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Wonder by Palacio, R. J.



R. J. Palacio

Kindness brings us together no matter how far apart we are. Millions of people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. A perfect read for back to school -- no matter what that looks like

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement, a major motion picture, and the critically acclaimed graphic novel White Bird.

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.

Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder, #choosekind

Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: 02/14/2012
ISBN: 9780375869020
Pages: 315
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.70w x 1.20d
Award: Georgia Children's Book Award - Winner
Award: Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award - Winner
Award: Texas Lone Star Reading List - Commended
Award: Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - Recommended
Award: Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award - Winner
Award: Bluebonnet Awards - Nominee

Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2011
Booklist 02/01/2012 pg. 77
School Library Journal 02/01/2012 pg. 130
Publishers Weekly 02/20/2012
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2012
Shelf Awareness 02/21/2012
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2012 pg. 126
Kirkus Best Children's Books 11/15/2012 pg. 73
NY Times Notable Bks of Year 12/02/2012 pg. 33
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2012 pg. 32
Christian Century 12/12/2012 pg. 24
Shelf Awareness 12/28/2012
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2012 pg. 78 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 149900 / Wonder
Reading Level: 4.8 / Interest Level: Middle Grade / Point Value: 11