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Wonder by R. J. Palacios



August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a severe facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.

Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include the perspectives of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These voices converge to portray a community as it struggles with differences, and challenges readers, both young and old, to wonder about the true nature of empathy, compassion, acceptance, friendship, and—ultimately—kindness. Auggie is a hero for the ages, one who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Wonder has been a New York Times bestseller for over 5 years in a row (with over 140 weeks as #1). It's received numerous national and international awards, including being one of Time magazines 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time (January, 2015), and USA Today's Top 100 bestsellers. The movie Wonder is scheduled to be released on November 17th, 2017.


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Articles of Interest

Jacob Tremblay Shares His No. 1 Tip For Kids Who Have Been Bullied

By Alessia Santoro

Popsugar December 3, 2017

Eleven-year-old Jacob Tremblay is a literal onscreen wonder in the film version of R.J. Palacio's New York Times bestseller, Wonder, but as it turns out, he's pretty spectacular off screen as well. In a recent interview with Jacob, the young actor told POPSUGAR how he got into his role as Auggie Pullman, a boy with facial differences who starts going to mainstream school in fifth grade after being homeschooled, why he's so excited to spread the film's message to "Choose Kind," and his best tip for dealing with bullies.

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'Wonder' is real life for these two families

By Jacqueline Howard

CNN, Nov 19, 2017

Although Auggie's face and everyday experiences are imaginary, the lives of the some 600,000 individuals who have been diagnosed with a craniofacial condition in the United States are very much real -- and 7-year-old Shane Vysocky and 13-year-old Emily Merrill are among them.

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11 Quotes From 'Wonder' By R.J. Palacio To Remind You Why This Is Such A Beloved Childhood Story

By Kerri Jarema

Bustle, Nov 06, 2017

If you haven't yet read Wonder (and seriously, what have you been doing?!) check out the 11 beautiful quotes from the book below. You'll definitely want to pick it up, and check out the film, when you're done.

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Interview with RJ Palacio, Author of Wonder

By Heather Hodson

The Telegraph, February, 2012

A new children's novel about a boy with a shocking facial disfigurement is tipped to be a word-of-mouth hit, and will reduce adult readers to tears.

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RJ Palacio on the Power of Kindness

By Michelle Pauli

The Guardian Children's Books Podcast, September 2014

RJ Palacio reads from Wonder, and talks to Michelle Pauli about writing about a boy that has to face a world every day that can't face him back...

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Words to Live By

By Maria Russo

The New York Times, September 2014

After R. J. Palacio’s Wonder was published in 2012 and became a middle-grades juggernaut, many hoped the author would continue the story of August Pullman, the Manhattan boy born with serious facial deformities, and his friends and family.

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