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  • Published: 15 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448119141
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

Wonder




The story of ten-year-old August Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and the way he changes the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him. The most poignant, moving and heartwarming tale you will read this year; a book to devour in one sitting and press urgently into the hands of your friends and family.

WONDER is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Through the voices of Auggie, his big sister Via, and his new friends Jack and Summer, WONDER follows Auggie's journey through his first year at Beecher Prep. Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, WONDER is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

  • Published: 15 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448119141
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the author

R J Palacio

R. J. Palacio is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. She lives in New York City with her family and a black dog called Bear.

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Praise for Wonder

Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds

Guardian

Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant

Observer

It wreaks emotional havoc . . . To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that

Independent

When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should

Financial Times

Awesome . . . So authentic you'll swear a kid wrote the book. And yes, that's a good thing

Glamour

An amazing book . . . I absolutely loved it. I cried my eyes out

Tom Fletcher

What a gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry

Malorie Blackman

I am terrifically jealous of everybody that gets to read Wonder for the first time. Every page is honest, brave and delightful. The most sparkly book I've come across for whiles

Laura Dockrill

It’s one of those rare books with almost universal appeal: it will make you laugh, cry and break your heart

The Bookseller

Thoughtful but never preachy. A great book

Sophie Kinsella

The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio, a New York graphic designer whose debut novel, Wonder, is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some . . . It is dark, funny, touching and no Tube carriage will be without a copy this year

The Times

A children's book that's making grown men cry

Observer

Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant

Observer

What a gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry

Malorie Blackman

The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio, a New York graphic designer whose debut novel, Wonder, is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some . . . It is dark, funny, touching and no Tube carriage will be without a copy this year

The Times

It wreaks emotional havoc . . . To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that

Independent

When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should

Financial Times

A children's book that's making grown men cry

The Observer

Awesome . . . So authentic you'll swear a kid wrote the book. And yes, that's a good thing

Glamour

Wonder by R. J. Palacio is the tremendously moving story of young Auggie, who was born with a rare syndrome resulting in a severe facial disfigurement. Throughout his life he is ignored, avoided, laughed at, called names and physically bullied. All this sounds very bleak, but Auggie and his family are so delightful, and there are individual acts of kindness that ultimately make Wonder an uplifting, hopeful and important book

The Bookseller

I am terrifically jealous of everybody that gets to read Wonder for the first time. Every page is honest, brave and delightful. The most sparkly book I've come across for whiles

Laura Dockrill

It is curious how the gravity of serious subjects can be best expressed through humour. Comedy humanises: the light touch gives weight. It's a tactic R. J. Palacio has used to great effect in her remarkable story of a year in the life of 10-year-old August Pullman . . . It makes ordinary things extraordinary . . . Palacio has a great ear for dialogue, a sharp eye for detail and an instinctive sense of comedy. All this makes her an expert chronicler of ordinariness – and this, paradoxically, is what makes her story of an extraordinary boy so wonderful. Wonder certainly delivers what it promises – an emotional rollercoaster ride in which tears, laughter and triumphant fist-pumping are mandatory. But it is better than that. In its assured simplicity and boldness (reminiscent – it seemed to me – of To Kill a Mockingbird), it also has the power to move hearts and change minds.

Guardian

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