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    by R.J. PALACIO

     "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." -- Helen Keller

    Wonder is the inspiring story of 10-year-old August (Auggie) Pullman, an ordinary boy in every way, except a congenital facial deformity that has kept him away from kids his own age for much of his young life.  The novel follows Auggie, previously home-schooled, as he attends school as a fifth grader and learns to navigate the challenging terrain of his peers’ alternately cruel and kind reactions to his physical appearance.  Narrated by Auggie, his older sister, her boyfriend and several of Auggie’s classmates, Wonder is a universal story that everyone can relate to and is sure to provoke discussion between readers of every age.  In a world where bullying and ruthless competition are too prevalent, Wonder challenges us to look past the surface and choose kindness in our interactions with others. 

    Click here for our Wonder resource guide (PDF)

    If you liked Wonder, you might like:

    Freak the Mighty
    by Rodman Philbrick

    Autobiography of a Face
    by Lucy Grealy

    The Bluest Eye
    by Toni Morrison


    Raquel (R.J.) Palacio is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. She lives in New York City with her husband, their two sons, and a black dog named Bear.

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