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Apr 11, 2021

"Wonder" by Palacio, RJ is a wonderful, heartfelt story about a boy, Auggie Pullman, who was born with facial deformity. Throughout the course of the story, he encounters challenges within school that develop his character overtime. This book teaches you to be accepting of everyone and makes you realize how fortunate you really are. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun and interesting read.

Apr 10, 2021

This book is filled with many heartwarming and empathetic moments. This is definitely one of my favorite childhood books, because the plot relates to so many people that are actually living through it in real life. It's about a boy who has disabilities, which makes it difficult for him in school. He learns how to ignore others and focus on himself when others make fun of him. One thing really unique about this story is that it shows the story through perspectives of different characters. This helped me gain an insight on what everybody was thinking and why they thought that, which really helped my understanding of the book.

This book is sweet and delivers a story that will leave readers with a warm heart and positive message. It's a great read for young children as well, and as a kid who loved reading this is one of my favorites. Auggie is inspirational as he struggles with his deformity and fitting in, which in truth is what all of us strive for as well.

Mar 10, 2021

i read this book to fulfil the goal read a book about body positivity. the book itself was just ok. not really great but definately not bad. I loved it though as i was reading this book my 2nd grader curled up in my lap and said mom, i think i know that book. is that the one where the boy looked all funny but he was really nice and he had a nice dog and it teaches you that it doesn't matter what you look like on the outside and that all you need is to be a really great friend. we then we on to have an amazing conversation about the book. It made this book hold a special place in my heart as the first one my son and i ever talked about outside of a school assignment or a prompting from me.

Mar 08, 2021

Wonder, by R.J Palacio, follows the story of August Pullman who was born with a facial deformity that made it hard for him to attend a real school. This story follows him as he enters the fifth grade and how students treat him because of his deformity. The story is written in a way where different students and different family members can show what they were thinking and why they were thinking it. This literary device creates an intricately woven story about coming to age and facing the world about who you are. This book was amazing, I would recommend this book to the age group of 8 and up.

Jan 15, 2021

Wonder by RJ Palacio is about a young boy named August Pullman who was born with a facial abnormality that makes him appear differently to others. The book goes over his internal conflict and struggles with other children and adults. The book reflects on his insecurities and personality through this captivating tale. Wonder makes readers realize that superficiality is our worst enemy when judging people and their character. I would suggest that children 11+ read this, and give it 4/5 stars.

Jan 12, 2021

Wonder is a really amazing story of a boy (Auggie) who has facial differences. Because of this, throughout his life he is always looked down upon and is stared at. He is starting 5th grade. He has wonderful family support, but this is really scary for Auggie. He doesn't want to be bullied. The book is about Auggie finding himself, and learning how to not care. He finds good friends which he doesn’t get along with at first. There are many ups, and downs throughout the story. I love how the book changes perspective to other characters. It has the perfect amount of humor too! If you finish reading the book, I recommend watching the movie.

Dec 28, 2020

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a story about a boy named August Pullman (Auggie)
who was born with a facial difference. He was homeschooled all of his life, but he
enrolled into a private school for fifth grade. He makes some friends, but he gets
bullied by many of the other students. I liked how brave he was, even though some
people were treating him as different from them. I would recommend this book to
everyone, as it is inspiring to see how courageous Auggie was, when faced with
bullies and others who tried to tear him down.

Nov 13, 2020

This book is so amazing! I loved it so much! I don't mean to be cheesy but very few books and movies make me cry and this is one of them!🥺😢

Sep 28, 2020

August “Auggie” Pullman has had 27 surgeries to correct facial anomalies he was born with, but he still has a face that has earned him such cruel nicknames as Freak, Freddy Krueger, Gross-out and Lizard face. His facial features look like they’ve been melted, like the drippings on a candle. When August begins middle school, he is nervous because he cannot even walk down the school corridor without being the subject of stares and cruelty. This book gives a realistic look at the frankly brutal reality. It manages to be about a person with an unlucky and rare syndrome, who we love not out of sympathy but out of love for him. Auggie may be finding his place in the world, but that world must find a way to make room for him, too. Indeed this is a memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.

Sep 12, 2020

“Wonder” by R.J Palacio is about a 10 year boy born with a facial deformity that and the challenges he experiences when enrolled in a public school. August Pullman is enrolled into a public school after his parents decide that it would be best for him. He was previously home schooled.He experiences the same issues as most kids do like bullying and making friends although these challenges are magnified due to his facial deformity. This story also does a great job showing the viewpoints of others that were the closest to August like his sister, and friends. This helps tell the story and helps us understand what others feel like that are around him. It can also help us understand what family members of children with disability’s feel and how they are affected by it. August with the support of his family and friend, overcomes the challenges of middle school and has a successful first yer of middle school as well as getting new friends This book shows us why it is important to have dignity and respect for others even if they have a disability or a re different than us. A great read to understand the lives of others and how we affect others through decisions that we make towards others. 10/10
@Sportsreader03 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

“Wonder”, written by R. J. Palacio, is an extremely heart touching and eye opening book. Auggie Pullman is an ordinary boy, but was born with a different face, and faces many problems in society because of that. Up until Grade 5, Auggie did not attend a regular public school because he was worried about how others would treat him, and when he did build up enough courage to finally go to school, his classmates just wouldn’t stop judging him by his face. By reading this book, you can almost see what it feels like when you get bullied for something you can’t control, because most of this book is written in Auggie’s perspective. This book really teaches the readers a lesson to be kind and to not discriminate against anyone for the way they look, or for anything else that someone can’t control about themselves. Along with being educational, this book is also very entertaining, and I would recommend it to all audiences. I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5.
@Rose of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I'm a big fan of movies and would much rather watch a movie over reading a book (I only read books If I have to). I came across the movie Wonder and really fell in love with the description of the movie so I gave it a try, this movie ended up being one of my all-time favorites! The fact that this movie impacted me so much it made me want to try out the book, I read the book and it gave me an even deeper connection to the movie and in fact, I liked the book more. I've read it more than once and will most likely read it again because the moral of this story is very important. This book could spike a few triggers for people but if you look into it before you read it you should be able to figure out if it is for you or not. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a read you can connect with and feel, I also recommend this book to people who may not like to read as much as they like movies. I rate this book a 5/5.
@moviefan of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Sep 08, 2020

This is a really good book. There are a lot of life’s lessons in it. The first being nothing supersedes kindness, respect and dignity for every person. To simply live that truth can change the world. This book focuses on that message throughout. That, and the courage the protagonist, Auggie, has to employ in struggling to help people learn and apply it in a world of pre-defined norms.

Aug 25, 2020

Palacio’s Wonder is a wonderful book of coming-of-age. Auggie, a boy with multiple face deformations due to complications in his birth, has been homeschooled his whole life. He’s been relatively sheltered from other people seeing him and interacting with him. However, it will all change when he decides to attend school for his 5th grade. Will he be able to make it through the year? Or will he succumb to the weird looks and mean names that other kids call him? I would highly recommend it!

Aug 25, 2020

I loved this book so amazing. My favorite characters are Summer Auggie and jack definitely 5 stars

Aug 17, 2020

This talks about August Pullman, a child who wants to be normal but isn't to the normal human eye as he has a very special type of facial deformation which has affected him and his family. But in his family's eyes, he's the most extraordinary kid in the world. Even though he gets bullied, but at the end he gets the things he dreamed to become true! (I'm not gonna spoil it ;) Ha)

Aug 06, 2020

Wonder, written by RJ Palacio, has multiple flaws but is still a heartwarming and often relatable tale that's worth reading. The message it aims to convey is terrific - never be ashamed of yourself, and release the concept of 'fitting in.' However, the execution isn't as punchy, though it sounds fabulous on paper. The book wants to be fresh but struggles to subvert many cliches. For the longest time, the novel doesn't become anything more than a typical teen-drama, thereby compromising the freshness. Many characters feel forced, especially a character that seems to fulfil the requirement of an antagonist. However, Wonder does have its moments. The novel gives more than enough to root for the protagonist, Auggie, and thankfully, never sentimentalizes his character. I loved how the novel explored how Auggie's condition affected the people around him, so it doesn't become overly gazed upon by the protagonist for sentimental value. This is also a very fresh narrative style that allows the novel to become strong on its own terms. The film also stays faithful to the time with some fun touches, like the fact that he owns an Xbox and enjoys the Star Wars films. Overall, Wonder is far from being perfect, but it's an enjoyable read. Rating: 3/5
@SSGDP of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The main character of 'Wonder' is a boy who was born with facial disfigurement, his name is August Pullman. He has to learn how to survive at his new middle school, and cope with the outside world. His friends are Charlotte, Jack and Summer. August is a kind, shy boy. Isabel, August's mother, is kind, caring, and is very patient with him. She was once a children book illustrator, but stopped her work to care for August when he was born. I really like this book, it is a tearjerker. This novel is unique in exploring the difficulties that many people with physical deformities have when interacting with the outside world. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wouldn't mind a coming of age story.
@Subsub of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that it was very meaningful, and was able to express a lot of important messages in an engaging and entertaining way, which makes it more interesting to younger readers. The characters were all very well developed, which definitely added more authenticity to the story line. I liked how there were different narrators in the book, as well, which gave further insight into each character’s life, struggles, and personalities. I appreciated all of its messages of acceptance, and think that this would be a great book for anyone to read and learn from. 4/5 stars
@PenelopeScriptor of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The book called Wonder is a story about 11 year old August Pullman who doesn’t have a normal looking face. He has a rare medical facial deformity, which he refers to as “mandibulofacial dysostosis“, more commonly known as Treacher Collins syndrome as well as a cleft palate. He was homeschooled by his mother until the fifth grade. The book begins with August's parents deciding to send him to a private school called Beecher Prep. The story revolves around what difficulties Auggie (August) faces in school. I would give this book five stars and consider it to be equally as good for boys and girls ages 9+. It has some mature topics but most kids could relate to Auggie's feelings and concerns. I think that Wonder deserves to be an international bestseller as it will hook everyone who reads it. It is a bold, brilliant book that is well worth reading by anyone who is prepared to be amazed and can appreciate a good literature.
@GymGirl of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 30, 2020

great book

Jul 24, 2020

August may look different than everyone else, but inside he is just a normal kid. A normal kid who has been homeschooled his whole life because of the many surgeries that he needed to have. A normal kid who gets stared at wherever he goes. A normal kid who just wants to fit in.

When August starts to go to a real middle school, his world turns upside down. He deals with bullies, relationships, friends, and doing what's right.

A wonderfully written book that will have you sobbing at times and rolling on the floor laughing at others. Very authentic and relatable characters. It's a thought-provoking story that shows you different perspectives and ways of thinking.

Jul 19, 2020

Born with facial deformities, August “Auggie” Pullman had always tried to fit in. When his parents enrolled him for school, he became terrified of the aspect of interacting with other students. He eventually meets a boy named Jack and they quickly become friends. Through a series of inner familial problems, a potential betrayal by Auggie’s best friend, and a physical assault at a nature camp, Palacio shows readers the significance of perseverance, inner strength, and fitting-in through Auggie. This novel also shows the importance of virtues such as anti-bullying and acceptance through a middle-school child’s eyes, which is what makes this so appealing to children because they can connect to Auggie more.

Jul 18, 2020

August Pullman has had a craniofacial abnormality and has been homeschooled his whole life because of this. However, when middle school comes, his mom wants him to learn more than she can teach him, so he is sent to Beecher Prep. Most of the kids don’t bother him, but some are different, and he ends up getting hurt by one of his closest friends. Wonder takes the simple message of being kind to those who are different to another level. The text is elementary with very literal meanings making it a great read for novices.

Jul 01, 2020

R.J. Palacio’s book, “Wonder,” is an inspirational story of a fifth-grader named August Pullman, who is different from others by his appearance. Auggie was home-schooled for most of his life due to his facial differences but in fifth grade, he went to a private school for the first time. School was especially difficult for Auggie as he encountered many bullies and people who would make fun of his face. However, some people in his school stood for him and made strong friendships with him. Auggie refused to go to school many times because of being discouraged by his peers but his parents and true friends kept him resilient. The message of the book was impactful, which was innocence and compassion. Through Auggie's experience, I have learned that Auggie was not different, but rather remarkable, as he was made to inspire others by his perseverance in a difficult situation. This book is very realistic about how students are in school to those who are different, no matter what the problem may be. I loved every bit of the book and felt the pain that Auggie faced by putting myself in the situation. From every aspect, the book was well written and heart touching. Nonetheless, the book taught me lessons that I can use in my life also, whether it is regarding friendship or hardships in school. In all, “Wonder” is a book that nearly all ages will find inspiring and unforgettable.

Jun 30, 2020

Absolutely amazing! A must read for everyone.

Jun 15, 2020

Wonderful story. As a teacher it inspire me a lot. My tears are literally rolling down when I'm in the Graduation Ceremony Chapters. I am so happy for Augie going through all of those hardship. Nothing will be accomplished without the help of his loving family, friends, teachers and school.

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 08, 2020

The first year of middle school for Augie doesn't quite have the narrative arc of a typical novel, but it's that sort of realistic fiction that just feels right. Everything in here is believable. Everything probably has and will happen out there. This should be required reading for people, and a lovely reminder to be a good person. Understanding > judgement.

Ever been the new kid? Imagine being the new kid at middle school after you’ve been homeschooled your whole life, because you have facial deformities so severe that other children run from you screaming. August Pullman is an extraordinary boy. A wonder, really. It was a wonder that when he was born he survived at all. So far he has had 27 surgeries. With all of the medical procedures necessary to keep him alive the first 10 years of his life, he simply could never go to a regular school … until now. While you might expect this to be a book about bullies (it is), you’ll also want to stand up and cheer for Auggie and the few kids who bravely decide to become his friends, despite a fifth-grade-wide “war” at the school. — Linnea F., Plymouth Library

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