Wonder

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The unforgettable, life-affirming and internationally bestselling story of August Pullman - a boy who's desperate to blend in, but is destined to stand out because of the way he looks.

 
Wonder, R J Palacio

'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

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  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780552565974
    Published: 14/12/2012
    Imprint: Corgi Childrens
    Extent: 320 pages
    Stock Level: HIGH
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  • Trade Paperback
    $24.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780370332291
    Published: 17/02/2012
    Imprint: Bodley Head
    Extent: 320 pages
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  • Hardback
    $34.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780370332284
    Published: 16/03/2012
    Imprint: Bodley Head
    Extent: 320 pages
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    ISBN: 9781448119141
    Published: 17/02/2012
    Imprint: RHCP Digital
    Extent: 320 pages
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"Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant" - Laura Dockrill, Observer

"The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio, a New York graphic designer whose debut novel, Wonder, is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some. Telling the story of August, a schoolboy born with an unspecified facial deformity, it is dark, funny, touching and no Tube carriage will be without a copy this year" - The Times

"It wreaks emotional havoc . . . There is a message running through the book, most clearly voiced by an inspirational teacher, that if we were all a little kinder to one another the benefit would be incalculable. To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that" - Suzi Feay, Independent

"I am terrifically jealous of everybody that gets to read Wonder for the first time. Every page is honest, brave and delightful. The most sparkly book I've come across for whiles" - Laura Dockrill

"This is a wonderful book and I couldn't recommend it more highly . . . What fantastic stuff" - Katy Moran

"This might be a book aimed at children, but I think it should be read by people of all ages. It just might change the way you see other people. Wonder has a powerful message and is honest, poignant, funny and with it's short chapters, its very much a page-turner. Wonder is a book that had me laughing, smiling and crying. The title of this book really does reflect it's contents. It truly is a wonder-ful book!
If there's one book you'll read this year then I'd recommend choosing Wonder." - Notes of Life

"Once in a blue moon! That is how often a book such as Wonder comes along! Wonder is released in March and I thoroughly recommend EVERYONE to read it...So touching, full of soul and one that will stay with you for a long time. 5/5" - Read 2 Review

"This novel is aimed at a children's and young adult audience but it wouldn't harm anyone of any age to read it and be reminded not to judge by appearances and to be a little kinder to others, and it will reward those who do read it with a moving, at times dark, but also uplifting read." - The Little Reader Library

"This is a book that will strike a chord and make you really think. Adults and kids alike need to read it. Everyone will be touched and take something away from it. Wonder is exactly that. A wonderful book that comes highly recommended. Go right now and pre-order. You won't regret it." - Cosy Books

"It would have been so easy to make this story grim and miserable, instead R.J. Palacio has woven a tale shot through with humour, bravery, loss and acceptance (also Star Wars, lots and lots of Star Wars!) I urge everyone that reads this to believe me when I say that you should read this book - buy it, borrow it from your local library - if your library does not have it order it so they do and once you have read it make sure that other people you know read it too!" - Teen Librarian

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R J Palacio

R J Palacio

R. J. Palacio is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. She lives in New York City with her family and a black dog called Bear.

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