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Wonder (edition 2012)

by R. J. Palacio

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Title:Wonder
Authors:R. J. Palacio
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 320 pages
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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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    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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Not a bad story. This poor kid. ( )
  jodiesohl | Jun 25, 2016 |
Čudo. Prica o 11-godisnjem Auggieju Pullmanu koji ima nekoliko rijetkih sindroma zbog kojih se rodio s deformiranim licem. Bio je na vel. broju operacija, ali i dalje okolini izgleda zastrasujuce. Zbog toga dosad nije isao u skolu, skolovao se doma i izbjegavao javnost jer bi se svi ili prepali ili ustuknuli kad bi ugledali njegovo lice, ili bili zlobni, a onda ga majka odluci upisati u skolu, u 5.razred. Jedan je od najboljih ucenika u razredu, ali nije lako funkcionirati s takvim licem medju djecom. Djeca su zlocesta. Ipak ga odmah zavoli nekoliko ucenika - Summer i Jack, itd. Druga ga djeca, predvodjena najpopularnijim ucenikom, Julianom, zovu nakazom, orkom i sl. I zagorcavaju mu zivot. Na kraju Julian sa svojim nezrelim roditeljima snobovima ostane sam u tim stavovima i svi se pocnu druziti s Augustom. Sretan je kako je protekla skolska godina, ima skolske prijatelje, a roditelji i sestra Olivia (Via) ponosni su na njega. ( )
  rosenrot | Jun 12, 2016 |
The best thing about this book is that it makes you stop and think, even if just for a moment, what the "other" person might be experiencing.

Keeping in mind that it is written at an upper elementary school level, the story is well crafted, not to moralistic, and just within arm's reach of possible. ( )
  tangledthread | Jun 12, 2016 |
My daughter says, "So sad but so good", and my neighbor said, "I think everyone should read this book" so now it's on my list! ( )
  euroclewis | Jun 8, 2016 |
Copied from my comment in the group 'Great Middle Grade Reads.'

I agree that it would have been helpful to see Julian's POV. I guess we get a clue when we learn about his mother, though. What a piece of work she is. Maybe Julian will escape her influence later, but he can't really learn & grow to be a better person while still her little boy.

I loved the book for all the reasons you-all did, but I have one quibble/ question. Is is plausible that the 10-11 year-old kids would be so insightful, so articulate about their feelings and those of their family and friends? They seem awfully sophisticated/ wise to me....

I do like how Auggie, at the end, says surviving 5th grade is an accomplishment for anyone. I, personally, think that Jack Will, or maybe Summer, should have gotten that award. Maybe even the two Maxes - I really wanted to get to know them better.

I liked that it took place in the city - not so much about backyards, malls, cars and bicycles, but more about walking to little shops and taking the subway to further places. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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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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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"
Dedication
For Russell, Caleb, and Joseph
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I know I'm not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.
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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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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 taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie Pullman is shy, bright ten-year-old who has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it.
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Menino com rosto
de quem todos fugia
brilha a luz do dia

(juliocutrim)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375869026, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, February 2012: Wonder is a rare gem of a novel--beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, ordinary except for his jarring facial anomalies. Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience--something we learn about first-hand through the narratives of those who orbit his world. August’s internal dialogue and interactions with students and family ring true, and though remarkably courageous he comes across as a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself. “It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” From The Little Prince and R.J. Palacio’s remarkable novel, Wonder.--Seira Wilson

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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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