Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Malletts Youth, Traverwood Youth
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 classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
My 11-year-old son read this book to me. It led to a lot of discussion about things happening at school and the ways kids treat each other that likely wouldn't have happened without this book. Read it with your kids! Our copy included the Julian Chapter, which added to our discussion.
My 9 yo daughter read this is school this year and insisted I read it. (My son read it several years ago and seconded the recommendation strongly.) Once again, they were spot on.
An excellent book. Another of those YA books that stretches your worldview to see and think and feel how life is from someone else's perspective -- but even better, this tells the story of a boy with severe facial disfigurement from not only his perspective, but also that of his sister and several friends and classmates. It follows Auggie through his first year of middle school, which is also his first year not being homeschooled, and through the social twists and turns of that additional challenge.
This book is for *everyone* 3rd grade and up. Yes, I mean you.
I set out to read this text as a moral (and academic) support for my middle school son who was required to read for school. I quickly found the story intriguing and moving. Protagonist August even with his unique physical characteristics is a realistic companion drew me in into his tale and carried me through on an emotional roller coaster complete with tear jerking moments and inspirational insight.
A lovely, impassioned tale about the redemptive quality of the human spirit. A must read for those of all ages old enough to understand!
Very touching and emotional book telling how people have to get over problems that they didn't mean to have. It was just the luck of the draw. I couldn't stop thinking about all the unlucky people in life.
This is my favorite book of all time. You must read it. It is about a person who has a disfigured face and has to make friends at school. A great book and a must read. It touched my heart and made me cry in some parts.
You know how sometimes your memory of something is very different from your actual experience? I just finished reading this book for the second time, confirming that wasn't the case here. This book was everything I remembered it was. As a teacher, I think this is a must-read for students of all ages, used as a read aloud when appropriate. I have found myself recommending it to adults as well.
Also, Palacio just released an e-book called The Julian Chapter, which is a sequel of sorts to Wonder. I had high expectations, and she met them. Read them both!