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by R. J. Palacio

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Series: Wonder (1)

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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.… (more)
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    Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (bookwren)
    bookwren: Both stories involve a highly-challenged child with a supportive family and friends. The girl in Out of My Mind has cerebral palsy.
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    Firegirl by Tony Abbott (kaledrina)
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    Rules by Cynthia Lord (bell7)
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    The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (FFortuna)
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    The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (bookel)
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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Alexandra.Moraiti)
    Alexandra.Moraiti: They are both well written compassionate, funny and humane books. Although Wonder isn't about a boy with a disability , both books tell the story of two individuals that manage the socially imposed difficulties of their 'conditions'. The narration in both is in first person in Wonder by August Pullman(Auggie ), his friends and family, and in The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-time by Christopher Boone, a boy with Asperger's Syndrome.… (more)
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    Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman (FFortuna)
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    Kristy's Courage by Babbis Friis (bookel)
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    If at Birth You Don't Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner (2wonderY)
    2wonderY: Success beyond physics with personality.
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    Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (BeckyJG)
    BeckyJG: Both are similarly moving stories about approaching difficult issues with kindness and compassion.
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    So Much to Tell You by John Marsden (bookel)

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This is a REALLY good book! I am SO GLAD that books like this exist!! As soon as I started reading it, I just could not put the book down!!! It's an easy binge read! The best part of this book is that you get everyone's perspectives and how they felt/why they acted a certain way. I believe this will help children a lot because it will help them understand bullying, how it affects other kids, and how complex and complicated a human being can be! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! ( )
  sukhmaniminhas8 | Jul 5, 2020 |
My young students love this book. A bit of a tearjerker, but not heavy handed. And the writing is good. ( )
  dmturner | Jun 29, 2020 |
I found this one a little disappointing. Part of it was probably the amount of hype around it and my incredulity about so much good happening in middle school, but I also saw it described as "subtle," which I didn't see at all. The messages were loud and clear, no interpretation necessary. Perhaps lower expectations going in would have been better. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Jun 28, 2020 |
Ten-year old Auggie starts fifth grade after years of being homeschooled. He was born with severe facial anomalies that required years of surgery- and his appearance is still so disfigured that strangers often recoil in horror or shock on seeing him- even if they're trying not to. He's used to the stares and remarks, but understandably gets frustrated because on the inside he feels totally normal. He's smart, funny, sometimes whiny and stubborn. Going to school is hard. Some kids are nice or polite to his face, but say things behind his back. Others are outright rude and mean. One particular kid tries to turn the whole student body against Auggie, making up a game where anyone who accidentally touches him is contaminated. Sounds really juvenile, but it's very hurtful. Auggie does find a few real friends, and in a nice surprising turn of events (nice because I thought it would turn out much worse), draws even more good friends to his side when at a school outing he's harassed by some older kids. Meanwhile his parents are trying to avoid being overprotective, his older sister is dealing with her own issues at high school and some resentment at all the attention Auggie gets- the extra care and support from her parents, and the negatives she fears from her peers. I wasn't expecting the book to have alternate viewpoints- from those of Auggie's friends, his sister, the sister's boyfriend, etc. It was nicely done and showed a lot of empathy for how Auggie's condition affects all those around him. And how his humor and spirit inspires them. I did find the closing scenes with the speeches a bit- overdone- but some very nice sentiment. A book I'll gladly put into my kid's hands.

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  jeane | Jun 28, 2020 |
Everyone who can read has to read this book!

A good few lessons to be learned from it. An emotional roller coaster from beginning to end.

Will be a definite re-read in future! ( )
  kymisan | Jun 23, 2020 |
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The book wonder was a very hard book to put down. It was nice to see how the author describes the main character through out the book. The way the book was set up was easy to read and follow through. Each section had a title that would be what the characters in the book would be talking about. I thought it was very nice that the author added the different perspective of each character and how they felt about the main character August. Seeing how each character had their own chapter was refreshing to look at because as the reader we get to see how each person was affected. Palacio did a great job making the reading sound like it was a middle schooler talking. I observed that through out the characters chapters they had unique ways of expressing and writings. Overall, I recommend reading this book. It heartwarming and makes you reflected how people treat others differently depending on how they look like.
added by nmario2 | editR.J. Palacio, Wonders
Dieses Buch begeistert alle Altersgruppen. Das oft genutzte Motiv, dass es auf die inneren Werte ankommt, wird hier neu und ohne mahnenden Zeigefinger umgesetzt. Durch wechselnde Perspektiven kann der Leser nicht nur die Gefühle und Handlungen Auggies, sondern auch die seines Umfeldes verstehen. Der Leser entwickelt sich mit den sympathischen Charakteren. Die flüssige Sprache und die zahlreichen Details lassen die Geschichte persönlich und lebensnah wirken. Der Roman berührt den Leser und regt zum Nachdenken an.

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Orcese, AlessandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 Marchant, "Wonder"
For Russell, Caleb, and Joseph
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I know I'm not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.
Now here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with one's heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
Mr. Browne's Precepts: September - When given the choice between being righ or being kind, choose kind. -Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
February - It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. -James Thurber
March - Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. -Blaise Pascal
May - Do all the good you can,/By all the means you can,/In all the ways you can,/In all the places you can,/At all the times you can,/To all the people you can,/As long as you ever can. -John Wesley's Rule
Shall we make a new rule of life...always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary? -J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird
"Kinder than is necessary," he [Mr. Tushman] repeated. What a marvelous line, isn't it? Kinder than is necesary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed. Why I love that line, that concept, is that it reminds me that we carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of knindness. -Palacio, p. 300
... Joseph recognized the face of God in human form. It glimmered in their kindness to him, it glowed in their keenness, it hinted in their caring, ideed it caressed in their gaze. - Christopher Nolan, Under the Eye of the Clock
"It glimmered in their kindness to him ... Such a simple thing, kindness. Such a simple thing. A nice word of encouragment given when needed. An act of friendship. A passing smile." -Palacio, p. 300.
It's like how compass needles always point north, no matter which way you're facing. All those eyes are compasses, and I'm like the North Pole to them. [Auggie, 206]
I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives. [Auggie, 231]
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Plot Summary: 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 and overcoming the taunts of his classmates.

Extensions: acceptance, perseverance
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