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The unforgettable, life-affirming and internationally bestselling story of August Pullman - a boy who's desperate to blend in, but is destined to stand out because of the way he looks.

Soon to be a major film starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay.
'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

Reviews

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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552565974

    September 1, 2014

    Corgi Childrens

    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781448119141

    February 15, 2012

    RHCP Digital

    416 pages

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    • iBooks
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    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by R J Palacio

Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
We're All Wonders
Choose Kind Journal : Do One Wonderful Thing Every Day (A Wonder Journal)
Wonder Notes
Wonder (Film Tie-in)
Wonder Journal
Shingaling: A Wonder Story
Pluto: A Wonder Story
365 Days of Wonder
Wonder: The Julian Chapter
Wonder (Adult edition)

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