Wonder pdf Summary Reviews by R.J. Palacio

Wonder pdf Book is a children’s book by R.J. Palacio, about a boy who shows us that kindness brings us together no matter how far apart we are. 

Wonder pdf Book Summary

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others.

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About R.J. Palacio Author of Wonder pdf Book

R. J. Palacio
R. J. Palacio

R. J. Palacio Author of Wonder pdf Book was born and raised in New York City. She attended the High School of Art and Design and the Parsons School of Design, where she majored in illustration with the hopes of someday following in the footsteps of her favorite childhood author-illustrators, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Maurice Sendak, and the D’Aulaires. She was a graphic designer and art director for many years before writing Wonder. We’re All Wonders, which is based conceptually on the themes of her novel, represents the fulfillment of her dream to write and illustrate her own picture book. R.J. is also the author of Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories and 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is surrounded by magical water towers, with her husband, their two sons, and their two dogs, Bear and Beau. Learn more about her at rjpalacio.com or on Twitter at @RJPalacio.

Wonder pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0375869026
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0375969020
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0375869020
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 – 11 years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 790L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 – 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.63 x 1.06 x 8.5 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #1 in Children’s Books on Disabilities
  • #1 in Children’s Books on Diseases & Physical Illness
  • #2 in Children’s Daily Activities Books
  • Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars    35,324 ratings

Wonder Book Reviews

Sab H.

5.0 out of 5 stars Every kid should read this!
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2022

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A wonderfully touching and beautiful book for everyone. If I could give every single middle-school-er in the world only one book, I would
give them WONDER. The story is about Auggie, the sweetest and bravest character I’ve read about, who just happens to have a rare birth defect that makes his face look… different.
The strength of the book lays on its boldness and the fact that interactions and occurrences are very, very well thought out and life-like.

Painfully cruel realities that the author does not shy away from. Yet it is such a sweet book, even if the story is a hard one, it’s covered
with a gorgeous ‘kindness’ blanket that made me love it even more.
The Pullman’s (August’s family) family dynamics were unbelievably heart-warming. Don’t we all wish we had a family like that? I guess it’s true though, it takes circumstances like this one to make a family stick so close and be so appreciative and caring. If only we were all like that.

All the characters were three dimensional and fully believable. The story is told from the points of view of several of the kids (August, Summer, Jack, Olivia, Justin, Miranda) and you get a different and eye-opening perspective with each character. Each voice felt different and fitting. Chapters are very short, overall a fairly easy and fast read. And SO, SO worth it. I highly recommend it.

Natasha N Natewa

5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2022

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I had seen the movie once but the book really got me good in the heart. I love the story of kindness, perseverance, and courage. I really want my. 5th graders to read the book this year.

G. Jones

5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINITE MUST READ!!!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2017

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Review by: Maggie Jones

This book is one of the most exceedingly heartwarming and inspiring books that I’ve ever read. August Pullman’s adventure is very difficult as he goes through a tough year to find his inner self with courage, confidence, and compatibility. This book has heartfelt emotion so that you can relate to the characters more, it’s hard to put down, and has action so that you’re not bored while reading the book. In the end, we learn not to judge a book by it’s cover, which is what many kids did at Beecher Prep, the school that Auggie went to.

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, takes place in modern day. August was born with facial deformities, so he hadn’t gone to a normal school…until now. He is in the fifth grade and is starting school at Beecher Prep. Being a new kid is hard enough, but looking like Auggie is unimaginable. Kids just aren’t used to seeing faces like that. Unfortunately, people underestimate August’s knowledge, only because he looks different. He is a totally normal person, on the inside, that is. The book is about how August struggles through fifth grade and picks up friends (people who can look inside August without being bothered by his looks) along the way.

Auggie has a life with a lot of drama and emotion. He hears people talk about him all the time behind his back. “The tears were so thick in my eyes I could barely see, but I couldn’t wipe them through the mask as I walked. I was looking for a little tiny spot to disappear into I wanted a hole I could fall inside of: a little black hole that would eat me up.” (page 78) Everybody was dressed up on Halloween at school and August had overheard his best friend, Jack, talking to the mean kids about him. This shows the emotional experiences that Auggie has. Another time that you could really feel Auggie’s feelings is when he has problems with his family. “ ‘Stop lying to me mom!’ I shrieked. ‘Stop treating me like a baby! I’m not retarded!’ I know what’s going on!’ I ran down the hallway to my room and slammed the door so hard that I actually heard little pieces of the wall crumble inside the door frame.”[…]”If I could walk around with a pillow over my face all the time, I would.” (page 218) This shows that August has relatable emotion in his life because he has family problems just like us.

This book is hard to put down. In a lot of parts I find myself struggling to put the bookmark on the page, and one part was when Auggie’s sister came into his room with terrible news. “ ‘Auggie,’ said Via. ‘Come quick. Mom needs to talk to you.’ “[…] “ ‘Come say goodbye.’ I pushed the pillows off my face and looked up at her. That’s when I saw she was crying. ‘What do you mean ‘goodbye’?”(page 220)This was a very suspenseful part and it was a cliffhanger! You can see how hard it was for me to leave my book now.
This book has a lot of action so that you don’t get bored while you’re reading it. For example at one pat August and his friends run into a couple seventh graders that were up to no good. One of the seventh graders were picking on Auggie and of course his friends defended him. That just lead into a major brawl. “Everything got really crazy after that. Someone pulled on my sleeve and yelled, ‘Run!’ and […] for a few seconds I actually had two people pulling the sleeves of my sweatshirt in opposite directions. I heard them both cursing […] We were running like crazy, and whenever I started to slow down, the guy pulling my arm would yell, ‘Don’t stop!’ “ (page 267) This part was so suspenseful and exhilarating that I almost couldn’t handle it!

Throughout the book, August is constantly making friends and seeing the better in people. We learn that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, and in this circumstance the “book” is Auggie. Also, we learned that you should get something done that you are passionate about, no matter the obstacles. I highly suggest Wonder and give this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

Leonidas Dimakopoulos

5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 31, 2018

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I am almost 10 years old and I recently finished reading “Wonder”. It is one of my favorite books so far. I would like to say that I would like to go on a walk and meet all the characters, except Julian and the boys that bullied Augie. This book showed me that you don’t judge a boy by his appearance because that’s on the outside. I would cheer for everybody. I would cheer ten times for Augie: “AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE, AUGIE!!!!!!”. Then for Olivia: “OLIVIA, OLIVIA, OLIVIA, OLIVIA, OLIVIA!!!!!” Then for Isabelle: “ISABELLE, ISABELLE, ISABELLE, ISABELLE, ISABELLE!!!!!” and then for Nate: “NATE, NATE, NATE, NATE, NATE!!!!!”. Also for Summer: “SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER!!!!!”. For Miranda: “MIRANDA, MIRANDA, MIRANDA, MIRANDA, MIRANDA!!!!!” For Ella: “ELLA, ELLA, ELLA!!!!”. For Jack: “JACK, JACK, JACK, JACK, JACK!!!!!”. For Henry: “HENRY, HENRY, HENRY!!!!!”. For Amos: “AMOS, AMOS, AMOS!!!”. For Miles: MILES, MILES, MILES!!!. For Charlotte: “CHARLOTTE, CHARLOTTE, CHARLOTTE!!!”. And for all of Augie’s classmates and all the teachers and the school principal!!! And if there were more than 5 stars in the rating system, I would definitely give the author as many stars as possible!!!

Luschka van Onselen

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, made me laugh and cry
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2019

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When your nine year old recommends a book, you don’t expect to sit down and finish it in one sitting. You also don’t expect to laugh and cry, to feel the pain and joy of a mother, and to come away feeling so grateful for your own life, and so moved by someone else’s story, even though this isn’t actually based on any particular person’s reality, but rather the collective experiences of many turned into one.

Who said “Children experience the world as it is presented to them.” Google doesn’t even seem to know. Maybe I made it up, but I was struck by that in this fantastic story about a boy born with not one, but two genetic defects that made him intellectually ‘normal’ but physically very different. He wasn’t disabled or handicapped, just deformed, and though he knew himself to be different, he was just that – himself. As he leaves homeschooling and goes to a private, but normal, schoolhe faces the challenges you’d expect – the ‘assigned’ friend who becomes a real friend, the betrayal of people who pretend to be his friends, the discovery of true friendship by a child who chooses kindness. While the book glosses very briefly over a lot of the reality of being a person who has to undergo numerous surgeries time and again, and the physical impact that has on said person, it does a good job of presenting the world through the eyes of a 9/10 year old boy. It looks at one year of school through a variety of different points of view and takes not only the main character but all the other characters through a growth journey.

It’s a serious subject but is presented with lots of laughter and lightness, and I’m so thrilled that Kyra has been reading it and enjoyed it enough to recommend it.
I tell my girls all the time that courage and kindness will get them through life, and this book thoroughly reinforces that point.

A highly recommended read, especially for young people – I believe there’s so much value in learning to see the world through others’ eyes, and sharing even briefly in their experience.

3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2018

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It’s a great book to raise awareness of people living with craniofacial abnormality. Also very sad in parts. But I did not like the format, it’s not a novel with a storyline more a guide to what it’s like to live with craniofacial abnormality. Should be in fact not fiction section in library!

It’s okay, nowhere near as good as many reviews make out on here. Perhaps I am so disappointed as my expectations were very high but it’s definitely not deserving of the thousands of 5 stars! It is definitely more suitable for children. I found the first part engaging but skimmed the last part which was pretty dull. Nothing really happens and there’s no real message in it other than to do what seems obvious to me – look beyond the cosmetic to the person inside. Or look at people with your heart as the Little Prince points out!

Certainly much will be lost on anyone who doesn’t get American culture and doesn’t have children at middle and high school.

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