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Watch my review discussion here a WONDERful first book of the year I read this book almost too quickly I wanted it to last longer This might be t

Watch my review & discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txeTr...What a WONDERful first book of the year! I read this book almost too quickly, I wanted it to last longer. This might be technically a children's book, but it really was such a special and meaningful read and I highly recommend that everyone read this once in their lives! Bestseller Wonder Author R.J. Palacio are Books 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 than to be treated as an ordinary kid but his new classmates can t get past Auggie s extraordinary face WONDER,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 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 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 Join the conversation thewonderofwonderSource penguinrandomhouse. R.J Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs For 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.Raquel J Palacio R J Palacio is a pseudonym of Raquel Jaramillo. A viral Kindle Wonder Wonder is one of those rare books that makes you want to hug everyone in it so tightly that they’ll have no doubt about how much you love them…and beyond that, it also makes you want to reach out and hug the whole world. It’s an upbeat, humorous, life-affirming story that deserves to be read—and it’s one that may just change its readers, too.If you remember how terrifying it was to be a kid on a day to day basis, you’ll appreciate August’s story. 10-year-old Auggie is going to school for the first time in his life, and he has to navigate new rules, learn to interact with teachers, and figure out how to make new friends. In addition, he also has a severe facial deformity that stops strangers in their tracks, so all the usual perils of the fifth grade take on even more heightened stakes. With the matter-of-fact wisdom that warmed Beverly Cleary’s books, this story about growing up is full of heart and humor, and written with a clear-eyed intelligence that never descends into cynicism. Auggie’s smart, funny personality will win over readers who will agonize with him over the complicated web of friendships and family even as they cheer for him as he learns some of life’s big and scary lessons.It’s okay, I know I’m weird-looking, take a look, I don’t bite. Hey, the truth is, if a wookie started going to school all of a sudden, I’d be curious, I’d probably stare a bit! And if I was walking with Jack or Summer, I’d probably whisper to them: Hey, there’s the wookie. And if the wookie caught me saying that, he’d know I wasn’t trying to be mean. I was just pointing out the fact that he’s a wookie.Even with a positive attitude and smart, loving parents, however, Auggie’s story is not an easy one to read, and my emotions ran wildly from sadness to hilarity to terrible anger at what happens to him. Not all kids are nice. Some kids behave one way in front of adults and another way in front of kids. Some adults are downright cruel. And just when you think life can’t possibly get any harder or more challenging, sometimes it does.Although the book is primarily told from Auggie’s perspective, it was a surprise to me when it switched to a few other points of view. With a total of six different voices, I would normally say this is far too many, but in this particular case every person offered an insight into August’s beautiful personality and amazing life in a way that would be impossible to otherwise know. Reading about Auggie’s 27 surgeries, rejoicing at his vibrant inner life, hurting for him when he felt lonely or misunderstood, and seeing his life from various different perspectives, it’s impossible not to be moved by his story. And how can you not love a boy who understands that sometimes his mom might need his precious teddy bear more than he does?Not entirely random side note: (view spoiler)[In my former life, I worked in movie publicity. In that position, you’re subjected to a lot of wheedling and sob stories, so it’s natural to develop a pretty jaded viewpoint. So when a film critic forwarded a plea to me from the mom of a young boy who wanted to attend an advance screening of the latest Harry Potter movie, my first reaction was automatic suspicion—why couldn’t this kid wait the two months until the movie was out? I did a lot of research before I finally spoke to the mom, but I’m so glad I did. Because it turned out the boy was in the advanced stages of an incurable illness and was not expected to live much longer.It made me so terribly ashamed that I had doubted the story. Understandable, yes, but I knew that the letter could easily have been overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the business—and it scared me to think that something that so important might have been lost because of other things that mattered so much less. In this case, I made sure this boy and his family got the VIP treatment, including a ton of swag and a very memorable evening. He was absolutely incandescent that night, and his parents told me afterwards that it was one of the happiest experiences in his young life. When his mom told me a few months later that he’d passed away, it was terribly sad. But I was so grateful to have had that brief contact, and to have helped bring a tiny bit of joy into his last months. It was, just as Wonder is, a reminder that it’s so much easier to look the other way, because of impatience or fear. But sometimes reaching out to another human being can be a life-changing experience, for everyone concerned. As many have said before me, taking action doesn't just change the other person, it also changes you. (hide spoiler)]Tears were streaming down my face as I finished this book—and the funny thing is, they were primarily tears of joy. Wonder is written with the kind of sensitivity and insight that I had hoped for when I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and it went the extra mile to be an uplifting story that made me want to embrace life and the people in it, too. I also very much appreciate that this middle grade book is written for its intended age group, not just a book for adults in the guise of a children’s book, even though it’s certainly one that can be enjoyed by readers of any age. “There are always going to be jerks in the world, Auggie,” she said, looking at me. “But I really believe, and Daddy really believes, that there are more good people on this earth than bad people, and the good people watch out for each other and take care of each other.”A story like this comes along just a few times in a lifetime, and I fervently hope that readers will find their way to it. This short book that doesn’t waste a single page in squeezing your emotions so tightly you feel like you can't breathe, but when they're finally released, you may find that your heart is full of even more empathy, compassion, and love than you thought possible. We expect to be surprised by cruelty, but how wonderful it is to also be surprised by kindness. This review also appears in The Midnight Garden. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.About the Inspiration Behind the StoryThe ice cream incident in this story actually happened, but perhaps not in the way you might think. Learn about the surprising inspiration behind this story on the RJ Palcio's website. She's definitely an author to watch.
Wonder Nov , Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. Wonder Definition of Wonder by Merriam Webster Wonder definition is a cause of astonishment or admiration marvel How to use wonder in a sentence. Wonder Rotten Tomatoes Nov , Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a Wonder Definition of Wonder at Dictionary Wonder definition, to think or speculate curiously to wonder about the origin of the solar system See . Wonder definition of wonder by The Free Dictionary One that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration a marvel Given all his unhealthy habits, it s a wonder he s lived this long She was a wonder in that movie b often Wonder A monumental human creation regarded with awe, especially one of seven monuments of the ancient world that appeared on various lists of late antiquity . Wonder film Wonder Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wonder is the story of ten year old Auggie Pullman, an ordinary kid who was born with a facial deformation He likes to do the same things that other kids his age like and he s about to enter mainstream school for the first time His mom has always homeschooled him but she feels it s best that he go to public school now. Wonder Wonder, by R.J Palacio Wonder is one of those rare books that makes you want to hug everyone in it so tightly that they ll have no doubt about how much you love them and beyond that, it also makes you want to reach out and hug the whole world.

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    R.J Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs For 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.Raquel J Palacio R J Palacio is a pseudonym of Raquel Jaramillo

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  • Wonder is one of those rare books that makes you want to hug everyone in it so tightly that they ll have no doubt about how much you love them and beyond that, it also makes you want to reach out and hug the whole world It s an upbeat, humorous, life affirming story that deserves to be read and it s one that may just change its readers, too.If you remember how terrifying it was to be a kid on a day to day basis, you ll appreciate August s story 10 year old Auggie is going to school for the first [...]


  • Ye gods, what a wonderful book I don t read a lot of realistic middle grade fiction I tend to gravitate toward fantasy But this is probably the best such book I ve read since Sherman Alexie s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.The main character August Auggie Pullman is a ten year old boy with severe facial abnormalities Little kids scream when they see him Older kids make fun of him and call him a freak Auggie is home schooled through grade four, but for middle school his parents d [...]


  • Watch my review discussion here youtube watch v txeTrWhat a WONDERful first book of the year I read this book almost too quickly, I wanted it to last longer This might be technically a children s book, but it really was such a special and meaningful read and I highly recommend that everyone read this once in their lives


  • Personally, I prefer my ARC cover You like image error August has always known that he s different But he s learned to long accept that people will always stare at his face, and there s nothing he can do about it So why not just live life the best way possible With a loving family always by his side, although originally not at all happy about starting school, he soon starts to warm to the idea Having been home schooled for many years he is now vulnerable than ever.Like any person that s a new s [...]


  • I feel like I want to attach a giant asterisk to those two stars up there I acknowledge that this opinion will not be shared by 90% or of readers I know that most everyone is going to love this book it s a very sweet, heartwarming story And on top of that it s well written and flows really nicely I finished it in one afternoon For a really well thought out, positive review I would read Flannery s If you insist on staying here be prepared for dissent and lot of middle school reminiscing on my pa [...]


  • You really are a wonder, Auggie You are a wonder I ve read this book twice now, and it will definitely always have a special place in my heart This is a book that makes me laugh, makes me cry, and gives me endless amounts of hope I love this book, and will probably be giving out copies to my friends and family this Christmas first read in May 2013


  • Update Saw the 10am movie this morning Paul bought our tickets while I covered my face with my hat until we got to our seats in the dark theater I have a small surgery this coming Monday in the doctor s office on my nose thank heavens for the numbing prescription cream before the shots and knife come at me.Then the bigger surgery, Nov 29th, at the hospital, so I wanted to see this film escape from hiding inside my home as my inspiration before cutting on my face I admit to not being able to wat [...]


  • Wow I am so glad that I finally got around to listening to this story Wonder had been sitting on my TBR list for a really long time, but I had been waiting for a time to listen to it with my daughters That time finally arrived last weekend, when we had to spend a full day in the car on a trip.I had read many great reviews for this book, so I had really high hopes going into it In fact, I was worried that I would be disappointed, as I often am with a book that is surrounded by so much hype Howeve [...]



  • I feel a bit like a cold hearted snob for giving this book two stars I am not saying that it isn t an uplifting story definitely worth being told and read , but I can t deny that there were a few aspects I had problems with and that the story didn t trigger the emotional reaction I expected it to.Wonder is the story of August Pullman s first year at school Auggie is a ten year old boy born with a facial anomaly that has required him to undergo countless operations and made him an outsider with o [...]


  • I hate reviewing books that I m crazy about I never can get across how wonderful they are This is one of those books Sorry Christina Words do hurt The universe has not been kind to Auggie Pullman He was born with facial deformities He has had multiple surgeries but he still gets people stopping when they see him and ugly remarks made about him.He had been homeschooled up until the fifth grade due to his many recoveries from the surgeries and I think to protect him from other people His parents d [...]


  • It would be pretty impossible to properly review this book without getting just a touch spoilery I think I could actually sum up rather succinctly what it was that made this book only get three stars from me, and also what I m sure will be many readers deciding factor as to whether they will love it or not Basically, you should love this novel if you like stories that end with this view spoiler It was one of those great June days when the sky is completely blue and the sun is shining but it isn [...]


  • I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives A normal boy, with an unusual face, starting school for the first time in his life.August was born with facial abnormalities, went through lots of operations, but his face still looks far from normal Now he s about to start middle school, and because he s been homeschooled by his mom ever since, he s both scared and excited.This book It s Amazing.While sometimes sad and shocking, [...]


  • August Pullman burrowed under my skin and punched me in my tear ducts pretty early on in this book Maybe it was his Star Wars obsession, or his sense of humor, or his general spirit that captured me but it was probably all three and so much As a kid with craniofacial abnormalities, he s heard it all, all the awful names kids and adults can come up with He s seen all the horrified looks Until this year, though, he d never been to school Wonder follows Auggie as he starts his year until he gradua [...]



  • Review coming tomorrow BE ON THE LOOK OUT It has taken me a few days to get to this review because I needed to process this book fully August is the main character in this book and he has an abnormal face For 2 years Auggie wore an Astronauts helmet so that no one would be able to see his face It s not like kind of face that only a mother could love, in fact it s the kind of face that everyone loves Auggie is a very special personal and someone that many people should look up to Auggie was never [...]


  • Yes Yes Yes Wonder is one of those books that just makes me want to say Yes I wish every day could be Halloween We could all wear masks all the time Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks We ve all been bullied before Criticized or cast aside because of how we talk, what we wear, or who we hang out with But I doubt that many of us have experienced anything like what August Pullman went through Ten year old Auggie was born wit [...]



  • This book is wonderful I am very glad to have read this novel I started reading this out loud to my daughter, but she wasn t having it I plan to read this to her when she is older, because of her father.Story time Once upon a time there was this man named Lance Corporal Cracknell His platoon or battalion not sure which it was was stationed out in Afghanistan and they were doing their daily hump While walking, third in line, he steps on an explosive KABOOM Luckily, he didn t die, because the bomb [...]


  • Madre m a Llevaba tiempo sin leer un libro tan r pido Ha durado menos de un d a en mis manos.Wonder La lecci n de August es un libro que ten a pendiente de leer desde hace bastantes a os La gente no paraba de recomend rmelo, pero no soy muy fan de las historias que siento que est n hechas para que me emocione Sin embargo, le la primera p gina y ya estuve introducido en la historia La manera de narrar de RJ Palacio es espectacular.Uno de los motivos que me han llevado a leer esta novela, aparte d [...]


  • 5 Wonder stars Recommended for all ages and lovers of Young Adult Doctors have come from distant cities just to see me stand over my bed disbelieving what they re seeing They say I must be one of the wonders of god s own creation and as far as they can see they can offer no explanation NATALIE MERCHANT, Wonder ORDINARY I know I m not an ordinary ten year old kid I mean, sure, I do ordinary things I eat ice cream I ride my bike I play ball I have an XBox.Stuff like that makes me ordinary I guess [...]


  • If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary the world really would be a better place Hear me out, people of Earth You just need to read this book Like right now Look who s sayin this One who was also delaying in reading this precious gem Okay, I am confessing I didn t read this book after pure desire No Fortunately, It got selected in our buddy read in Pakistani Readers group And all the credit [...]


  • This was something special.I ve seen this book on Instagram for so long and I usually shy away from titles this overhyped, but the hype was right for once WONDER is the story August Pullman or Auggie , a little boy facing a rare disease that causes facial deformity and his Journey through school and life in general Is also the story of the people around him and of their way of living with Auggie and that is probably what makes it so heartfelt.WONDER is also a work to learn from I feel its purpos [...]


  • I went in expecting sadness, misery, bleakness, joylessness, in the book I can understand the popularity of the book I got caught unawares This is a book that can be recommended to everybody There is a lot of joie de vivre present.This love of life is imbued in the short and fragile chapters of the book There is a lesson present in most chapters, but I chose to read it as a thriller, instead of a fable I really dreaded something horrible would happen to August.Instead we get a light toned book t [...]


  • I ve been meaning to read this book for a while I recently saw the movie, which I thought was so well done, but I wish I had read the book first Even though the movie was pretty true to the book with a few minor differences, the problem with seeing the movie first is that as I read the book I saw the actors rather than imagining them as the author wrote them Because the movie was so true to the book, I almost felt at times as if I d already read it Having said that, I m still very glad I read it [...]


  • Ten year old August Auggie Pullman was born with a rare facial deformity He s had twenty seven surgeries on his face and has always been homeschooled until now This year, Auggie is being mainstreamed and will enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep Fitting in is hard enough when you re the new kid, but Auggie will have to work extra hard to get his classmates to look past his extraordinary face If I found a magic lamp and I could have one wish, I would wish that I had a normal face that no one ever no [...]


  • My former high school librarian recommended this book to me when it came out I should have read it then Always trust a librarian This is an impossible book to dislike It s so full of human emotions kindness, love, courage, determination, fear and so full of beautiful messages.August Pullman is a wonderful boy Not retarded He functions normally and is pretty smart But he is facially deformed, which makes it psychologically challenging for him to go out, let alone attend school But his mom thinks [...]


  • the only reason I m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way August Pullman has seen , been through at the somewhat tender age of ten than most people go through in an entire lifetime Twenty seven surgeries, surgeries to correct craniofacial deviations from what is considered normal, and yet strangers still gawk, people are rude and hurtful Most of his life has been fairly sheltered, but soon he is about to face the challenge of attending schools, with other kids his age The story is t [...]



  • Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives because we all overcometh the world Auggie Pullman August Pullman or Auggie is a young boy most unlike any normal kid There is no easy way to say it He was born with facial abnormality Auggie said it himself in the beginning of the story It s hard to describe what he looks like because it s probably worse than whatever we might be thinking.Auggie has won my heart right there at the first page of the book.The things [...]


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