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Wonder

R.J. Palacio

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Published by Corgi, part of Random House Children's Publishers UK

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EAN: 9780552565974
Published: 3 Jan 2013

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

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

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What the critics say

Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant
- Observer

What a gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry
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The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio, a New York graphic designer whose debut novel, Wonder, is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some. Telling the story of August, a schoolboy born with an unspecified facial deformity, it is dark, funny, touching and no Tube carriage will be without a copy this year
- The Times

It wreaks emotional havoc . . . There is a message running through the book, most clearly voiced by an inspirational teacher, that if we were all a little kinder to one another the benefit would be incalculable. To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that
- Independent

When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should
- Financial Times

A children's book that's making grown men cry
- The Observer

Wonder by R. J. Palacio is the tremendously moving story of young Auggie, who was born with a rare syndrome resulting in a severe facial disfigurement. Throughout his life he is ignored, avoided, laughed at, called names and physically bullied. All this sounds very bleak, but Auggie and his family are so delightful, and there are individual acts of kindness that ultimately make Wonder an uplifting, hopeful and important book
- The Bookseller

I am terrifically jealous of everybody that gets to read Wonder for the first time. Every page is honest, brave and delightful. The most sparkly book I've come across for whiles
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A story of intense action and intense introspection . . . a beautifully told lesson in empathy that requires that the reader find sympathy for each of the principle actors in the story. Palacio is a wonderful storyteller and her characters are bright, well-rounded and intensely likeable. Wonder is a beautiful book that is full of sorrow and triumph, emotional without being manipulative - highly recommended
- boingboing.net

This is a wonderful book and I couldn't recommend it more highly . . . What fantastic stuff
- Katy Moran

Can I just say right now that I loved Wonder by R.J. Palacio? I want EVERYONE to read it. (That's right, I shouted!) In fact, if it were out right now I'd be buying copies to give to other people to read. I loved it, it was so sweet and real. It's sad, funny, inspiring, infuriating, eye opening and awesome! It's hard for me to express just how much I loved this book. It's an eye opener for any age
- Attack of the Book

From the incredible first paragraph...you are hooked into August's life and boy what a life he leads. It's an emotional roller coaster as you find yourself wanting to protect this fictional character... The book is one that you continue to think about days after reading it. I was told it was geared to kids but really don't think that this is a book that can be pigeon holed into one genre. The writing is beautifully crafted to embrace the many complex emotions most of us has endured at one time or another. It also covers many difficulties that people of all ages continue to battle in adulthood.
I'd be very surprised if this doesn't win awards.
- Mardixon.com

Wonder is a book for everybody young or old. It's an important and special book to be shared and discussed by both adults and children. This book makes you want to be a kinder person and I can't help but feel that if everyone were to read it the world would be a nicer place. This is one of the best books I've read all year and I would whole heartedly recommend it to absolutely anybody. 5/5
- Jess Hearts Books

This was pressed upon me with such enthusiasm that I pushed my reading pile to one side and started Wonder straight away. This is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary family...The short chapters told in the voices of Auggie, his sister Via and his friends Summer and Jack, make for devouring this heart warming tale in one sitting. Now I'm pressing this upon you. It will fill you with confidence and give you real faith in humanity. It may even make you a better person. August is an amazing character and this is a book of Wonder. Fact.
- Askews

Forget self-help books if you want something life-affirming... read WonderWho knew a 10-year-old boy could teach you so much about life? August, his family and friends are the sort of characters that you'll genuinely miss when you have to close this book.This book will make you cry without being soppy, teach you without being preachy and make you laugh without inhibition.
- Sugarscape

Wonder has its own special place in the bottom of my heart and it's going to stay there forever. I cannot believe how amazingly beautiful this story is and I really want to see it on every school library, in every language, in every country across the whole world because it should be required reading for all children between 10 and 16! I urge you to go out and read this book; it's a beautiful emotional rollercoaster that everyone should journey through.
- Readaraptor

This might be a book aimed at children, but I think it should be read by people of all ages. It just might change the way you see other people. Wonder has a powerful message and is honest, poignant, funny and with it's short chapters, its very much a page-turner. Wonder is a book that had me laughing, smiling and crying. The title of this book really does reflect it's contents. It truly is a wonder-ful book!
If there's one book you'll read this year then I'd recommend choosing Wonder.
- Notes of Life

Once in a blue moon! That is how often a book such as Wonder comes along! Wonder is released in March and I thoroughly recommend EVERYONE to read it...So touching, full of soul and one that will stay with you for a long time. 5/5
- Read 2 Review

This novel is aimed at a children's and young adult audience but it wouldn't harm anyone of any age to read it and be reminded not to judge by appearances and to be a little kinder to others, and it will reward those who do read it with a moving, at times dark, but also uplifting read.
- The Little Reader Library

This is a book that will strike a chord and make you really think. Adults and kids alike need to read it. Everyone will be touched and take something away from it. Wonder is exactly that. A wonderful book that comes highly recommended. Go right now and pre-order. You won't regret it.
- Cosy Books

It would have been so easy to make this story grim and miserable, instead R.J. Palacio has woven a tale shot through with humour, bravery, loss and acceptance (also Star Wars, lots and lots of Star Wars!) I urge everyone that reads this to believe me when I say that you should read this book - buy it, borrow it from your local library - if your library does not have it order it so they do and once you have read it make sure that other people you know read it too!
- Teen Librarian

Wonder is an amazing book, and I don't feel I can advise what age it should be for...possibly for 13 + but I don't feel like there is an age too old to read such an amazing book.
- Book Angel Booktopia

one of those books with a deceptively simple style that gets right to the heart of things
- Helen Cunningham, Young People's Librarian

Wonder builds to a sweeping, uplifting finale. The book undoubtedly, and skilfully, manipulates the emotions of readers but it will delight children and adults because it's a terrific story and Palacio is exploring some fundamental truths about how humans behave. And how they should behave.
- The Telegraph Online

Included in 'Coming Of Page' round up of best Young Adult titles.
- The Sun

RJ Palacio's debut children's novel, Wonder, has a 10 year old hero called August Pullman. Auggie, as he is known by his friends, is blighted by a severe facial deformity. But if his looks are almost comically freakish, his character is one of the most engaging and lovable in recent fiction.
- Telegraph Magazine

It's simplicity will appeal to both children and adults alike, and there's something in it that I'm sure everyone can relate to.
- Cheezyfeet Book Reviews

Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is a wonderful debut from a storyteller with a great future if this book is anything to go by and her characters are intensely likeable.
- Love Reading

You know the type of books that leaves you feeling a little bit more hopeful for human kind, and that you can't help yourself hugging once you have turned the final page? Wonder is one of those books. It is heart wrenching and heartwarming, bleak and hopeful, cruel and kind, all at the same time. It is also funny in the most moving way...Read Wonder and you will find yourself on an emotional roller coaster you will not want to get off. Read Wonder and you will find yourself looking at a brighter world, even if it is only for a minute. Just read it.
- Library Mice

This was a novel I devoured in one go. Auggie, his family and friends are very engaging and convincing characters, and I couldn’t wait to see how he gets on at his new school. When I read the last page, I was sorry to let Auggie go! Thoroughly recommended for all readers over the age of ten.
- First News

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is an amazing, touching book that I found really heart-warming. It made me laugh, cry and had me hooked from the start...I would give this book 5 out of 5 and I admit I loved this book.
- Red House

Once in a while a book comes along that everyone in the office gets REALLY excited about. Wonder is one such book. It's a universal tale of growing up and dealing with the difficulties of family life, friendships and school. But it is also the story of one amazing boy, whose voice sings out from the pages. Yes, it's sad, but the challenges August faces are sweetened by the people he meets and the novel ends with a moment of hope. The title says it all: this book is a wonder!
- Red House

If you read one book this year, make it this one...a funny, emotional, brilliantly observed story...We loved it.
- Bella Magazine

If you are wondering what it would be like to go through childhood with an unusual-looking face, you would be hard pressed to find a better source of information and insight…So wonder no more. Get it.
- James Partridge, Changing Faces

Oh, what a treat of a book! In August Pullman, Palacio has created one of the most loveable and memorable characters in modern children's literature...Highly recommended!
- Musings of a Bookshop Girl

Essential reading for adults and children alike, Wonder is a timely celebration of the importance of kindness, especially when today’s hell-bent culture of perfectionism leaves little room for little (and big) ones who fail to conform to the norm
- The Chic Shopper

This novel reveals to the reader true beauty . . . Simplistic, moralistic and life-affirming, it deftly entertains both adult and junior readers. It should come with a special parental warning: it will leave you emotionally exhausted (in a good way) for weeks
- Sunday Business Post

It is curious how the gravity of serious subjects can be best expressed through humour. Comedy humanises: the light touch gives weight. It's a tactic R. J. Palacio has used to great effect in her remarkable story of a year in the life of 10-year-old August Pullman . . . It makes ordinary things extraordinary . . . Palacio has a great ear for dialogue, a sharp eye for detail and an instinctive sense of comedy. All this makes her an expert chronicler of ordinariness – and this, paradoxically, is what makes her story of an extraordinary boy so wonderful. Wonder certainly delivers what it promises – an emotional rollercoaster ride in which tears, laughter and triumphant fist-pumping are mandatory. But it is better than that. In its assured simplicity and boldness (reminiscent – it seemed to me – of To Kill a Mockingbird), it also has the power to move hearts and change minds.
- Guardian

I dare you to read it without shedding a single tear; or showing a single sad look in your eyes.
Wonder has stuck with me since I read it. Simple. Special. Spectacular. It gives us an insight into the life of Auggie through his thoughts, actions and feelings. It will be inevitable that your heart strings get pulled but Auggie shows us that even in the worst situations, there is always something good. A diamond in a dung heap. That’s what Auggie showed me. That you should never give up hope and you should always be brave and fight; never admit defeat. So thank you, R. J. Palacio, for a truly WONDERful book. It is now one of my firm favourites
- Chicklish

I really do believe, just like Mark Haddon's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Palacio's Wonder has the potential to alter young people's outlook, sensibilities and ideas . . . Palacio's writing style is beautifully honest and humorous . . . Any reader can truly begin to engage with the story personally, exploring the lives of many different characters. This, to me, is the measure of a good read - can we put ourselves into a character's shoes? Does it question how we act and behave? Is it an enjoayble read? Wonder does each of these things and I would recommend it to anyone.
- NATE Magazine

Incredibly touching, warm and heart-breaking
- Woman's Weekly

It’s one of those rare books with almost universal appeal: it will make you laugh, cry and break your heart
- The Bookseller

Heartbreak may seem inevitable in Wonder, R. J. Palacio's affecting novel about a 10-year-old born with terrible facial deformities, but this book has surprises. Chief among them is that the author is generous not only towards Auggie Pullman, whose 'catastrophe of a face' brings gasps from strangers, but also towards his less sympathetic peers in middle school. With his cheerful family at home, and a growing circle of friends, Auggie eventually seems a boy less to be pitied than admired
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As funny as it is touching, honest as it is astonishing, this will really support PSHCE discussions about the need for acceptance and belonging as well as dealing with difference. We predict wonderful things for this debut novel by R J Palacio
- The Literacy Tree

A beautiful, thought-provoking and very poignant story
- Good Housekeeping

About the Author

R. J. Palacio is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. She lives in New York City with her family and a black dog called Bear. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, WONDER, has sold over a million copies worldwide and has spent over two years in the UK and US bestseller charts.

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