'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.
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The breakout sensation of 2012... Wonder is destined to go the way of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time... dark, funny, touching. No Tube carriage will be without a copy this year - The Times
Emotionally rewarding... funny, touching, honest - Daily Mail
Gripping - I'd really recommend it to anybody. It's a young adult book book about a little boy who's born with a disfigured face, written from his point of view... charming, brutal and brilliant - Observer
I'd defy anyone not to well up when he cries: 'Why do I have to be so ugly, Mommy?', and as for the climax, 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
Tremendously uplifting and a novel of all-too-rare power - Sunday Express
If you read one book this year, make it this one... a funny, emotional, brilliantly observed story... We loved it - Bella
For anyone who has ever worried about their child's vulnerabilities, Wonder will strike at your heart - Daily Telegraph
In its assured simplicity and boldness (reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird), it also has the power to move hearts and change minds - Guardian
When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it - Financial Times
What a gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry - Malorie Blackman
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 2.5 million copies worldwide and has spent over three years in the UK and US bestseller charts.