Author: R.J. Palacio
Published in 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf of Random House Inc.
Wonder shares the compelling and inspiring journey of a young boy named August Pullman who was born with severe facial abnormalities. Because of the many facial operations and surgeries he has had throughout his lifetime, he has only ever been homeschooled. Finally, as he is about to start fifth grade, his parents encourage him to attend school for the first time in his life. This new experience forces him out of his comfort zone and also demands that he confront his extreme insecurity while encountering hurtful comments, looks, and stares in reaction to his abnormal appearance. His character develops a great deal of strength and courage as he perseveres through the difficult time while teaching others the power of friendship and kindness. This story is thoughtfully crafted to capture the hearts of readers with its powerful combination of humorous and heartwarming moments. Each character is well-developed and contributes to the story in a dynamic way, especially because of the various perspectives through which the story is told. The relationships between the characters are authentic, the emotion is captivating, and the message is beautiful, important, and one that everyone should receive.
“Here’s what I think: the only reason I’m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way.”
“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
“It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.”
“We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.”
***Join the #ChooseKind movement on social media!
Okay… truth is… I could keep going with the notable quotes. This book is PACKED with so much goodness, encouragement, and inspiration. But I will stop here before I recite the whole book and I will highly recommend it to any and all audiences of readers!
Author R.J. Palacio discussion about Wonder and its inspiration:
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