Wonder Online PDF by R. J. Palacio
Click Here to Download the Book 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 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.
Reviews I'm known to my friends and family and colleagues as having a bit of an interest in children's literature (I know, that's a surprise right?) They come to me for recommendations for their brownie groups, their kids - and sometimes they come to me and say "Have you heard anything about this book?" Now the latter option isn't one that happens that often. It requires a book to have 'escaped', to have gone wild in the world and to be picked up and loved by many many advocates of its wonder. And that's what happened here. "Have you heard about Wonder? It sounds right up your street?" I had. I'm always a bit reluctant to read the books that go stratospheric so swiftly - call it Richard and Judy Book club syndrome if you will ("Why isn't there a copy of this in the library?" "Because 3039394 other people have been in today requesting it before you"). It all means that when I get to the book, I have to read it in a secret, safe manner, Golluming it up in a dark corner whilst muttering "My precious". Wonder was one of those books that made me want that moment to never end. Over too soon, it left me breathless, wide-eyed and more than a little teary. Wonder is precious. It's full of wonder. It's a very graceful, elegant title, openly allegorical at points and intensely funny at others. If you've not heard the synopsis by now, I don't think I'm going to tell you. You should experience this book unfolding on you and opening a world of love on you. I like Wonder. I like it a lot. There's funny, believable characters. There's some excellent boys in it, awkward, mean, brave and foolish boys that feel all too rare in books. And there's Olivia. Via. I love her. Read this book. Please. It's very, very good and I think it may become epochal.
Auggie (short for "August") is an adolescent boy with a disfigured face entering the 5th grade. Having been home-schooled previously, it's his first time in a public school setting where he has to interact with other kids. This is difficult enough for a child who isn't disfigured, so imagine how hard it is for Auggie. Auggie has the support and love of his parents and older sister, but he longs to be "normal." The author, R.J.
Palacio, presents a believable story of August's first year in a public school setting as he interacts with other students; some kind, some not-so-kind. Palacio presents an accurate depiction of kids; their attitudes, thoughts, and feelings; and that longing to be popular and fit in. The book starts out from Auggie's sensitive point of view as he tells his story. I was really enjoying reading the first 75 pages of the book when the author did something that I typically dislike and has become too commonplace: she changed the story's point of view (POV). Now we're viewing the story through Auggie's sister's eyes. But it doesn't stop there. The POV changes several more times before coming back to Auggie. That's when I discovered that this storytelling device actually worked for this particular novel. Each change of POV filled in the blanks from the previous stories and POVs, and then moved the overall story along. Book don't typically elicit a lot of emotion for me like seeing the story up on the big screen does. However, with WONDER, I have to admit that I occasionally felt tears of happiness at the kindness expressed by people around Auggie, as well as sadness during the rough spots. The story was really sweet and it has a fantastic message. Although this book is marketed for "young adult," it's a great read for all ages. It teaches manners, respect, appreciation, and, most importantly, kindness. It's relatable for anyone who felt like they didn't fit in. I highly recommend buying and sharing this book. P.S. The title of the book comes from Natalie Merchant's song "Wonder." If you read the lyrics, you'll see that the subject matter fits this novel to a T.
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