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Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.

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

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. WONDER , now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy . In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness" --indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375869020
Branch Call Number: j F PALACIO
Characteristics: 315 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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“Choose kind.” Once people meet Auggie, a boy with a severe facial abnormality, he’s hard to forget. Auggie has been homeschooled through 4th grade and is about to start private school for 5th. He learns about the cruelty and kindness of his classmates, while they are forced to confront their own... Read More »

2018 Read Across Lawrence selection. A very highly-acclaimed kids' book for all ages!

“Choose kind.” Once people meet Auggie, a boy with a severe facial abnormality, he’s hard to forget. Auggie has been homeschooled through 4th grade and is about to start private school for 5th. He learns about the cruelty and kindness of his classmates, while they are forced to confront their own... Read More »

Auggie was born with a facial defect that has kept him at home. But now as he enters fifth grade, Auggie decides to enroll in school and confront the bullies. Called, "a meditation on kindness", Wonder is a commentary on empathy, compassion, and the complexity of friendship.

Readers dealing with difficulties at school will relate to Auggie's struggles. He was born with an extreme facial abnormality and is entering 5th grade after a lifetime of homeschooling. Wonder gives a special perspective on friendship and the sometimes painful landscape of school. Overall this i... Read More »

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Jul 09, 2018

It's a pretty amazing book for all ages! It brings the important discussion about bullying and how we can deal with the differences. Also, it's very helpful to learn English because has many dialogues and vocabularies. For ESL learners It's always a good deal! Inspirational book!

May 05, 2018

this book is really inspiring and good read it period.

Apr 26, 2018

A nicely paced story, that inspires the reader to see with their heart what the eyes cannot see.

PimaLib_Kids Apr 22, 2018

It has a lot of detail! It's very calm, relaxing and exciting. The story also has a great theme. You should read Wonder very soon! - Kaylee, age 11

I love it because it is a good book. It shows the views of different people. - Ayana R., age 8

I really like how Auggie was brave and how Amos, Miles and Henry stood up for Auggie. - Maya Q., age 10

Apr 18, 2018

this book is so good!!!!
it makes you feel so many different feelings and makes you never want to put down the book.
if you can i would for sure read the book and watch the movie.

SPPL_ChanjoLight Mar 17, 2018

If you want tears, frustration at stupidness, meanness, and just how can people be heartless, but at the same time think, "Yeah, I kind of do that sometimes, but I don't mean to!" (we are all human beings) or think what can I do when I am just one person. Read this book as it shows that although it is hard to be kind and you are just trying to survive in this world, this book shows that you don't have to try to hard when all you have to do is be kind (even just a little as it can go a long way), have empathy, be compassionate, and most of all have wonder at what you can and others can do when you are kind to each other.

Mar 16, 2018

It's as good as the book. Awesome cast.

bookloverjane Mar 12, 2018

Well written; I enjoyed the way the author provided a unique perspective for each of the major characters in this novel.

Mar 12, 2018

it's as wonderful as everyone says. My only quibble is that the sections from different characters have different information, but not that much in the way of distinct voices.

Mar 10, 2018

Amazing book to read. Heartwarming and has a strong message in it. Recommend it a lot

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Feb 18, 2018

Vraie citation: <<Ne jugez pas un livre par sa couverture>>
Citation adaptee: <<Ne jugez pas un garcon sur son apparence>>

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.

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."

Oct 22, 2016

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

Jul 18, 2016

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

Jul 09, 2016

"All you need is love"

Jun 23, 2016

Auggie, you are a wonder, my wonder.

Jun 23, 2016

"You are a wonder Auggie, my wonder"

Jun 15, 2016

" Not just the nature of kindness, but the nature of one's kindness. The power of ones friendship. The test of one's character. The strength of ones courage."

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SPPL_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".

Feb 18, 2018

C'est l'histoire d'un jeune garcon nomme August Pullman qui est atteint des son enfance d'une malformation faciale. Il a l'ecole a la maison par sa mere. Et en allant a sa 6e annee (college), il va maintenant a la vraie ecole comme tout le monde. Une histoire emouvante d'un jeune garcon de 10 ans. Desolee pour les fautes... L'ordinateur ne me permet pas de mettre des accent graves, aigus, circonflexes (etc...).

May 04, 2017


Jun 23, 2016


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....

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.

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.

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

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.

Jul 09, 2015

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

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Apr 12, 2018

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