Wonder is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all? Through the voices of Auggie, his big sister Via, and his new friends Jack and Summer, Wonder follows Auggie's journey through his first year at Beecher Prep. Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
©2012 R J Palacio (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
I loved the fact that it was told by the point of view of different characters. Very interesting
No way! The main character August's narrator had such an annoying voice!! I suggest you listen to the preview first!
No emotional attachment, but it was good. I wouldnt bother to read it again.
Not a bad book, just bad readers! The main characters narrator was just terrible - be warned! If you can see past that then give it a go. It has sad moments, happy moments and the story isnt complicated. It just plods along at a good pace.
the story was told and acted out beautifully by the narrators.
Obviously it has to be Auggie..... absolutely brilliant
I felt i was a part of the story, It was like I was there.
I really enjoyed listening to this book but equally enjoyed reading it.
Dibs in search of self. This book leaves one with a similar feeling even though the theme is different.
They were equally professional.
Watch me grow.
I loved this book! I am not an emotional type but I can honestly say I was moved to tears as read parts of it. I urge all adults to read or listen to this wonderful story.
Assistant Librarian · Eton College School Library,United Kingdom
August has always felt like a bit of an outsider compared to his peers; he's undergone countless operations and has been home-schooled all his life. Needless to say, when he and his family make the decision for him to start 5th grade in public school, he didn't exactly warm to the idea at first.
One of the main things I loved about the book was August's attitude towards life: his ability to cope, to be genuinely happy and make a comedy out of his situation is humbling for anyone to read especially when he is at the tender age of ten. August faced many mixed reactions when starting school; there were lots of supportive people and an equal number of not so supportive people but he never let that stop him. Like anybody, August had good days and not so good days but with the support of his loving family August thrived and R.J. Palacio has created a humbling role model for adults and children alike.
Will read anything within reason.
This is the sort of book I would normally avoid but I was intrigued by the reviews and so gave the benefit of the doubt. I am so glad I did. There is little point in me describing the story except to say it is not maudlin or exploitative. Despite his problems Auggie is a very normal little boy, capable of being truculent and demanding. I particularly loved it when he met his sister's new boyfriend and the boyfriend's reaction to Auggie and his family.
This is a story that will make you want to be a better person and be on the side of the good guys.
The voices changed as the chapters for each character changed. It made it much easier to really feel and hear each characters voice.
The different voices and expressions.
It was too long to listen to in one sitting.
A book that is guaranteed to take your child on an amazing journey - engrossing, entertaining, enlightening - there aren't enough superlatives you can apply to this book to do it justice.
It was kind of boring at first but started to get interesting as the characters grow up. I love Jack's part the most as I can relate to him. And it gets me reary with daisy death. Well done for a children book.
"Great Story - didn't love the narrator"
No question, this is a good novel. I question though the choice of narrator. The narrator is a woman, the main charcter is a 10 year old boy. The narrator puts on a voice, to try and sound like a 10 year old boy. In my opinion, she sounds, at times, like those chain smoking aunts from The Simpsons. The narrator definitely affected my enjoyment of the audiobook. I preferred reading the novel.
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