Wonder (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Wonder (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by R. J. Palacio

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This Exclusive Collector's Edition of the #1 New York Times Bestseller includes more than 40 additional pages of bonus material: a letter from the author; a conversation with the author; letters, e-mails, and cards from readers; discussion questions and additional resources; and much more!

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

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385754323
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/23/2013
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.27(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the 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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder is about a boy with lots of struggles and this book gives an inside as to how August and the rest of the characters look at things from their point of view. This book is about a boy with a birth defect, who has Treacher - Collins Syndrome and all his struggles in life and school. Each chapter has a different point of view which I really liked, because I didn't have to worry what all the other characters are thinking or doing. My favorite part is when Auggie gets his standing ovation, because nobody's judging him, and they're happy for him. I recommend this book for people with Treacher - Collins Syndrome or anyone that gets bullied, because they can connect with August Pullman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
August isn't an ordinary kid. He was born with a deformality. He's been homeschool all his life, but now his parents want him to go to regular school. My favorite part is when August was going on a trip and his mom was doing everything for him. And August was saying "Stop treating me like a baby!" Anyway I recommend this book to anyone who likes a happy ending! -Aylin A.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder is a Book about a boy that has treacher collins syndrome who faces many obstacales but the hardest one obstacales was going through 5 grade.He experiences a whole new world.-Hunter m.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder is an engaging book about a young boy who was born with a deformity and is being bullied for it. I love this book because it shows how even through all the hardships if you have one friend then you are doing fine. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a book where the main character comes out a hero in the end my overcoming many obstacles. -Lucero S.
MyaM More than 1 year ago
Wonder is about this boy named August who has this rare disease called Treacher Collins Syndrome. In the novel August goes to public school for the very first time but faces diffculties and has a hard time fitting in. The novel isn't just about August it's also about the other characters point of view. August is embarrassed of how he looks and wants to be treated normal. My faviorte part of Wonder is when August gets a standing ovation. I recommened this book beacause it gives hope and states that life will get better as it goes. ~Mya M.~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder by R.J Palacio is an enticing work of fiction appropriate for all ages groups. Wonder tells the story of a boy, August Pullman, suffering from Treacher Collins Syndrome as he goes through the journey that is his first year in public school. While Wonder had much success in capturing the interest of the audience and plot, it suffered in areas regarding character personality and development. Except for Jack and Via, very few characters other than August had any sort of character development. The characters also always seemed to have August on there mind, and hardly any side plots were noticeable that didn't revolve around August and barely any characters had personal problems. All of the characters seemed to fill a stereotypical role to help August in his journey, such as Via, the supportive older sister, or Summer, the gold hearted sweetheart. The novel was successful in some areas, however. Such as plot, which time after time succeeds in engaging the audience. This book also succeeds in showing how the reality is for children who are different, and how they have to deal with bullying and other struggles children do not tend to face. Wonder I recommend to any one who is looking for a hard look at reality for children with Treacher Collins Syndrome.-Brittany G.
crossword69 More than 1 year ago
It's true that acceptance of ourselves is the biggest hurdle, especially physical differences in this world where, unfortunately, outward image overrides the true heart and soul of a person.  This story, written for all age groups, is heartwrenchingly poignant and relevant.  A book that must be read and will not quickly be forgotten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder by R.J.Palacio A little boy named August Pullman was born with a difficulty in his face called Treacher Collins Syndrome.He had recieved many surgeries that lead him to homeschooling.He would be attending fifth grade for the first time at Beacher Prep Elementrary School.August struggels to accepet that life is not easy and theres going to be bumps in the road.My favorite part is when August gets a standing ovation.I recommend this book to anyone who loves when a character over comes his/her fear and problems and love a happy ending. ~Jade M.~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio this is a book about a nine year old who was born with Treacher Collins sydrome which is a deformality. His name is August Pullman. This year is his first year to ever go to school at Precher Prep , he has to face very difficult obstacles but he overcomes them. August meets new friends as well, however he confronts classmates who don't except for who he is. My favorite part was that August gets an adorable puppy named Bear. I would recomend this to a friend if they are interested in drama, comedy, of fell good books. ;Karen M.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A ten yearold boy named August was born with treacher-collins syndrome.August is faceing many obsticals in the path of his fith grade year.His parents want him to attend a regular school instead of going to home school.My favorite part of the book would be when August stood up to the bullies in the wood but got knocked down and his friends stood up for him.I recommend this book to anyone who lkes life stories or a realistic fiction. -Angel A.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder is about a ten year old boy named August Pullman who has a physical deformalitity called Treacher Collins Syndrome. He is homeschooled untill he gets to fifth grade where he faces the problems of other kid. My favorite part of the book is where one of his friends stands up for him when he is getting bullied. I recomend this book to Teachers, to us for a Anti-bully campaign . - Logan H.
nickm3 More than 1 year ago
Wonder is a wonderful book it tallks about a brave kid that has Treacher Collin sydrome.Wonder is about a kid that goes to school for the first time and has trouble fitting in at school.Wonder isn`t always about August but also the other characters point of view.My favorit part of the book is when Amos,Miles,Henry stand up for August and Jack at the movie showing.I recommend this book because it talks about not giving up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder (by R.J Palacio) is a lovely wonderful book about a young boy named August. August has a disease called Treacher Collins Syndrome(TCS).He starts school for the first time, but he faces many obstacles through his journey in school. All he wants is to be treated like an ordinary kid like the rest of the kids. Students from his class and all the school would give him weird looks and bully him for the way he looks. Each chapter has different points of view of the way the think of him. This book has lots of love from his family and few friends. My favorite part is that August started not to care of what they say and what they tell him.I recomend this book if you has times when you feel you dont fit in. It gives advantage to your life and has lots of love.- Sofi E.<3
Holdenbh More than 1 year ago
This book is the greatest book of all time. love it get it . and wonder is the crazy and funny also sometimes so the meaning of this book is that there are two friends Alex and Goob so they go on an adventure to the wilderness…. Thanks
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
Once in awhile you read a book in which the character remains important deep within your thoughts and heart. A character so moving, so special, and so inspiring... so alive. Wonder is a book in which the main character has made the decision to enter Middle School after being home schooled. It is a decision that will leave him vulnerable and exposed. A courageous step beyond the safety of his family. Meet Auggie (August Pullman), who was born with a facial deformity, intelligence, and courage. All of his life he has endured the devastating looks, reactions, and fearfulness of strangers. Now is the time for him to become a student among many who are finding their way as middle school students. Given the "all encompassing" emotions and hormonal changes, middle school can be a roller coaster of fear, bullying, anger, and uncertainty. Why would Auggie want to begin public school at such a time is beyond reasoning for most of us. Yet, Auggie is blessed beyond measure with courage and a determination to live without "superficial" boundaries. "I know I'm not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things.... But I know ordinary kids don't make other kids run away screaming in playgrounds." Mr. Tushman of Beecher Prep school has prearranged a meeting with Auggie and his mother before the first day of school. Like any ordinary "new" student, Auggie will meet some of the staff and tour the school. It is with great foresight, that Auggie's tour is lead by a few "homeroom" students: Jack is the first student that will extend friendship in the halls and classrooms. Yet, at some point he will need to decide if he wants to fit in with his old friends or stay friends with Auggie. Jullian is rude and obnoxious (you know that type that acts one way with adults and another with students). The type that is loud, arrogant, and will not let Auggie escape being bullied. When push comes to shove, Auggie will demonstrate true character strength. The question will be if Jullian will learn acceptance of Auggie as an "ordinary" kid... and a friend? Charlotte is an "artsy" girl. She enjoys all aspects of school, including science. She doesn't waiver in her support for Auggie, unless maybe it's in the lunch room. Will Charlotte be strong enough to overcome peer pressure? Mr. Browne is Auggie's English teacher. He values his students and begins school with learning about precepts (any important thought, motto, or saying that guides you when making really important decisions). His students will write-to-learn a new precept every month: "When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind." Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Summer is the first student who braves the whispers in the lunch room and chooses to sit at the table with Auggie. It might seem a small gesture to many... but not only will it prove to be a courageous step towards friendship... it will also be an experience of a life time for both of them. Whether it is Auggie's first birthday party, the first Halloween school event, the first school trip (outdoor school away from home), or the first meeting with his sister's high school friends... Auggie is on a life-changing quest... to be just another "ordinary kid!" The depth of characterization will leave a lasting "thumb-print" upon every reader's heart. There is so much that Auggie offers, care enough to experience the "Wonder," MrsK http://mrskbookstogo.blogspot.com/
Flooris14 More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a friend. I was immediately drawn in by August's honesty. When the perspective switched, I thought the story would lose its focus, but each character added to August's story. After reading each section, I had a more complete picture of August's world and I became more attached to the little boy. Books rarely make me cry, but this one did. Now it's on my figurative shelf of books everyone needs to read because the world would be a better place if they did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that the book is told from agguie's, and via's and summer's and that other boy's point of view, it really shows you how the other characters really feel! The via chapter is really emotional and made me sympathize with her tremendously
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder by R.J Palacio. In the first few days of school it was harsh.Being in a state of confusion feels like you are traapped ina box. August is the main character, and has a medical condition called TCS (Treacher Collins Syndrome). This does not stop him from being the top in his class. Tygent Orange has effected one of my family members. He no longer has use of his legs but that just makes him stronger. I recommend this book to people who have faced issues with not fitting in. It is a heart-warming story and will bring a tear to your eye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book wonder is about a kid named August. He has treacher collins syndrome.He starts school in 5th grade. He couldnt attend school because of the many surgeries he was having.This book is about a boy that has struggles in life. He finally goes to school after being homeschooled by his mother. My favorite part of the book is when August, Amos, Jack , Henry , Miles were in the woods. That was my favorite part because afterwards they bacame friends. I recommend this book to people around the world. I like this book because it shows that bulling is not a very good choice.
Melba1306 More than 1 year ago
Wonder by R.J Palacio is taken place in school. The main character is Auggie, he was born with TCS and his mom is making him go to school. Most of the people that look at him judge before they meet and get to know him. Some people in the world are born with TCS and deal with the same problems the Auggie goes through. I recommend this book because it teaches a very important lesson in life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
August (Auggie) was born with Trecher Collins. He struggles but more with the decision of going to regular school or being home schooled. After he his parents convinced him to finally go to school hes made fun of and even bullied by Julian, and some part by Jack. My favorite part of the book is when Jack punches Julian because he was talking dirty about Agguie. I recomend this book to people who like sad stories because this book is so sad it will probably make you cry! Devany T.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book Wonder theres a boy named Aggust Pullman and its his first time ever going to regular school. One of my favorite parts in the story Wonder is when Aggust and his freind Jack is being bullied by older students and the last people that they thought would help them went to their rescue. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a book with an under. it will be worth your time.-Mario M
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wonder by R.J palacio. This book is about a kid named august and he has a rare deformation called treacher collins. There is also some bullys involved in the story . They bully august because of his deformality. my favorite part of the book is when august goes campimg whith his school because thats were he gets bullyed but after all they solve the bullying . If u read this book i know that you will love it -Adalberto M.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, is abount a strong willed, brave boy who overcomes many obstacles, and does his absolute best to fit in with the "norm", but doesn't have such an easy time at some points. One of my favorite parts was when the main character; August, makes a brave descison to attend public school, with an abnormalty. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a great book about the bravery of a unique person. - Michael G.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder is a book about a kid that is about a kid with a deformality called trecherous collins syndrome (tcs). His parents want him to go to regular school. But he dosent want to go to school. while hes at school he gets bullied for the way he looks.My favorite part is when his sister cheers him up to go to halloween. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes books based on a true story. -xavier g.