Wonder by R J Palacio (Author, Illustrator)
Paperback: 316 pages
Age Range: 9 – 11 years
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Now an Oscar nominated film starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay.
‘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.
“Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds” (Guardian)
“Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant” (Observer)
“It wreaks emotional havoc . . . 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)
“Awesome . . . So authentic you’ll swear a kid wrote the book. And yes, that’s a good thing” (Glamour)
From the Inside Flap
Wonder is a novel written by celebrated children’s writer R J Palacio. August or Auggie is a young ten-year-old boy who has been born with an incredible facial abnormality. He is a normal young kid who eats ice cream and plays on his xbox but his abnormality drives other children away on roads and on playgrounds. Owing to his abnormality, his parents have him homeschooled till the age of ten. But now Auggie must go to school, a real one at that, with other children. August dreads his first day in school and the book talks about his trials and trepidations. The book is a children’s book that can be enjoyed in one sitting. Like most children’s books the language is simple and palacio creates a mark with his debut children’s book in the genre. Palacio’s language is simple and easy to understand. The story is gripping and very touching. About a boy with a facial abnormality the book can touch the chords of many and is selling like hot cakes. The book talks about august’s interactions with his parents, other children and about how he faces school despite his abnormality. The book can be read by children upwards the age of ten and is recommended by teachers for parents to read to their children. It creates in children a compassion for those who are less fortunate and talks about the normalcy that is innate in us and that makes us human despite our differences. The book was published by rhuk in 2013 and is available in paperback. Key features:the book is written in lucid and clear language and is easy to understand. The book, wonder, can be enjoyed by children and parents alike and talks about a young 10-year-old’s tryst with destiny. With a facial abnormality August wants only to be accepted and liked by his peers and how he goes about it.
About the Author
R. J. Palacio lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two sons and two dogs (Bear and Beau). Her debut novel, Wonder, has been on the New York Times bestseller list since March, 2012, and has sold over 14 million copies worldwide. The book’s message of kindness has inspired the Choose Kind movement, and has been embraced by readers, young and old, around the world.
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