Wonder

Wonder

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his clasassmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2011.
Edition: Library ed., Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781455844203
1455844209
Branch Call Number: CDT XF PALACIO, R.
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hr., 12 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 03, 2019

A remarkable and emotionally stirring book about the realities of life in school and the power of bravery and friendship.

Auggie Pullman has been home-schooled all of his life, but his parents have decided it’s time for him to go to school with other children. A common event, except that Auggie is no common kid. He was born with multiple genetic defects which, even after many surgeries, have left him with a severely distorted face and ears. His brain is fine though and perfectly capable of understanding the casual cruelty of other 5th graders meeting him for the first time. Fortunately a couple of bright kids, Jack and Summer, decide to be his friends.

The remarkable thing about this book is that it is written from multiple viewpoints. We see Auggie’s point of view for several chapters, then we switch and see the world from the point of view of his older sister, Olivia, and several of his friends. One of the best things about this approach is that it allows children to get outside of themselves and to see the world through the eyes of someone else. *Wonder* is particularly good at that, and it shows children that no one point of view explains everything. This would be a fine read-aloud, although it will take some voice control to get through the more emotional passages without going into full choke-up.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 12, 2019

An amazing story. I loved it so.

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kriabko
Oct 01, 2018

This was an excellent read. I especially like how the author offered various points of view of the same/similar timeline. The audio was voiced really well as well. I highly recommend this book. I hope to see the movie soon and compare the two. From what I have heard, the book is better. So I am glad that I got to read it first.

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jandt_mcmurray
Feb 19, 2018

August "Auggie" Pulman would say he's just your average 5th grade boy that loves Star Wars, science, & hanging out with his family & friends. The world, however, would say he's anything but ordinary. Due to a chromosome issue, Auggie was born with a deformed face which has caused him a number of issues. He's learned how to live within his challenges, but what he wants most is to live in the world & be viewed as just another average boy. His mother encourages (lovingly pushes) him to start his schooling outside of the home at Beecher Prep. The book follows Auggie's 5th grade school year through various people's prospective. What started out as a difficult & very painful year transformed into a wonderful relationship with many of his schoolmates & a new kind of relationship with the members of his own family.

My daughter & I listened to this book together every time we got in the car. There were many times we would sit in the parking lot at our destination for several minutes just because we weren't ready to stop the book. Although we don't struggle with the same issues as Auggie, we both were able to draw our own parallels to struggles we both experience & how we could learn to handle them in the same way Auggie did. It was also a great reminder to us both that no matter how difficult we think we have it, there is always somebody that has larger, heavier struggles than our own.

Age recommendation: 8 & up (I don't remember anything that was unsuitable for younger readers, it is more due to the content related to Auggie's struggles due to his facial deformity.)

On a scale from 1-10 stars, I give it 10!

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desdes125
Dec 19, 2017

Love it

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SuzeParker
Sep 05, 2015

While understanding the perspectives of several who wrote less faborable reviews, I devoured this book, loved the multiple POVs and highly recommend it. It's more than a feel-good, all-ends-well book. It's deep and insightful, with so much of the depth inferred rather than specifically stated. I often felt what the characters were feeling -- uncertainty, hurt, pride, a desire to do the right thing without exactly knowing how. When a book engages me at that level, it's a win.

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2juliet2
Dec 22, 2014

Love this book! Perfect for a kids' book group or family read aloud.

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Aandrews19
Aug 26, 2014

Excellent read for all ages! The story starts off in the perspective of Auggie, but I was really drawn in when it switched to other characters in the book. The author does a great job giving life to the grey area in between right and wrong, where so many social lessons are learned as a child!

samdog123 Aug 12, 2013

This is a terrific book. Auggie Pullman, born with several birth defects that caused him to have a facial deformity, moves from home-schooling to middle school. He has an interesting year at school, making friends and breaking down barriers and prejudices due to his outstanding character. A very moving book that teaches the importance personality vs. looks, a valuable lesson for kids and adults of any age.

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Sister_Mary
Aug 05, 2013

Our family just completed Wonder on audio. Absolutely amazing story about being kind, compassionate to those who are different. Captivated and changed by this beautiful story. A must read for children and adult alike.

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May 27, 2015

This book is about August Pullman, a 5th grader who's face is severely deformed. It is narrated by August and his friends.

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