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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.
Publisher: New York :, Knopf,, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375869020
Branch Call Number: J PALA
Characteristics: 315 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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red_bee_584 Jan 30, 2018

This is a great book, I read it for the first time in fifth grade and I've read it multiple times since then. The book overall is amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone who was looking at it

kirstd31 May 30, 2017

Great book to teach about bullying and different perspectives. Things aren't always what they seem. Don't ever think you know what someone is thinking.

Cynthia_N Oct 21, 2013

Wonderful book! The big message was to always be kind but the better message was good kids are not always good and bad kids are not always bad. Highly recommended!

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Nov 29, 2018

Just so y'all know, the movie is just as good as the book, and the storyline is 90% the same as the story (a few minor changes) and it's incredible.

Nov 28, 2018

Reading from the perspectives of Auggie and his friends, foes, and family members opens eyes and understanding to the complexities of bullying, family loyalty, and friendship. This book is a great conversation starter with kids on these topics.

Nov 19, 2018

This book is awesome! I would recommend someone else to read it.

Nov 11, 2018

Good book for parents to read to children. I read it as an adult, and found the story compelling, but the writing more appropriate for a much younger audience.

I found the mechanism used to understand August's disability (viewed from different characters' perspective) to be very effective. You learn not only about the disability, but you get a 360-degree perspective on it, allowing you to feel it more completely.

Writing in these different perspectives was done well and simply enough to engage younger kids. The chapters added in the latest edition, from the perspective of the antagonist, made the overall story better.

A highly emotionally intelligent book.

Nov 06, 2018

This amazing book will make you pick it up and never put it down! Through all the amazing and happy and sad parts, I personally enjoy the fight in the woods where even though August Pullman (who has a deformed face) stood up against the bullies for his friend. This story has a lot of things to follow so I would recommend this book to people 11+ although I read the story last month when I was 9!

Oct 31, 2018

Wonder by R.J Palacio makes you do exactly what the book says, it makes you wonder. You wonder about everything in this book in such an awe-inspiring way. It’s about a boy named August Pullman, a completely normal ten year old boy who loves video games, playing with his dog, and building new things. He is a normal boy with only a facial deformity. He’s been home schooled his whole life until he gets accepted into a new welcoming school for fifth grade and learns about the other side of life he always wondered about. This book is quite inspirational and definitely tells everyone to live your life no matter how you look because it might not feel like it but until you open up with others around you, your just as normal as you've always wanted to be and you have the time of your life when your not worrying about your looks. This definitely is a must be read on rainy days or when you just want to binge some amazing books. A for sure recommend for pre-teens who love reading chapter books! Go check this brilliant book out at your nearby library! Rating: 4 Out of 5 stars
@PocketFullOfBooks22 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 18, 2018

This is a must read for kids of all ages! We can definitely learn something from this.

Oct 12, 2018

I don't know how to describe this WONDERFUL book!!! It is one of those books that never grows old no matter how many times you read it! I watched the movie and really enjoyed it though I definitely preferred the book! I highly recommend it and am so glad I read the book. It has a great storyline and moral! I hope you read this thrilling book!!!

Oct 05, 2018

This is a great book and I highly recommend it. I have read Wonder 5+ times and I've watched the movie!! Both were great, but being the book nerd that I am, I prefer the book!

Sep 10, 2018

Wonder is a great story, and I am now beginning 5th grade, so I am sort of going the same way as August, so I know what to expect. I like books like this because they change perspectives, and thanks to this I am now writing a book with the differents perspectives of the characters. I give this book 5 stars. (Ines)

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Nov 11, 2018

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Feb 18, 2018

Vraie citation: <<Ne jugez pas un livre par sa couverture>>
Citation adaptee: <<Ne jugez pas un garcon sur son apparence>>

PimaLib_JeanSC Jun 01, 2017

"Let's face it, the universe was not kind to Auggie Pullman." -- Miranda

And still Auggie was able to face the world -- not always an easy thing for him, but he carries it out with intelligence and humor.

The movie is due out in November.

Jan 18, 2017

"Don't try too hard to be cool. It always shows and that's uncool"- Amos

sanamg Dec 27, 2016

"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."

Oct 22, 2016

"Don't judge a boy by his face."

Jul 18, 2016

"I don't think we can teach empathy , but we can inspire it ."
- R.J Palacio

Jul 09, 2016

"All you need is love"

Jun 23, 2016

Auggie, you are a wonder, my wonder.

Jun 23, 2016

"You are a wonder Auggie, my wonder"

Jun 15, 2016

" Not just the nature of kindness, but the nature of one's kindness. The power of ones friendship. The test of one's character. The strength of ones courage."

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ChanjoLight Mar 17, 2018

It is about a 5th grader named August "Auggie" who has a facial difference and has been home-schooled for most of his young life. He gets enrolled at a middle school for 5th grade and wants nothing more than to feel normal. Instead Auggie gets bullied for his appearance from his peers and along the way you hear from not only Auggie, but from others who are around him begin to wonder what it means to have empathy and compassion. What it means to be a friend, how to accept your friend, but mostly how to be just "act a little kinder than necessary - the world would be a better place".

Feb 18, 2018

C'est l'histoire d'un jeune garcon nomme August Pullman qui est atteint des son enfance d'une malformation faciale. Il a l'ecole a la maison par sa mere. Et en allant a sa 6e annee (college), il va maintenant a la vraie ecole comme tout le monde. Une histoire emouvante d'un jeune garcon de 10 ans. Desolee pour les fautes... L'ordinateur ne me permet pas de mettre des accent graves, aigus, circonflexes (etc...).

May 04, 2017


Jun 23, 2016


A boy named August is homeschooled because he was born with a distorted face. In Grade 5 he goes to school for the first time and makes new friends. And enemies....

Jun 23, 2016

August Pullman has facial deformations he was born with. His childhood consisted of many surgeries and hospital visits. But once he reaches the fifth grade, he starts school at Beecher Prep after being homeschooled his whole life. He encounters many different people, like Julian who isn't the nicest to Auggie. The story is written from many different points of view, including students from Auggies school, his older sister, Olivia and her friends, exploring different opinions on the situation.

Aug 29, 2015

In this book we follow August as he goes to school for the first time in Grade 5. When August was born, he was born with a facial deformity. Because of this he has never gone to school. You will also be reading about the people around him and their journeys.

Aug 02, 2015

12 year old Auggie Pullman is anxious to start school for the first time. His face is deformed, which makes everything a lot harder. Will Auggie be able to get through the year and make friends, despite what he looks like on the inside?

ddurkin0726 Jul 13, 2015

A sad book about a boy who is disabled

Jul 10, 2015

August Pullman is a boy with rare facial problems. As he enters school for the first time at Beecher prep, he meets new friends and gets teased about and bullied just because of his facial deformities. Wonder is an example of the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover". Read it to find out more about his journey.

Jul 09, 2015

Great book teaching children about the reality of life. Love it!

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Apr 12, 2018

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Jun 22, 2017

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