‘Wonder’: ‘Everyone should get a standing ovation…’

Eliza logoI’M READING “Wonder,” by R. J. Palacio, for a third time. I love it and think you might like it too. It’s about a kid named August Pullman who was born with facial deformities, and he’s going to a new school for the first time. He’s starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep.

At first, when he gets to school, he has no friends except for Jack Will and a girl he meets at lunch named Sumner.

Wonder; R. J. Palacio (2012, Random House)
Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, published in 2012 by  Random House, is awesome!

Later in the book the whole school goes on an overnight field trip to a nature resort, and there is a movie. August and Jack go into the woods — and they find some mean seventh-graders who try to punch them.

[Characters named] Amos, Miles, and Henry stop the bullies.

There is something August made up in the end of the book, which goes like this: “Everyone should get a standing ovation once in his or her life.”

I received “Wonder” as a Christmas gift from my aunt. I know if a book is good by reading the first two pages, and I’ll say yeah or no. I started reading this one and it was pretty good. If I read a book I like and then I see it on a shelf, sometimes I’ll want to read it again.
My sister, Ainsley has read the book too.

R. J. Palacio has also written “365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts” and [with Michael Chamberlain] “The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story,” which tells “Wonder” from the character Julian’s [the bully] side of the story.

I think it would take an average reader from fourth grade about a half-hour a night for two weeks to read “Wonder.”

Here is a quote from the book: “I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” — Auggie Pullman.


Editor’s Note: “Wonder” was No. 1 on the New York Times best seller list. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based author R. J. Palacio calls it “a meditation on kindness.”

“Wonder” tells Auggie’s story through six different viewpoints, but Julian’s perspective was not included. Random House explains, “‘The Julian Chapter’ reveals the bully’s side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?”

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