Wonder

Wonder 2

Adult edition

by R. J. Palacio

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/10/2013

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'My name is August.
I won't describe to you what I look like.
Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, astonishingly moving debut to be read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
ISBN:
9780552778626
9780552778626
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-10-2013
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
368
Dimensions (mm):
198x127x23mm
Weight:
0.25kg
R. J. Palacio

R. J. Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel.

But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it.

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  • Outstanding!

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    Wonder is one of those rare books that you know will impact your life within the first chapter. It's a beautifully written, humorous, eye-opening and heart-warming read that everyone should take time out to read, because who knows, it might just change your life too.

    The story focuses August (Auggie), a ten year old boy who suffers from severe facial abnormalities. Up until this point, his mum has homeschooled him, however when it's time for Auggie to enter middle school they decide to send him to a private school. When he begins school at the beginning of the semester, he faces a number of new experiences from friendship to bullies, and he must deal with the shock that everyone has when they see him for the first time. Told from multiple character perspectives, this is the story of August and the people that have affected and been affected in his life.

    Typically, Wonder is categorised as a children's book. While the writing is simplistic, with easy-to-read short chapters, I do believe that this is a book almost anyone could pick up, read and gain something from. You don't have to be a child to enjoy reading this book. It's the perfect example of a book that has no boundaries; it's good because it's good regardless of whether or not it was written for children or adults.


    This is a feel-good book with a beautiful message that I will recommend without hesitation to everyone.

  • Unforgettable!

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    This book, similar in its style to 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime' (Mark Haddon), completely touched my heart. It truly is one of those books that stay with you long after you've read the last page.

    August, a ten year old boy with a severe facial disfigurement, is a charming, fragile protagonist. You can't help but want the best for him. Equally pleasing, the plot is fast-paced but allows you time to reflect and become emotionally involved with the characters.

    'Wonder' completely changes your understanding of what it means to belong. It's an inspiring, thoughtful book that is sure to make you smile.

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