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R. J. Palacio
Children's Fiction PALACIO

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chaya rox said:
I read this book and almost started crying. Its a sad book but has a happy ending. It has a good lesson: IGNORE EXTERNALS! I was also surprised to learn it was her first book. Its really amazing!
posted Mar 3, 2014 at 2:33PM
Avatar for Brookdale Library Staff Brookdale Library Staff said:
Great elementary read! Uplifting and inspiring and would be a great choice for any elementary reader! - Erin.
posted Jan 29, 2014 at 10:11AM
Avatar for Laura P. Laura P. said:
I had not read a kid’s book in a long time but heard about this one somewhere and was able to get it on ebook quite quickly. This is a warm hearted story of August, a 10-year-old with a facial deformity that sounds a lot like Treacher Collins syndrome (though it is not named). Lucky for Auggie he has a loving family. He goes through the expected problems when he goes to school for the first time but makes some good friends and is pretty successful. Told from alternating viewpoints of Auggie and other kids (no adults) this is a quick feel-good read. Yes, "kids can be cruel" but they can be pretty darn nice too.
posted Dec 31, 2013 at 11:52AM
SuperSummerReader said:
This book is a fantastic story that everyone show read.
posted Jun 8, 2013 at 11:03AM
Wonder Girl said:
This book is one of my absolute favorites. It is a very good book, and I was surprised to learn that this was R.J. Palacio’s first book!!
posted Jun 8, 2013 at 10:45AM
Mya said:
Wonder was an AMAZING book. It is currently my fave book of all time, and R.J. Palacio is one of my FAVE authors. I can't believe this is the first book she's written!!
posted May 30, 2013 at 8:34PM
Avatar for Kim B Kim B said:
A heart-warming, tender, sometimes heart-breaking, sometimes funny story about Auggie, a 5th grader with many facial deformities. I loved Auggie and his family (and Summer).
posted May 2, 2013 at 6:23PM
AnneCP said:
2013 Selection for Santa Monica Reads (Santa Monica, CA)
posted Mar 27, 2013 at 2:05PM
Winter Jackets at Linden Hills 2013 said:
This was such a great book. It really makes you think about the amount of respect and dignity that you show others.
posted Mar 1, 2013 at 4:26PM
Avatar for Brookdale Library Staff Brookdale Library Staff said:
Home schooled Augie reluctantly goes into 5th grade at Beecher Prep. He and his classmates, initially frightened and repulsed by his horrible facial deformity, have a memorable year, described by several characters. Readers will experience a gamut of emotions, tears to laughter to admiration to empathy. You’ll never avoid looking directly at anyone again. A 2013 ALSC Notable book. Gretchen
posted Feb 21, 2013 at 3:10PM
RidingSolo13 said:
While the story of Wonder was well thought out and well plotted (if not cliche), R.J. Palacio’s style and voice was hugely off putting. Similar to that of Wendy Mass’s (The Candymakers, 2012), Palicio’s tone was obviously intended to capture the innocence of children but in reality created cringe-worthy dialogues. For instance: "After she handed Jack his folder, she said; ’Okay, so, everybody write down your combinations somewhere safe so you won’t forget, okay? But if you do forget, Mrs. Garcia has a list of all the combination numbers, Now go ahead, take your locks out of your folders and soend a couple of minutes practicing how to open them, though I know some of you went ahead and did that anyway.’" While trying to create the illusion of childhood, Palacio succeeded only in sounding childish. The plot of Wonder, however, is excellent. 10 year old August Pullman, born with a facial deformity, is attending school for the first time in his life, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he strugles to be seen as just another student. Best for ages 8-11. For a more mature and better written book with a similar plot, be sure to read Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper(2010).
posted Sep 15, 2012 at 2:48PM
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main characters August Pullman
Age: 10
Born with facial deformity; about to start a public school for the first time; tries to show the other children he is like them.

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