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Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include the perspectives of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These voices converge to portray a community as it struggles with differences, and challenges readers, both young and old, to wonder about the true nature of empathy, compassion, acceptance, friendship, and—ultimately—kindness. Auggie is a hero for the ages, one who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Wonder has been a New York Times bestseller for over 5 years in a row (with over 140 weeks as #1). It's received numerous national and international awards, including being one of Time magazines 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time (January, 2015), and USA Today's Top 100 bestsellers. The movie Wonder is scheduled to be released on November 17th, 2017.
"Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes—and hearts—to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd."
—PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, Starred Review (February 2012)
"What makes R.J. Palacio's debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie's story…The result is a beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.”
—PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY (February, 2012)
“Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes--and hearts--to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd.”
Booklist, Starred Review (February 2012)
"Rich and memorable... It's Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of 'Wonder,' and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill."
—The New York Times (April 2012)
"Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters . . . A well-written, thought-provoking book."
—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW (June 2012)
"It's in the bigger themes that Palacio's writing shines. This book is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness."
—The Huffington Post (March 2012)
"A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder."
—KIRKUS REVIEWS, Starred Review (December 2011)
"Wonder is a rare gem of a novel--beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart."
—Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids (February 2012)
"WONDER is the best kids' book of the year. . . My favorite thing about Wonder, though, is not that Auggie perseveres—it’s how unsparing the book is about the trouble he encounters along the way."
—Slate (Octobter 2012)
“Palacio has an uncanny grasp of the minds and hearts of 8- to 12-year-olds, and the people who used to be them.”
—The New York Times (September 2014)
"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for."
—Entertainment Weekly, The Top 10 Things We Love This Week (February 2012)
"The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some."
—The London Times, The Top 100 People to Watch (2012)
"I think every mother and father would be better for having read it. Auggie's parents . . . are powerful examples not only of how to shelter and strengthen a child with heartbreaking facial anomalies, but also of how to be a loving advocate to any kid."
—The Huffington Post (January 2013)
"Ye gods, what a wonderful book! . . . this is probably the best such book I've read since Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian...Palacio writes with just the right balance of humor and pathos, making each character both flawed and sympathetic. She "gets" kids -- how they think, how they talk, how they have the capacity to be both horribly mean and incredibly brave and kind."
—Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"WONDER is essentially ... a wonder. It's well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, WONDER touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favor and read this book – your life will be better for it."
—Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times bestselling author:
"Full of heart, full of truth, Wonder is a book about seeing the beauty that's all around us. I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman."
—Rebecca Stead, Newbery award-winning author of When You Reach Me
"It is the deceptive simplicity and honesty of the work that make Wonder so memorable. Every single character seems real and well drawn and oh-so human...This book is beautiful."
—Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery award-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy:
"A beautiful story of kindness and courage. There are many real and well-developed characters, and they each have their shining moments. Of course, Auggie shines the brightest."
—Clare Vanderpool, Newbery award-winning author of Moon Over Manifest
"Wonder is a beautifully told story about heartache, love, and the value of human life. One comes away from it wanting to be a better person."
—Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery honor-winning author
"Wonder is a shining jewel of a story that cannot help but encourage readers of all ages to do better, to be better, in how they treat others in life. I'm totally in love with this novel."
—Trudy Ludwig, anti-bullying advocate and author of My Secret Bully, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, and Just Kidding
"This really is a remarkable book."
—Tom Angelberger, author of The Srange Case of Origami Yoda
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By Emily Bazelon
Slate.com, October, 2012
We talk to its author about bullying, parenting, and empathy. "The book that has moved me most in the past year is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It's the fictional story of August Pullman, a 10-year-old with a very different-looking face—the result of a...
By Heather Hodson
The Telegraph, February, 2012
A new children's novel about a boy with a shocking facial disfigurement is tipped to be a word-of-mouth hit, and will reduce adult readers to tears.
By Alexandra Alter
Wall Street Journal, December 2013
R.J. Palacio's best-selling novel Wonder was born in a moment of panic. She was getting milkshakes with her two sons in Brooklyn when she saw a little girl with a severe facial deformity...
By Michelle Pauli
The Guardian Children's Books Podcast, September 2014
RJ Palacio reads from Wonder, and talks to Michelle Pauli about writing about a boy that has to face a world every day that can't face him back...
By Maria Russo
The New York Times, September 2014
After R. J. Palacio’s Wonder was published in 2012 and became a middle-grades juggernaut, many hoped the author would continue the story of August Pullman, the Manhattan boy born with serious facial deformities, and his friends and family.