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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 clasassmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375899881
Characteristics: 1 online resource (315 p.) : ill.
Summary: 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 clasassmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.


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A severe facial deformity he's had since birth has kept Auggie largely sheltered within his home, until now. Transitioning from home-school to public school will require bravery and some serious friend support - will Auggie's new classmates accept him as he is?

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LoganLib_JennyI Sep 20, 2017

This is a charming book about Auggie who sets off to Middle School with the challenge of a genetic facial deformity. The story is told from the point of view of several people in Auggie's life, including himself. This technique enables the many scenarios that Auggie faces to be viewed through others eyes and places the reader in the position of wondering what they themselves might do?
Auggie's sense of humour, family and a couple of great friends light a beacon of hope for the humanity of Middle School!

peterpanbookclub Sep 05, 2017

"Ye gods, what a wonderful book! " - Rick Riordan , 5 stars

Aug 23, 2017

This was a very inspirational book to read. The book looks at a unique story through the eyes of young boy Auggie, and his difficult transition into school. It's an innocent book and you are guaranteed to find yourself on an emotional roller coaster as the author takes you through the ups and downs of what it's like to go to school for the first time and the challenges of that, topped with serious medical conditions leaving your face looking different, and as Auggie puts it, ugly. It shows how tough it can be to look past someone's exterior, especially for young children, but what a beautiful and life giving friendship you can obtain once you do. I would rate this 5/5 stars for its pure, innocent, and truly beautiful message. It is the perfect novel to read to kids.
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 19, 2017

This book is good, but sad. It made me cry.

Jul 23, 2017

Wonder is a truly heartwarming novel. The book begins when August Pullman, decides to start school. Through the ups and the downs of starting middle school, friend issues and having the most adventurous night of his life, the novel is unquestionably stunning. This book is also somewhat unique as well, as it is told between the perspectives of 8 characters. I really enjoyed every line in this novel. for most parts of this amazing book I was on the edge of my seat just craving more. For all the hype about this story, it is totally worth the read because it became my favorite book in less than 10 chapters. I would defiantly recommend this great tale, to all types of readers!

Jul 07, 2017

I would rate this book five stars because it made me want to read more. My favourite part of this book was when August went to the camp at the end of the year. I liked this part because it was really interesting how he stood up to those bullies and made a lot of friends. I would not give any feedback about this book.

Jul 02, 2017

Amazing story and sad. This book really y put it in perspective. If you like this book there is another book that is sad but beautiful called ugly great book too.

Jul 01, 2017

This book was a wonder. A realistic look into a boy's life as he struggles with his family relationships and his new experiences in a 5th grade classroom. I loved, loved, loved this book. One of my favorites this year. It was so honest and inspiring and filled with hope despite the setbacks that occurred for all of them.

The middle school headmaster was such a wonderful example for his students and a true servant -- a model that many can follow. Loved this quote from his graduation address to the 5th grade at the end of the book: “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.”

The quote above is just one of many of the great concepts set forth in this book reminding us how we can love the other people we come in contact with each day -- how we can show God's love to others. I put this book on my "To Read" list because I had seen the movie trailer. I must say that the casting for August's mom and dad seems to be spot on. Looking forward to seeing the book brought to life even though the written word can't possibly be trumped in this case. If you doubt me, just look at the list of quotes on this page.

Jun 22, 2017

I have mixed feelings about this book. This review will probably be longer than most of my typical reviews, so bare with me here.
I really like this book for the fact that I feel like they are portraying a demographic/population that is often ignored in literature and other forms of mass media. People with disabilities is the largest minority group in our country (USA), but yet we never see them in the media, we never hear about their issues, and our country basically ignores all people with disabilities.
As a person who has grown up with disabilities, I can attest to how hard school is when you are different. Kids are mean. Period. The reason I initially asked my parents to take me out of school is because kids were mean to me; I was constantly being picked on. My first memory of kids laughing at me was in Kindergarten. So, I can understand August's challenges he faced going to school for the first time.
I also really enjoyed that the book gave us different perspectives of Auggie's story. When there is a child with a disability, it affects the entire family. We (I) often don't think of how families are coping with what is going on.
HOWEVER! I don't appreciate the fact that the author used the word "retarded" as a way to call someone stupid, or clueless. There was absolutely no need for that.
I feel like I have to decide which issue is more important to me when I'm reviewing/recommending this book, which I think really sucks.
But, I WOULD recommend this book to people working/living/loving an individual with a physical disability, or even an individual who has a disability with the caveat that it DOES use the R word. And I will NOT be buying the book because I don't want to be giving money to the author.
I'm not sure how to handle this situation. I don't want to support this decision to use this word, but at the same time I think this was a really good book.
You decide.

Jun 11, 2017

I think every parent and teacher should read this. A story about the life of a little boy with facial deformities navigating his first year of school. A great book that will teach your students/children about bullying.

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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

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"

Jul 02, 2016

Don't try too hard to be cool. It always shows, and that's uncool.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

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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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!

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.

Jun 09, 2015

August (Auggie) Pullman has been born with facial problems, and things don't go much better when he starts to go to a public school. rEAD about his journey as a kid who can't help but to stand out.

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Jun 22, 2017

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

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