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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, Kate Rudd, Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

Wonder, now 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.

R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich and memorable…It’s Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of Wonder, and 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 Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review 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 Review 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 Review 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 Review 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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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. Palacio lives in New York City with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

About the Narrators

Kate Rudd 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.

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