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4.00006097003323 out of 54.00006097003323 out of 54.00006097003323 out of 54.00006097003323 out of 54.00006097003323 out of 5 4.00 (32,803 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: R. J. Palacio Narrator: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: MDT Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, a #1 New York Times bestseller, 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.

In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness" --indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

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#1 New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Time Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
New York Times Book Review Notable Book
Washington Post Best Kids' Book

"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

"Rich and memorable." --The New York Times

"A beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation." --Wall Street Journal

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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.”


  • “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 honor-winning author of Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods

  • 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, anti-bullying advocate and author of My Secret Bully, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, and Just Kidding

  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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