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Wonder by R. J. Palacio (2012-02-14) MP3 CD – 1516 by R. J. Palacio (Author)

My 5th grader has craniofacial anomalies and I feel that this book could not have been better written. RJ Palacio caught Auggie’s voice so well and captured his challenges and strengths so beautifully that I still can’t believe that she doesn’t have a child who is living this life. I’m not going to try to summarize the story as many other reviewers have done that – I just want to talk about the emotional resonance of the work. The sheer truth of Auggie’s journey is what meant the most to me. There are so many small moments that struck me to the core – e.g. Auggie’s feelings about Halloween, the way Auggie has an easier time when his classmates understand that there’s more to him than his face, Auggie’s struggle to move past his need for coddling, even the food that Auggie eats. The most emotional moment for me came toward the end of the book when Auggie’s father tells him that he loves the way Auggie looks, because that it exactly how my husband and I feel about our son. I wish that everyone would read this book, because it will help them understand the humanity of my son and everyone like him. Check it out!

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (2012-02-14) MP3 CD – 1516 by R. J. Palacio (Author) Review

First – Parents need to know that Wonder is about young boy, August Pullman, who has a congenital facial abnormality who has to cope with a range of reactions to his unusual appearance. Some kids use hateful language, and some people suggest that Auggie is mentally deficient. However, goodness wins out, and readers should find it inspiring and uplifting. Author R.J. Palacio writes the book in multiple voices — Auggie’s, some of his friends’, his sister’s — and the different points of view are mostly very well-realized and show the inner feelings of the different characters. Wonder by RJ Palacio was astonishing! I think the book was for grades fifth-eighth grade, and adults would like it. This book can teach many different lessons. The one that stood out to me was not to judge by the way someone looked but by the inner character of that person. It is one of the most moving books I have read in a long time, and I am still pretty amazed at how the author wove so much complexity into a story for middle schoolers. Take home messages included, you can count on your parents even if things get tough, sometimes people make mistakes and deserve second chances, sometimes you just have to suck it up and endure and most importantly, in general, things change over time. -Read Reviews-

This wonderfully inspirational story has helped my middle school students to remember that, as people, we all struggle with many things in our lives and are very blessed by the friends and families who love and support us in our lives. We continue to revisit the story as we think about and discuss the daily precepts from the second book. This is a must have book set in every household, counseling or therapist’s office and every classroom.

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