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August may look different than everyone else, but inside he is just a normal kid. A normal kid who has been homeschooled his whole life because of the many surgeries that he needed to have. A normal kid who gets stared at wherever he goes. A normal kid who just wants to fit in.
When August starts to go to a real middle school, his world turns upside down. He deals with bullies, relationships, friends, and doing what's right.
A wonderfully written book that will have you sobbing at times and rolling on the floor laughing at others. Very authentic and relatable characters. It's a thought-provoking story that shows you different perspectives and ways of thinking.
Born with facial deformities, August “Auggie” Pullman had always tried to fit in. When his parents enrolled him for school, he became terrified of the aspect of interacting with other students. He eventually meets a boy named Jack and they quickly become friends. Through a series of inner familial problems, a potential betrayal by Auggie’s best friend, and a physical assault at a nature camp, Palacio shows readers the significance of perseverance, inner strength, and fitting-in through Auggie. This novel also shows the importance of virtues such as anti-bullying and acceptance through a middle-school child’s eyes, which is what makes this so appealing to children because they can connect to Auggie more.
August Pullman has had a craniofacial abnormality and has been homeschooled his whole life because of this. However, when middle school comes, his mom wants him to learn more than she can teach him, so he is sent to Beecher Prep. Most of the kids don’t bother him, but some are different, and he ends up getting hurt by one of his closest friends. Wonder takes the simple message of being kind to those who are different to another level. The text is elementary with very literal meanings making it a great read for novices.
R.J. Palacio’s book, “Wonder,” is an inspirational story of a fifth-grader named August Pullman, who is different from others by his appearance. Auggie was home-schooled for most of his life due to his facial differences but in fifth grade, he went to a private school for the first time. School was especially difficult for Auggie as he encountered many bullies and people who would make fun of his face. However, some people in his school stood for him and made strong friendships with him. Auggie refused to go to school many times because of being discouraged by his peers but his parents and true friends kept him resilient. The message of the book was impactful, which was innocence and compassion. Through Auggie's experience, I have learned that Auggie was not different, but rather remarkable, as he was made to inspire others by his perseverance in a difficult situation. This book is very realistic about how students are in school to those who are different, no matter what the problem may be. I loved every bit of the book and felt the pain that Auggie faced by putting myself in the situation. From every aspect, the book was well written and heart touching. Nonetheless, the book taught me lessons that I can use in my life also, whether it is regarding friendship or hardships in school. In all, “Wonder” is a book that nearly all ages will find inspiring and unforgettable.
Wonderful story. As a teacher it inspire me a lot. My tears are literally rolling down when I'm in the Graduation Ceremony Chapters. I am so happy for Augie going through all of those hardship. Nothing will be accomplished without the help of his loving family, friends, teachers and school.
The first year of middle school for Augie doesn't quite have the narrative arc of a typical novel, but it's that sort of realistic fiction that just feels right. Everything in here is believable. Everything probably has and will happen out there. This should be required reading for people, and a lovely reminder to be a good person. Understanding > judgement.
Ever been the new kid? Imagine being the new kid at middle school after you’ve been homeschooled your whole life, because you have facial deformities so severe that other children run from you screaming. August Pullman is an extraordinary boy. A wonder, really. It was a wonder that when he was born he survived at all. So far he has had 27 surgeries. With all of the medical procedures necessary to keep him alive the first 10 years of his life, he simply could never go to a regular school … until now. While you might expect this to be a book about bullies (it is), you’ll also want to stand up and cheer for Auggie and the few kids who bravely decide to become his friends, despite a fifth-grade-wide “war” at the school. — Linnea F., Plymouth Library
This is a lovely book. It really makes you wear the shoes of Auggie and how it feels to be discriminated against and bullied on. It shows the power of kindness and friendship <3
Wonder is an incredibly moving book, written with so much heart. It tells the story of Auggie, a ten-year-old boy who has severe facial disfigurement, similar to Treacher-Collins syndrome. I very much liked the way his story was told - through his own voice, but also the voices of his sister and his friends. Auggie is smart, funny, kind and brave.
It's an anti-bullying, pro-acceptance message I highly recommend to kids and adults, alike. Bottom line: BE KIND.
Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE should read this book at one point or another.
Wow! I absolutely love this book. It is such a heart warming story I think everyone should read this book. I know most of you have probably watched the movie but its not the same thats why i strongly suggest you read this amazing book.
I would rate this book 5 stars. Wonder is a really heart-warming book about a kid named August. Since he was born, he had this medical issue that made him different from the rest. He has been homeschooled his whole life until the fifth grade, where his mom puts him in middle school. He had to go through tough times, with people getting forced to be his friend, people playing cruel games behind his back and just plain rude bullying! I like how this book shows the perspectives of different characters. This is a really cool thing for an author to do because you get their story and you understand why someone cried or got mad. This proves that there are always two sides to the story. The person getting bullied isn't always the one that's the victim and deserves all the sympathy, but the bully might have a reason to be mean. You have to know their perspective before you take aside. I would recommend this book to all my friends.
If you have the choice to be right or kind choose kind.
One of my favorite all time books!
I read this book in grade 4 and it is still on of the best books I have ever read!
Not only is it inspiring but it is also filled with tons of action.
Most of the characters are so loveable.
I promise you that that you will be rooting for Auggie till the end of this amazing book!!
I read this book in 5Th grade I'm in 8th now and I love it is my favorite book and I have read it like 20 times. It is a great book and I highly recommend it.
Wonderfully written. The author uses alternate points of view so well that you understand all of the characters. This was a read aloud for us, along with my 8 and 10 year old. I started to cry on many parts. There were also alot of parts that made you laugh out loud. Amazing book!
The book Wonder was super interesting. I loved how he was brave enough to go to school even though he had facial deformities. I noticed that the movie was slightly different from the book. The movie was much more sad because you could actually see and hear all the actions happening. Later when they go to outdoor school, I loved the part when Auggie made more friends and was now comfortable in his schoolm
I saw the movie long before I read the book so I honestly can't tell you which one was better, but I thoroughly enjoyed both. That being said, this reading experience was different than any other I've ever had because I checked this out on the Libby Ap through my local library. Because I had to read it on my Galaxy S9+ phone, I wasn't able to race through the 300 or so pages. Instead I was faced with 800+ pages and although parts of this story were page turners, it took me a while to finish.
I've read/attempted to read a lot of books in 2019 and this is definitely one of the best. I really enjoyed it and getting to know August, his family and friends. It was an easy read and held my interest from the first page. I wasn't that fond of the first part of the book but once his sister Via began to tell her story, things really picked up. The one character I liked best was, oddly enough her boyfriend. He seemed like a great guy. There weren't any characters that I absolutely hated, even the really bad ones. I liked that we got a glimpse of several characters throughout the book and that I was able to read their stories as well.
The story has a lot of detail without being overly graphic, and actually it wasn't graphic at all. Even when August is described, the writer leaves it up to your imagination to picture him by giving only minor details about his face.
It's a great story for all ages (myself being in my 50's really enjoyed it) and I know that kids will like this book. It has very funny moments and some that are jaw dropping. One in particular made me gasp and put my hand over my mouth in surprise, which indicates really good writing.
I may check this out from the library and read it again in the future.