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Wonder by R. J. Palacio
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    Firegirl by Tony Abbott (kaledrina)
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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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    Rules by Cynthia Lord (bell7)
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    The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (FFortuna)
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    Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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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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    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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    Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman (FFortuna)
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    So Much to Tell You by John Marsden (bookel)
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I couldn't put it down. Excellent read. I've read other books that tell the story from different perspectives, but it seemed a bit odd to me in this story. It worked for the most part. Some of the extra characters and sections seemed unnecessary. I couldn't figure out why the character Justin was included in this book, and why his section had no punctuation. Also wasn't sure what Miranda added to the book. I don't mean this too critically, I loved the book. I guess she just wanted to show a bunch of different viewpoints. ( )
  searscho | Jan 5, 2017 |
Auggie is ready to start 5th grade but Auggie has never been to school. He was borned with a deformed face and has had many surgeries but still people who see his face are repulsed. His mama has home schooled him but he is a regular 10 year old boy who likes friends and video games. Auggie has a sweet and understanding nature and is very intelligent but nobody ever stops to talk to him to find out that he is a real person. His dad comments that sending Auggie to school is like sending a lamb to slaughter. He doesn't know what that means but he finds out all in the fifth grade at school.

Quote from The Guardian: "This is an incredible book. The story-telling is marvellous, the styling superb and the honest, raw truth is: heart-breaking.

It offers up a harsh critique of our society and, finally, subtle praise for those people who dare to break out of the mould and stand up for what they believe in."

My Opinion:Will this be the Newbery winner come January 2013? I bet it will.
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  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
During the first chapter I was underwhelmed. The writing wasn't doing it for me. Then the voice changed and I became far more interested. Overall, it is a very interesting premise, but I think it could have been so much better. ( )
  devilish2 | Jan 2, 2017 |
All children and their parents should read this book. It is absolutely wonderful!!! I am so glad that my daughter's middle school made it a required read for the entire school this summer. Not only did my 8th grade daughter love it, so did it. And my 6th grader is reading it now and enjoying it. At times it will make your heart break but most of the time it will give you a great warm feeling inside. I highly recommend it to everyone!!! ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
Wonder was a very enjoyable read. The book is modern contemporary realistic fiction best suited for readers in 4th grade. The big message of the book is to love yourself and everyone around you. One reason I liked this novel was because of the heart felt message and the beautifully written passages to convey the message. An example of this would be when Mr. Browne the English teacher says: “If every 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. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.” Another reason I liked this book was because the book is written from different perspectives telling their account of the same situation. For example, at one point Auggie, the main character is able to deliver his perspective on life as a person with an abnormality; later in the book, his sister continues to carry on the story but delivers her perspective on life with a sibling that has an abnormality. ( )
  NathanielWhiteley | Dec 16, 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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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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