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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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Rating:*****
Tags:young adult, fiction, deformity, bullying, kindness

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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I really enjoyed this book for several reasons. The first reason being, it’s ability to push readers to think about bullying, and what it is like to be different. Very rarely I have been given a book to read that deals in depth with a child who has either physical or mental deformities. Being that I have not been exposed to stories like this one, August captured my interest on the first page. On the first page he says, “I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” This story pushed me to empathize with Auggie in whatever way I could, because of how interested I became in his character. The second reason I enjoyed this story was because of the plot. I feel that the entire story was organized beautifully, and kept me wanting to read more. The power in the word choices the author chose for the first few chapters really drew me in, while the duration of the book let me experience fifth grade with August. The underlying message to this story is simply kindness. Bullying is so prevalent in the world today, that often children forget what it is like to be kind to one another. With the help of some very kind teachers and friends, August is able to have a wonderful year in fifth grade. ( )
  KimKolb | Sep 23, 2014 |
I enjoyed this book for numerous reasons including the plot, the characters, the point of view, and the main message of the story.
The plot was enjoyable because it was organized well and also followed the rise and fall of the conflict. The main conflict was for Auggie to be comfortable and confident with his physical deformity and for his peers to accept him. The conflict rose throughout the book until the climax, or when Auggie's peers stuck up for him when he was getting bullied at the movie night.
I also enjoyed the characters presented in this book and felt each character played a pivotal role in resolving Auggie's conflict. I enjoyed how the author presented each character with their own set of chapters told from their own point of view. My favorite character's point of view was from Miranda. I originally believed that Miranda was rude and inconsiderate for not remaining friends with Via until the author explained how her parents had gotten divorced through Miranda's point of view. The various points of view effectively allows readers to understand different parts of the story and different characters.
The main message of this story is for people to be confident with themselves no matter their various disabilities and capabilities. The message is portrayed in this book as Auggie learns to love himself despite his physical deformity. ( )
  jessicaedelman | Sep 22, 2014 |
This book made me feel so many different emotions that I didn't think you could feel from one book, especially one for this age level. In my opinion, it is an exceptional book that would be a great addition to any classroom for many reasons.
For one, the way the author grabbed your attention towards this little boy, August, who was born with deformations on his face. August is a genuine, kind, and thoughtful boy who struggles when he enters public school for the first time in his life. The author makes sure you feel exactly how August feels when he catches people staring at him when they think he's not looking or when people don't make eye contact with him. This is great for people to realize how hard it is when people treat you in that sort of way.
Another reason I love this book is how the author makes sure to include different points of view from different characters. We see from August's sister, Via, how she struggles with her life. Once she enters her new school, she is glad that no one knows about her brother and the way he looks. She feels guilty for feeling that way, but it's interesting to read what she has to say. Especially when she talks about seeing August in two points of view, from people who don't know him very well and from being his sister. ( )
  JamiNebenzahl | Sep 22, 2014 |
I absolutely loved this novel. It was everything a middle school student needs to understand about people and differences. Acceptance is the overall message, as well as a chance to see into the life of someone who is treated differently than everyone else. The language is clear, honest, and bold. The author analyzes the situation through Auggie’s eyes to allow to the reader to process along with them. Half way through the book, the point of view switches to his sister, and that only adds to the depth and critical thinking this book encourages. The plot is full of tension and resolution, but encourages readers to thing about the tension their actions create for others. The best thing about this book is what it makes readers think about. The characters are so well developed that a reader wonders what part they play in the story of someone different from them. Are they the bystander that stares as the person walks by, or are they the friend that sees them for who they are? ( )
  tburfe1 | Sep 22, 2014 |
This was a fantastic book. I could not put it down and when the book ended I wanted to know more about him and what his future holds. My least favorite part of the book was Justin's part because of the lower case letters at the beginning of each sentence and strange grammar. It bothered me as I read because I am not used to reading anything like that. Everything I read usually has proper grammar. Otherwise, I really enjoyed Auggie's parts because of how he felt and how he dealt with the bullying. I really enjoyed seeing how he evolved throughout the book. This book also really made me even more disgraced at how some kids can bully others so much. Although when everyone gave him a standing ovation at the end, My heart just soared because it showed that people, especially kids can change and accept people for who they are if they tried.
The overall message of this book was kids can change and bullying is not good. It hurts everyone you. This books message was a powerful one that I believe all kids need to read because it will make them open their eyes. ( )
  Madison94 | Sep 22, 2014 |
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Epigraph
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"
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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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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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