Wonder by R. J. Palacio

86%

34 Critic Reviews

A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY!

Over 5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. 

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder



From the Hardcover edition.
 

About R. J. Palacio

See more books from this Author
R. J. PALACIO lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 322 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
Bookmark Counts:
3
Want to Read
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Wonder
All: 34 | Positive: 33 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average

A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Kirkus

NY Times

Good
on Apr 06 2012

Perhaps Palacio’s most remarkable trick is leaving us with the impression that Auggie’s problems are surmountable in all the ways that count.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from NY Times

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by mangomix on Feb 07 2016

This book is aimed at anyone and everyone. Please read it if you’re aged 10 and above as it is quite disturbing and confusing.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Kay, DG Readers on Nov 25 2015

It is quite a quick read as I finished it in a couple of days but it is definitely a page turner. I was so engaged in the story; I have never read a book as unique as this.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by SilverFish on Sep 20 2015

Even if you don’t normally cry in books, I guarantee you will in this one! This will leave you wanting more…

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Saadia198 on Apr 03 2015

This book provided me with an innovative viewpoint on life in general. It was full of absolute thought provoking content, whereby you visualise this young boy who doesn't feel like he fits in to his environment yet lives a cheerful life that is displayed in great depth at the end of the book.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by St George's Book Club on Dec 17 2014

The book has several sections and these are told from several points of view which keeps the reader knowing how all the characters are feeling. I liked this structure because you knew exactly what was going on in everyone's heads.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by St George's Book Club on Dec 11 2014

This book shows other people doing good and bad. It is called Wonder because it makes you wonder – if you were him, or them. It will make you laugh and cry. If you want to reflect on how you react in this to others or to situations then this book is for you.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by mmkannah on Nov 15 2014

I can't very much sum up what a great feeling it is after reading the book because for all I know words can't really describe what you're really feeling deep inside about a thing but this I know won't be something you'd be disappointed in spending your time to read with and pour your hearts into.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
on Nov 09 2014

I know this won't be something you'd be disappointed in taking the time to read and pour your heart into.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Lottie Longshanks on Sep 20 2014

The book is beautifully written and I sped through it in a day, but later I returned to it and read some parts again. It was interesting to read R J Palacio's acknowledgements at the end of the book where I found out what made her write it.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Pheebz on Feb 16 2014

By the end of the book I knew August and his appearance would not stop us being friends but what about people who don't know him well? I would definitely recommend this book to teenagers rather than younger readers because it's an emotional story that makes you think hard about yourself.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by The Dormouse on Feb 02 2014

However I found instead that I enjoyed it because it is written with such charm and heart, even in the sad parts...I would give this book five stars and consider it to be equally as good for boys and girls. I think that Wonder deserves to be an international bestseller as it will hook everyone who reads it.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by googleyeyes on Dec 13 2013

Yes, this book made me cry. But it is a miracle of a book. It's so beautifully written, and no where near as a heavy read as I expected... I would recommend it to anyone, boy or girl, age 10 upwards. What are you waiting for? Get reading!

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by AlessandraDaReader on Oct 10 2013

Wonder explains a lot about people's judgements. If you look different that doesn't mean that you are different...You have to get to know people before judging them. It was a really good book and I hope to re-read it soon.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Japanmomiji on Mar 05 2013

This book should be read by everyone, adults and children...A heartwarming story with weepy moments, and times when you just want to tell everyone in his school to BE NICE!!!

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by HorseLover3000 on Feb 26 2013

So maybe I was wrong when I said this wasn't my cup of tea. I did enjoy it, and it really made me think. But it didn't have me in floods of tears, or jumping for joy. I would give it a 8/10, because it is different and incredibly thought-provoking.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Miss Katniss on Feb 22 2013

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio is a riveting story about a nine year-old boy, called August, with a facial deformity and how this affects the people who live around him...I would rate this book ten out of ten and thoroughly recommend it to anyone!

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by SophieScribe on Feb 05 2013

It wouldn't have been my normal choice, but I was actually surprised at how good it was. It was a little bit sad, but not as much as I had expected, so I will certainly be keen to read more of Palacio's writing. I would definitely recommend this to both older children and adults...

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Excellent
on Aug 15 2012

This is an incredible book. The story-telling is marvellous, the styling superb and the honest, raw truth is: heart-breaking.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Excellent
on Jun 22 2012

Wonder certainly delivers what it promises – an emotional roller-coaster ride in which tears, laughter and triumphant fist-pumping are mandatory.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
on Apr 02 2012

I commend the author for taking on such a difficult subject for her first book and writing such a good book at the same time.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
on Mar 25 2012

Although I found the ending a bit obvious, the rest of the story was full of twists and turns that made it one of my favourites, and something I will treasure in my heart forever.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Guardian

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 20 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.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

WSJ online

Excellent
on Jun 08 2012

What makes R.J. Palacio's debut novel for 9- to 13-year-olds so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie's story.

Read Full Review of Wonder | See more reviews from WSJ online

Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Sep 04 2012

Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for.

Read Full Review of Wonder

The Telegraph

Excellent
on Feb 24 2012

The book undoubtedly, and skilfully, manipulates the emotions of readers (watch out dog-lovers in particular) but it will delight children and adults because it's a terrific story.

Read Full Review of Wonder

The Bookbag

Excellent
on Nov 06 2012

It is a gentle, totally mesmerising book written in a compelling, realistic style that invites the reader into the intimate daily life of this marvellous, genuine boy and his family and holds them there.

Read Full Review of Wonder

Common Sense Media

Above average
on Mar 18 2014

Some kids use hateful language, and some people suggest that Auggie is mentally deficient. These situations are upsetting, as are other hardships that Auggie's family endures, including loss of a beloved family pet. However, goodness wins out...

Read Full Review of Wonder

About.com Bestsellers

Good
on Dec 22 2012

If you or your book club are looking for a book with a good story and engrossing characters that is a quick read but will still foster a lively discussion, check it out.

Read Full Review of Wonder

About.com Bestsellers

Good

A good story, content to think on, and emotion -- what more could you want from a weekend read?

Read Full Review of Wonder

The Young Folks

Excellent
on Feb 01 2012

Simply, Wonder makes you believe in better world.

Read Full Review of Wonder

WAPL Teens

Excellent
on May 06 2012

Wonder is a wonderful book, and I would not be surprised to find this on all kinds of best of the year lists for 2012!

Read Full Review of Wonder

The Overflowing Library

Good
Reviewed by kirsty at the overflowing library on Mar 02 2012

The way this is done really has a lot of resonance without being cheesy or preachy which is why I think it is such a stunning novel. Certainly a book I would recommend.

Read Full Review of Wonder

Reader Rating for Wonder
92%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 13443 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

User Review

Kristy 15 Feb 2014

Rated the book as 5 out of 5

Cecilia Thomas

Cecilia Thomas 10 Jan 2016

Added the book to want to read list

Kristy

Kristy 15 Feb 2014

Added the book to want to read list

Lindsey Rudnickas

Lindsey Rudnickas 5 Sep 2013

Added the book to want to read list

×