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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (32,806 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: R. J. Palacio Narrator: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Wonder Series Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781455844234
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I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich and memorable…Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill.”

    New York Times

  • “What makes R. J. Palacio’s debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie’s story…The result is a beautiful, funny, and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some.”

    London Times

  • “Few first novels pack more of a punch: it’s a rare story with the power to open eyes—and hearts—to what it’s like to be singled out for a difference you can’t control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters…A well-written, thought-provoking book.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A memorable story of kindness, courage, and wonder.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year.”

    Slate

  • “In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can’t help but root for.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Wonder is essentially…a wonder. It’s well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, Wonder touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favor and read this book—your life will be better for it.”

    Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Full of heart, full of truth, Wonder is a book about seeing the beauty that’s all around us. I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman.”

    Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award–winning author of When You Reach Me

  • “It is the deceptive simplicity and honesty of the work that make Wonder so memorable. Every single character seems real and well-drawn and oh-so human…This book is beautiful.”

    Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery Award–winning author of Bud, Not Buddy

  • “A beautiful story of kindness and courage. There are many real and well-developed characters, and they each have their shining moments. Of course, Auggie shines the brightest.”

    Clare Vanderpool, Newbery award–winning author of Moon Over Manifest

  • Wonder is a beautifully told story about heartache, love, and the value of human life. One comes away from it wanting to be a better person.”

    Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery honoree

  • Wonder is a shining jewel of a story that cannot help but encourage readers of all ages to do better, to be better, in how they treat others in life. I’m totally in love with this novel.”

    Trudy Ludwig, antibullying advocate and author of My Secret Bully

  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Young Readers
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children, 2012
  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Children's Titles for Ages 8-12
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A 2012 School Library Journal Best Book for Children
  • A 2013 Carnegie Medal for Literature Finalist
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 me | 3/29/2015

    " i love this book cause it tells you not to judge or have a wrong perspective of someone "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annemarie Sharp | 2/5/2014

    " Good people outweigh the bad, an excellent message from this book. Especially good after whats been happening around Boston and Watertown lately. A good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 1/31/2014

    " This is a perfect middle school read aloud. No awkward scenes with swearing or making out that make so many YA books uncomfortable to read to a class of students. Excellent depiction of characters and the multiple narrators would clearly teach point of view. Super relevant themes for discussion including popularity, bullying, physical appearances and so on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Parks | 1/28/2014

    " I read WONDER in one sitting, cover to cover, with only two Starbucks and bathroom breaks. I strongly suggest that you do the same, and soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 1/27/2014

    " A truly fabulous read...a reminder that we can all be a little nicer to each other day. A particularly powerful remixer that ignorance is our worst enemy. Read it. Love it. Remember it. Way to go August Pullman! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa Griffin | 1/24/2014

    " One of the best books. Everyone should read it, no matter what gender or age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz DeCoster | 1/24/2014

    " An extremely touching and thoughtful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 1/18/2014

    " Loved this book. Recommend it for grades 4 through adults. Would make a great family discussion book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brielle | 1/7/2014

    " Uplifting and I love how it was so unusually written. Normally when these books are written if written in different peoples viewpoints the writing style and process of thought is exactly the same but this book is completely different... and that's why i read it in one sitting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry Sturt | 12/26/2013

    " Very touching. Makes you reassess what you have :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni | 12/5/2013

    " I thought this book was really uplifting. It was a quick read with a wonderful storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alli Pennington | 12/3/2013

    " My new favorite book! Amazing, heart warming, and touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea Waterman | 11/20/2013

    " Becomes a really uplifting story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Payne | 11/10/2013

    " I really like this book because it gives you insight into how people like August feel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coco Alexis | 7/18/2013

    " Good book. Very light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Hazlett | 7/3/2013

    " "...the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its birds." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meryl | 5/11/2013

    " A great book that leaves you hopeful that there is good in most people. I'm sure it would make a great book to read with children in school. So many lessons to be learnt from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swaty Sethu | 5/3/2013

    " such a touching book,one of my favs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Booklover123 | 4/29/2013

    " THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 4/27/2013

    " This shares a touching story that will warm your heart! One of the best books I have ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charyza | 1/4/2013

    " One of the most profound book ever written. Biasanya gue nggak pernah ngasih pujian setinggi itu, but this book really change my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyaunna | 10/27/2012

    " the book wonder is a very special book to me because it talks about a kid who is not ordinary to most people but honestly if i seen august we would be friends right there and then.R.J palacio you an inspiration to my who school the whole world love you and all the things you do.im tyaunna monae and your my inspiration "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Chapman | 7/11/2012

    " A must read. I was able to feel each character. To put myself in their shoes and to know that is exactly how I would probably feel gave me goosebumps. It touched me so deeply. A lesson in kindness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 3/23/2012

    " A great feel good book. I loved the end and the idea of "being kinder than is necessary". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel | 2/6/2012

    " Outstanding and beautiful book about kindness, friendship, and the ideals we should all try to work towards in compassion. I loved this book with all of my heart. "

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About the Author

R. J. Palacio, for more than twenty years, was an art director and graphic designer who designed book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made her realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come.

About the Narrators

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards, including fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.

Kate Rudd, actress and award-winning narrator,was born and raised in Michigan. As an actress she has appeared in several independent films and shorts, as well as in multiple episodes of the television show Perks. As an audiobook narrator she was a finalist for the 2013 Audie Award for The Fault in Our Stars. She is also a member of the multinarrator productions for October Mourning and Wonder, which were also 2013 finalists for Audie Awards. She has won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.