Wonder

Wonder

Book - 2013
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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 taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013, c2012
Edition: Educational ed. --
ISBN: 9780198391012
0198391013
Branch Call Number: J FIC Palac
Characteristics: 391 p. --

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shanlong3
Feb 12, 2019

I think that I did not like "Wonder" because it was just not very good to me even though that some other people think it is good

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dixiedog
Jan 31, 2019

R. J. Palacio’s book ‘Wonder,’ far exceeded the movie in my opinion, at least as the movie came to a close, the last five minutes. It is hard to read this book or watch the movie and not have the strings of your heart touched.

While I enjoyed R. J. Palacio’s book ‘Wonder,’ I found that the ending of the movie was disappointing and Auggies Greatness was not defined as well as it had been described in the book. The movie simply missed or left out so much of the definition of what August (Auggie) Pullman was, a vulnerable yet courageous young man. As Mr. Tushman says, as he reads – “and this is what defines human beings, the Henry Ward Beecher Medal is about recognizing Greatness - Courage, Kindness, Friendship and Character.” “Not just the nature of kindness but the nature of one’s kindness. The power of one’s friendship. The test of one’s character. The strength of one’s courage.”

The screen writers simply blew it in the last five minutes of the movie. It does not ruin the movie and you may not see it if you have not read the book.

A lot can be learned from reading this book. It’s not just about how we speak to and about one another but how we treat one another and tolerate or not tolerate how our friends or colleagues behave in these situations. A good book for parents to read to or with their children and movie to watch. Read the book first; recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.

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LindseyHanneman
Jan 30, 2019

I love this book this will be my second time reading it 5 stars for sure sooo good and inspirational :)

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Ritubedi
Jan 23, 2019

it was okay

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Akshita30
Jan 18, 2019

I love this book than any other book . This book is incredibly awesome. I love how the author narrated Auggie's life such in a way that I just loved it. This book is very educational. The one major thing I learned from this book was that no mater how you look it maters how you are. August's classmate never realized how they would feel if they had a deformed face and if people would scream when they saw their faces. My favorite part of this book was when August was called to receive the gold medal of his kindness.

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bermudadanielle
Jan 18, 2019

Connor

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david_08
Jan 05, 2019

Wonder is my son's favorite book in 2018. we like the way how author narrated this story from different views of people which presented a 360-degree vivid image of Auggie--a life miracle. Walking through the journey with Auggie together, i can feel the unconditional love from his parents and a strong bond among his family. I hope every one in 2019 or in their life can experience an ovation as what Auggie had have in the story.

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black_cat_5066
Dec 23, 2018

Wonder is SUCH a great book! Probably my favorite stand-alone book ever! I noticed a lot of my friends read Wonder, but I thought it'd be boring. But it was NOT! It was very interesting! I was kind of annoyed that I had to read it for a school book study, but I'm glad I read it!

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IAmAbby
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.

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KSUNDBERG1
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.

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black_cat_5066
Dec 23, 2018

black_cat_5066 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

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ranvapa
Nov 11, 2018

ranvapa thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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orange_bear_565
Nov 06, 2018

orange_bear_565 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 99

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Hiny
Nov 02, 2018

Hiny thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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pink_flamingo_961
Aug 17, 2018

pink_flamingo_961 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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anglem123
Jul 20, 2018

anglem123 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

violet_butterfly_8881 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 12

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maddie_genius
May 13, 2018

maddie_genius thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

marycatlyons Apr 25, 2018

marycatlyons thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and under

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maddie4575
Apr 18, 2018

maddie4575 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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white_wolf_1431
Jan 03, 2019

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”

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black_cat_5066
Dec 23, 2018

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

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.

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khan_sohaib
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."

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jmli
Oct 22, 2016

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

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LifeLoverSam
Jul 18, 2016

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

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blue_dog_11984
Jul 09, 2016

"All you need is love"

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natalia1001
Jun 23, 2016

Auggie, you are a wonder, my wonder.

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Bahar_23
Jun 23, 2016

"You are a wonder Auggie, my wonder"

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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".

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uddamgill
May 04, 2017

jeff

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CheesecakeLo
Jun 23, 2016

Wonder

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....

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Bahar_23
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.

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trin0707
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.

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ginbubs
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

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adam2005
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.

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theranger_strider
Jul 09, 2015

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

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vippolito
Jun 29, 2015

Wonder is a heartwarming little novel about ten-year-old Auggie entering a public middle school. The first day of school is terrifying as it is, but imagine this being your first time in public school ever with facial deformities. This is Auggie's tale of coping with his new life and enduring the struggles of middle school.

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kristen555
Jan 02, 2019

Other: DONT USE THE WORD retarded AT ALL

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mmterry
Apr 12, 2018

Other: People who think retarded is a bad word are retarded

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angeliquelong
Jun 22, 2017

Other: Used the word "retarded" as an insult.

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