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by R. J. Palacio

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Series: Wonder (Palacio) (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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    The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (FFortuna)
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    Rules by Cynthia Lord (bell7)
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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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    So Much to Tell You by John Marsden (bookel)
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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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    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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    Sam: The Boy Behind The Mask by Tom Hallman (dara85)
    dara85: True story of boy with facial deformity.

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Independent Reading Level Grades 3-5
#1 NYT Best Seller
USA Today bestseller
Time Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
New York Times Book Review Notable Book
Washington Post Best Kids' Book
  madisonspivey | Dec 4, 2023 |
Independent Reading Level: 4-5
Awards: ALA Notable Children's Book, Amazon Best of the Year, Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year, California Young Reader Medal, Children's Book Award, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
  csehr | Dec 4, 2023 |
I think Wonder's two friends, Jack and Summer, are heroes. They were able to put aside Wonder's deformity and see him for who he is. Eventually, Wonder's classmates came to accept him too. Honest be told, I am not sure I can be like Jack and Summer if I know someone like Wonder. ( )
  siok | Dec 2, 2023 |
A wonderful story of love, challenges, courage, and learning. August is born with a genetic disorder that effects his face terribly. His parents and sister, make him top priority to help him with the many problems he faces on a daily basis. Finally, he is goes to school with other children - children are often quite cruel and he has to learn to deal with reality, but he will never be less than special even though he is not learning disabled, so this socializing has to happen. In the end it's a story of winning. Filled with humor. You will love this family.

FROM AUDIOBOOKS.COM: Wonder is a children's novel about a bright, kind, intuitive ten-year-old who has severe facial abnormalities. August Auggie Pullman was born with a rare genetic disorder. He has endured a lot in his short life, including twenty-seven surgeries and the cruelty of strangers who recoil from his unusual appearance. But nothing could quite prepare him for the challenge he must now face: his first year of middle school. Until recently, August, who lives in Manhattan, led a fairly sheltered life with his devoted parents and his fifteen-year-old sister. He's been homeschooled for his entire life, but his parents think it's time to send him out into the world. The idea frightens him. ( )
  Gmomaj | Nov 29, 2023 |
EXCELLENT! written in a chid's voice.
A boy with a very deformed face starts attending a normal school. this is his thoughts and then seen through the eyes of his sister and 3 other of his friends. deals with some very big issues--how the special needs person feels when people look at him/her and quickly look away, how the sister feels about her parents giving much more time to her brother and often feeling ignored or forgotten, about how his peers feel about him. how hard it is to see past his outside appearance. ( )
  evatkaplan | Nov 15, 2023 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
R. J. Palacioprimary authorall editionscalculated
Carpenter, TadCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orcese, AlessandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudd, KateNarratorsecondary 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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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.

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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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