11 years +  

Wonder (Paperback)

RJ Palacio

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11 years +

A poignant book that made all of us laugh and cry in equal measure, R.J. Palacio's Wonder is told using different voices but at its centre is the honest and courageous character of 10-year-old August, a boy who was born with a severe facial disfigurement.

August is about to start middle school after being home-schooled by his mum for years. The challenge is a tough one for someone like August and he has to tackle bullies and childish cruelty in his journey. But August's resilience, humour and bravery really shine through, making this an uplifting novel that will linger in the reader's thoughts for a long time to come.


Product Details

  • Product code: RJP2
  • ISBN: 9780552565974
  • Publisher: 1013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.7cm x 12.9cm
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish date: Thu Jan 03 00:00:00 GMT 2013
  • Book points: 3

Red House Reader Review

Reader review: Wonder - Paperback - 9780552565974
Joe Bruton
Red House Reviewer

"There are almost always more than two sides to every story.” This is a story about ten-year-old August who was born with a terrible facial abnormality. He's been home-schooled all his life but now he's starting school for the first time. But this is not just August's story. It's told by lots of different characters including his sister, Via, his friend Summer and his (ex) friend, Jack. Each person sees things differently and they each have their own story to tell but they all link together in the end. I think this book is amazing, funny and emotional. I loved learning more as each character told their side of the story and I couldn't put it down (nor could my mum!). This book made me think that you shouldn't judge a book or indeed a person by the cover or their face. I think everyone should read this book as it really makes you think about being kinder to everyone you meet. It's now my absolute favourite book of all time.

Reader review: Wonder - Paperback - 9780552565974
Sebastian Westwood
Red House Reviewer

To his parents and sister Via, August Pullman, called Auggie for short, is a wonder. To other people, he is a boy with a deformed face, and he has to overcome prejudices and stereotypes wherever he goes. When he starts at Beecher Prep school, things are particularly tough for him, and a camping expedition tests Auggie's strength to the limit. However, everyone emerges from it for the better and lots of people learn something, not just Auggie... 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 to the novel, I was sorry to let Auggie go! Thoroughly recommended for all readers over the age of 10.

Reader review: Wonder - Paperback - 9780552565974
Holly Richmond
Red House Reviewer

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. Wonder is about August, a ten-year-old boy who has, as they describe it, a terrible 'facial abnormality'. August just wants to be an ordinary boy. He does ordinary things like eating ice cream and playing his Xbox, but to everyone else… he is far from ordinary. In the book its August's first year at a real school. Before then he had been home schooled by his Mum, but at the start of the book his parents decide he should go to real school. This book is about all the ups and downs of August's life, in school and out, from his point of view and people around him. I would give this book 5 out of 5 and I admit I loved this book.

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Such a good book! I can not let go of the book .Best book ever!!! Perfect for the ones who likes books of people being bullied or different!

Geovanna ortis , Fri Nov 03 22:10:05 GMT 2017

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Every human tweenager onwards needs to read this book. -

This is the sort of book that stays with you when you've read it, and it's for tweenagers and adults alike. I completely agree with and cannot really add much to the Red House review - it is about resilience, bravery .(..and being kinder than necessary).

It handles human behaviours and I think it encourages us to be better people, but it's not a preachy book, it's just a darned good story. It made me crumple, cry, feel tender, relieved and encouraged. (The follow-up book is also good).

Kath , Tue Mar 29 20:28:57 BST 2016

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Thought-provoking -

I bought this for my daughter as she needs it for English in Year 7. Having already read it whilst in Year 6, she told me that I should read it as it's very good. I have just finished reading it, finding it very hard to put down. It was a compelling read, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and just brilliant.

She found it amusing just how upsetting I found it at times. I think it's a good choice for Year 6+ to read as a class as it will bring great discussions.

Jems4 , Sat Feb 27 16:35:16 GMT 2016

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Heart-warming -

I read this book in year 7 because everyone was talking about it. I love it and it was amazing.

Di , Thu Jul 30 16:43:04 BST 2015

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Amazing -

'Wonder' follows the story of August, or Auggie for short. He's 10, has been home-schooled all his life until now and... has a facial abnormality. At his new school, he faces challenges and at his class' camping trip, his courage is tested to the limit. The story is told in different viewpoints, from Auggie's to his sister's boyfriend's, which I think is good because you get to know the different character's personalities. Overall, I think this is an AMAZING book and would definitely recommend it to any children- or even adults!- that like books that make them cry, laugh and become addicted. 5/5

Emma , Mon Jul 06 20:54:17 BST 2015

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