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Soon to be a major film starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. 'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.' Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all? WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

Wonder Reviews | Toppsta

9780552565974
  • ISBN: 9780552565974
  • Pub Date: 3rd February 2012
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 320

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15th June '18
JujuxFlamingo read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
This book was so great to read. I was really sad at some points, and happy/excited at others. The book teaches you about friendship and kindness. It's about a boy that was born with "Cleft Palate" and joins a school for the very first time. It's an amazing book- for children and adults. Although, I thought the ending was going to be completely different- but I liked anyway.
27th March '18
Ali read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
An incredibly moving yet exciting book, about a young boy with a major disability. The story is about him trying to go to a new school, and fit in with the other children. But, his disability makes everything a lot more difficult for him. This book is amazing, and a really good read for anyone.
15th June '18
JujuxFlamingo read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
This book was so great to read. I was really sad at some points, and happy/excited at others. The book teaches you about friendship and kindness. It's about a boy that was born with "Cleft Palate" and joins a school for the very first time. It's an amazing book- for children and adults. Although, I thought the ending was going to be completely different- but I liked anyway.
15th November '16
MarcyB read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I loved this book because there was nonstop adventure and unexpected happenings. this book is VERY emotional and touching because it always feels like that book was made for you especially. it is almost like the book reflects your own life and emotions  So if your looking for a decent sized book to feast your eyes upon i would choose this book if i were you.
7th June '18
OllieP read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
Wonder is a really amazing book. Probably my favourite book so far. My best bit of the book was when Jack Will defended August in the forest against loads of 7th graders. I would definitely recommend this book to every one in school above year 3. 
29th January '18
Goldencrown1011 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
 WONDER
I love this book! This book is very enjoyable to read and quite emotional. It almost made me want to cry! I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 6/7. This book really is a wonder! I enjoyed every second of it! I strongly recommend this book.
4th April '18
ChildGenius read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
This captivating book is about a child with a deformed face who has been homeschooled for his life. However, he is then sent to school and he doesn’t like it because of the bullying there , due to his deformed face. The book talks about the bullying and other issues from many peoples perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
8th April '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
this book was amazing and truly inspirational. I am an adult and read this as an adult but its my belief everyone 9+ should read this book. So many lessons to learn and so much that stays with you. if I was a teacher I would ensure this book was read and discussed.
As soon as my daughter is old enough I will be buying her this book.
17th August '17
I read it myself aged 11 aged 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
Wonder is probrably my all time favourite book, full of twist and turn, you never know what is going to happen next. Such a touching book about a young boy called August, who was born with a rare facial disformality. Because of his condition, when he starts school after being homeschooled for all his life (10 years), he gets bullied by a horrid child named Julian. Fortunately, Jack, Julian's former friend, takes the time to talk to August. And so does Summer a kind girl who wants to be a friend to August. All three of them become strong friends. Soon August realises that you don't have to be ordinary to fit in. Wonder is a book that everyone can relate to. I would recommend this to anyone who want a really touching and moving book. When you have read the first one (Wonder) the second one is also amazing (Auggie and Me). I hope you like the book as much as I did!  
17th August '17
I read it myself aged 11 aged 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
Wonder is probrably my all time favourite book, full of twist and turn, you never know what is going to happen next. Such a touching book about a young boy called August, who was born with a rare facial disformality. Because of his condition, when he starts school after being homeschooled for all his life (10 years), he gets bullied by a horrid child named Julian. Fortunately, Jack, Julian's former friend, takes the time to talk to August. And so does Summer a kind girl who wants to be a friend to August. All three of them become strong friends. Soon August realises that you don't have to be ordinary to fit in. Wonder is a book that everyone can relate to. I would recommend this to anyone who want a really touching and moving book. When you have read the first one (Wonder) the second one is also amazing (Auggie and Me). I hope you like the book as much as I did!  
16th March '16
Calvin read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
This book is a novel about a boy named August who has facial disfigurement, who goes to a new school and makes new friends and goes on an adventure.
This book is an understanding book because if you have a deformed face or tics or something like that, then read this book.  I would recommend it to my school classmates, because they have a lot of teasing about what people look like and stuff.
August and Jack are the main characters.  August has a facial disfigurement and hearing aids and goes to a new school and makes new friends and one of them is Jack.  Jack has a baseball cap, he has a perfectly fine face and he is friends with Summer, Jack goes to a new school and makes friends with August.
It was the best book I have ever read because it helped me understand that it does not matter what people look like it only matters that we all be friends.
14th March '18
Cutie read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I was in love this book.it was so emotional and sometimes funny.my favourite part of the book was when Auggie was happy and had loads of friends at the end. The part which made me cry a little bit was when daisy died but that’s how life goes.
8th June '18
AshtonT read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
wonder is a book about a boy who has a facial deformity and had to go to school but he got bullied because of his face but he made two friends who helped him and made him feel like a normal child this book gets emotional at some parts
27th April '18
ZaneL read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
This book was an interesting read. I would definitely recommend it for anyone and readers my age. It is a good book to talk about being kind to others and how to love everyone. 
4th April '18
Class 5/6CB read it themselves aged 9 to 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
This book was so moving. We read it as our class novel and there were so many discussion points about kindness, friendship and love. 

My class (Years 5 - 6) loved it, with almost all of them giving it a five star review. The book itself shares the journey of August, as he embarks on his first year at school (Grade 5) and the troubles this causes him and those around him. It teaches us of the importance of being kind and loving. The only book to have been given a round of applause when finishing. 
30th January '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
The best book I read in 2016, I read a chapter in the shop and got hooked so I brought it. I felt Auggies pain by just reading, its so well written and anyone can relate to the story; which is heart breaking sad that pulls at your heart strings. I must add that the film was a blast too it was light and heartwarming yet sad
8th June '17
Mads1811 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I really like this book but I feel sad for author lots when reading it with my mum
25th May '18
EbonieM read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I enjoyed this book because it gives you the opportunity to have an experience that August does. I pretended to put myself into the book.
12th December '17
I read it to Class 5/6CB aged 9 to 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
We've only just started it as a class book and already it is engaging reluctant readers in a class text. A brilliant book so far!
25th June '18
I read it myself (an adult) , to Callum2010 aged 7 aged 7 & to Gymnastjay aged 5 aged 5
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
Such a moving book. I’m thoroughly enjoying reading it with my children. Shows just how important kindness can be. 
28th January '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to Jem aged 10 aged 10
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
Wonder is about young boy, August Pullman, who has a congenital facial abnormality. We hear how he copes with his unusual appearance, and enter the lives of his family, sister and friends- and how he copes with children's reactions: not always kind ones. It is inspirational and thought provoking; at times it is funny and also sad. It finishes very positively and is a quick read. Suitable for age 10 and up. A few Americanisms which are annoying but not off putting.
4th August '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
"To me, though, I'm just me. An ordinary kid."

What a beautiful story. One that so many people could learn so much from. 

Choose kind.
25th April '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
A brilliant read about a topic not normally written about in fiction. August's facial deformity is noted and dealt with by close friends and family. I liked the fact that the story is written from different view points allowing you to make up your own mind about August. His sister fades into the background as his parents are so concerned about August's wellbeing. Read it and see whose side you are on.
30th April '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
Wonderful book which I think every child from year 5 up should read.  Never judge a book by it's cover is the hidden message.  Moving and I was unable to put the book down.
22nd March '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Oak class year 6 aged 10 to 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. It is very thought provoking and makes you realise how judgemental some people can be. The book is written from different peoples points of view which is really clever and shows you how different people see the same situation. My year 6 class are now reading this book and they also love it.
9th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
This is a fabulous book. my daughter was reading this in school and there we going to slowly so we went and brought it our self's so she could finish it quicker. A real cannot put down book. A good story of a child 's life which we call all take something from good morals and how to behave with kindness and respect. read by myself 43 ellie 11 and mia 14
1st July '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I loved this book, I'd heard so many things about it, I needed to read it for myself and I wasn't disappointed. It kept me hooked from the first page. I loved how the story was told from different characters perspectives, it helped get to know Auggie better. Auggie is such a sweet boy, I just wanted to hug him.
8th September '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
An absolute 'must read' for children transitioning into secondary school or facing a challenge/change. Beautifully written - this book tells the story of a strong and determined young boy named August, who day in day out has to live with being judged by those around him and even by himself. I read this as an adult and it really made me think about how differently things can be interpreted and also how doing something small and somewhat insignificant to you can have a huge impact on someone else. Each chapter is from the viewpoint of a different character and is therefore incredibly insightful. I laughed, I cried and I recommended it to friends. 
18th March '18
I read it to Class 3 aged 7 to 8
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wonder as an adult and found that the children I shared the story with found it as inspirational and thought provoking as I did. August is a wonderful character and I particularly enjoyed seeing the situation from so many points of view. I must say, Via is such a fascinating character, and completely relatable to the young readers. A book to share and wonder over!
21st May '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
Several children in my year 5 class were reading this book, and recommended it to me-so glad they did!  This book is very special, and its moral ending will stay with you forever.   I was emotional invested in the characters in the book-i cried twice! It follows the life of August, a fifth grader who was home schooled, then chooses to attend a regular school.  He has a severe facial disfigurement, and the story of what happens to him during that school year is cleverly told through his, and others characters' eyes. 
It's an amazing read, I read it in one day as I just couldn't put it down.  The ending blew me away.  I would say anyone 9+ should read this - it really does make you think. Totally loved it! 
22nd April '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I'm very late to the Wonder party, I know - I avoid massively hyped books until it's all died down a bit (I'm not sure this one is going to die down soon, mind!). Occasionally the hype is right: Wonder is a peach of a book. Pitch-perfect, honest, characters you just love from the outset with all their joys and flaws. I think it's important to remember this is a middle-grade book with middle-grade characters. There's a lot of scope for disability-related lit to be gritty and painful (though not compulsory; Truly Wildy Deeply is the most uplifting book you can imagine), but whilst you don't want to sugar-coat disability, you do need to be mindful of your audience and their relative life experience.

Wonder is spot on for 9-12s and I can see why so many teachers use it as a class novel. One of my Y6s requested it multiple times and I'm so glad he pushed me to read it.
4th December '17
Duke_G read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I really recommend this book. It is AMAZING!! This is a very lovely and emotional story. I loved it though! RJ Palacio is a great author. This book is the kind of book you just can’t put down! You can’t stop reading it! she has also written auggie and me which I would also strongly recommend!!
23rd October '16
SassyJ read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
Augustus is a young boy that just tries to fit in. But he cannot because he was born to stand out. After years of not going to a public school his family and August make the decision to go to a public school. This book is amazing and made me cry and laugh it's storyline is perfect for all types of readers also it teaches acceptance and to love one another which in this day and time I think it's one thing we're lacking.
19th January '18
Gg_geoff read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
Wonder is an amazing book you get hooked on about 
An amazing boy whohas a facial disfigurement
And tells us how he deals with it.
12th February '18
Patty cakes read it themselves aged 14 aged 14
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I loved this book 
6th October '16
Gameaddict02 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I really liked this book, I felt really sorry for augustus. I will make sure people at my school dont get bullied
27th June '18
Lolobean read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
This book touched my heart - sometimes it made me sad, sometimes excited and sometimes happy. I always wondered what would happen to Auggie next. Via (Auggie's sister) is a bit teenagerish (like my brother and sister!), Auggie is realistic because he is not always perfect and I like the way Jack and Julian changed during the book. I loved that I couldn't tell how the book would end.
30th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
5 stars
I read this book and thought it was fantastic. It is bold and honest throughout - what more could you want when such a sensitive topic is raised? I presented the first chapter to my class during Guided Reading and they fell in love instantly. I was quite anxious about how they would react but immediately they were all engaged and couldn't wait to get their hands on the book to read further into the story. They were honest and said they were intrigued mostly about what he looked like and I explained that this curiosity was normal. It was very easy to relate to the characters and use empathy throughout the book. Children could relate to each of the situations from different viewpoints.

We have recently watched the film at school after hooking ourselves in with the book- it didn't disappoint! 
30th January '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
4 stars
I enjoyed reading this book, although really a children's book it is quite readable as an adult. There are a lot of lessons in this book, about how to treat others and how not to judge people by what they look like. It is written in quite a sweet way, which in places is funny and other places quite sad.

I actually think it is a good book to get children to read, to help them to understand what it is like to be different in some way or to have some kind of disability.
2nd September '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Wonder 9780552565974
4 stars
From birth, August hasn’t looked like other children, and we find out through the course of the book more about his appearance. As a result, life has been hard but he is still a happy, funny boy. Then he finds out he is to start school, having been home-schooled by his mother up till now. For someone like August, starting school is never going to be easy…
I thought this was a fantastic book and I found it truly heartbreaking it times. It is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time after reading, and I would say that all young people should read it! There are lots of messages about kindness in the book and I think these are messages that all of us can do with hearing, whatever our age.
I also really liked the different narrators, which gave a whole other dimension to the story. 
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