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
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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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    ISBN: 9781448119141
    Published: 17/02/2012
    Imprint: RHCP Digital
    Extent: 416 pages
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"A gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry" - Malorie Blackman

"A story of intense action and intense introspection . . . a beautifully told lesson in empathy that requires that the reader find sympathy for each of the principle actors in the story. Palacio is a wonderful storyteller and her characters are bright, well-rounded and intensely likeable. Wonder is a beautiful book that is full of sorrow and triumph, emotional without being manipulative - highly recommended." - Cory Doctorow, boingboing.net

"Can I just say right now that I loved Wonder by R.J. Palacio? I want EVERYONE to read it. (That's right, I shouted!) In fact, if it were out right now I'd be buying copies to give to other people to read. I loved it, it was so sweet and real. It's sad, funny, inspiring, infuriating, eye opening and awesome! It's hard for me to express just how much I loved this book. It's an eye opener for any age" - Attack of the Book

"It makes ordinary things extraordinary . . . Reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird. It has the power to move hearts and change minds" - Guardian

"A children's book that's making grown men cry" - Observer

"The breakout publishing sensation . . . 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" - Independent

"When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should" - Financial Times

"A beautiful, thought-provoking and very poignant story" - Mel Giedroyc, Good Housekeeping

"It’s one of those rare books with almost universal appeal: it will make you laugh, cry and break your heart" - The Bookseller

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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. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Wonder, has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide and has spent over three years in the UK and US bestseller charts.

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