like you and different then you. That you should be careful on what you say and act because words/actions hurt you know especially if you are different. I didn’t dislike anything of this book i loved reading these types of books sad and emotional. I would recommend this book to my godsister she is like me we enjoy these types of books that make you reflect and make you a better person. A little boy that is ten years old and he’s not like the other ten years old like him. The main character is August "Auggie" Pullman. Auggie has something called facial deformity. And the following characters are
Via Pullman. ...
Isabel Pullman. ...
Nate Pullman. ...
Jack Will. ...
Summer Dawson. ...
Julian Albans. ...
Mr. Tushman.

ChanjoLight Mar 17, 2018

It is about a 5th grader named August "Auggie" who has a facial difference and has been home-schooled for most of his young life. He gets enrolled at a middle school for 5th grade and wants nothing more than to feel normal. Instead Auggie gets bullied for his appearance from his peers and along the way you hear from not only Auggie, but from others who are around him begin to wonder what it means to have empathy and compassion. What it means to be a friend, how to accept your friend, but mostly how to be just "act a little kinder than necessary - the world would be a better place".

May 04, 2017


Jun 23, 2016


A boy named August is homeschooled because he was born with a distorted face. In Grade 5 he goes to school for the first time and makes new friends. And enemies....

Jun 23, 2016

August Pullman has facial deformations he was born with. His childhood consisted of many surgeries and hospital visits. But once he reaches the fifth grade, he starts school at Beecher Prep after being homeschooled his whole life. He encounters many different people, like Julian who isn't the nicest to Auggie. The story is written from many different points of view, including students from Auggies school, his older sister, Olivia and her friends, exploring different opinions on the situation.

Aug 29, 2015

In this book we follow August as he goes to school for the first time in Grade 5. When August was born, he was born with a facial deformity. Because of this he has never gone to school. You will also be reading about the people around him and their journeys.

Aug 02, 2015

12 year old Auggie Pullman is anxious to start school for the first time. His face is deformed, which makes everything a lot harder. Will Auggie be able to get through the year and make friends, despite what he looks like on the inside?

ddurkin0726 Jul 13, 2015

A sad book about a boy who is disabled

Jul 10, 2015

August Pullman is a boy with rare facial problems. As he enters school for the first time at Beecher prep, he meets new friends and gets teased about and bullied just because of his facial deformities. Wonder is an example of the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover". Read it to find out more about his journey.

Jul 09, 2015

Great book teaching children about the reality of life. Love it!

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Jan 02, 2019

Other: DONT USE THE WORD retarded AT ALL

Apr 12, 2018

Other: People who think retarded is a bad word are retarded

Jun 22, 2017

Other: Used the word "retarded" as an insult.

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