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The story of ten-year-old August Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, perfect for CURIOUS INCIDENT fans.

'My name is August.
I won't describe to you what I look like.
Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, astonishingly moving debut to be read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

Reviews

The breakout sensation of 2012... Wonder is destined to go the way of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time... dark, funny, touching. No Tube carriage will be without a copy this year

The Times

Emotionally rewarding... funny, touching, honest

Daily Mail

Gripping - I'd really recommend it to anybody. It's a young adult book book about a little boy who's born with a disfigured face, written from his point of view... charming, brutal and brilliant

Observer

I'd defy anyone not to well up when he cries: "Why do I have to be so ugly, Mommy?", and as for the climax, it wreaks emotional havoc. There is a message running through the book, most clearly voiced by an inspirational teacher, that if we were all a little kinder to one another the benefit would be incalculable. 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

Tremendously uplifting and a novel of all-too-rare power

Sunday Express

If you read one book this year, make it this one... a funny, emotional, brilliantly observed story... We loved it

Bella

For anyone who has ever worried about their child's vulnerabilities, Wonder will strike at your heart

Daily Telegraph

In its assured simplicity and boldness (reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird), it also has the power to move hearts and change minds

Guardian

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

Financial Times

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

Malorie Blackman

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552778626

    October 1, 2013

    Black Swan

    368 pages

    RRP $26.99

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Wonder Journal
Shingaling: A Wonder Story
Pluto: A Wonder Story
365 Days of Wonder
Wonder: The Julian Chapter

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To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
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Fool Me Once
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Voyager
Swing Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Girls
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
The Trip of a Lifetime
Colombiano
The Light Between Oceans
Ready Player One