Wonder Novel by R. J. Palacio (PDF-Download-Review-Online Reading-Summary)

Wonder is a novel by R.J. Palacio, published in 2012. It tells the story of August Pullman, a young man with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a conventional elementary school for the first time. The novel explores themes of empathy, acceptance, and kindness, as August navigates the challenges of fitting in and dealing with bullies. “Wonder” has received widespread praise for its powerful message and has been adapted into films and a graphic novel.

About Book

AuthorR. J. Palacio
Year of Publication2012
File FormatPDF
Number of Pages220

Wonder Summary

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep, all he wants is to be treated like an ordinary kid, but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon changes to include his classmates, his sister, his boyfriend, and others.

Wonder Review

Wonder is a rare gem of a novel, beautifully written and populated with characters that linger in your memory and in your heart. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, which is normal except for his jarring facial anomalies. August, homeschooled his entire life, goes to public school for fifth grade and he’s not the only one changed by the experience, something we learn firsthand through the narratives of those who orbit his world.

August’s internal dialogue and interactions with students and family ring true, and although notably brave, he comes across as a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself. “Only with the heart can one see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” From The Little Prince and R.J. Palacio’s remarkable novel, Wonder.

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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