Title Profile & Character Information

Wonder

Annotation

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



Awards
2012  School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2013-2014  Beehive Children's Fictional Book Award
2013  American Library Association Notable Books for Children
2013  Christopher Book Awards
2013-2014  Great Lakes Great Books Award
2012  Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books
2013  Judy Lopez Memorial Award (Women's National Book Association, Los Angeles Chapter)
2013-2014  Georgia Children's Book Award
2014  New York State Charlotte Award
2014  Rhode Island Children's Book Award
2013  Teen Buckeye Book Award
2013-2014  Black-Eyed Susan Book Award
2014  Bluegrass Award
2013-2014  Land of Enchantment Book Award
2014  Colorado Children's Book Award
2013-2014  Virginia Reader's Choice Awards
2013-2014  SCASL Book Award (South Carolina)
2014  Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award
2014  Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
2015  Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin)
2014  Golden Sower Award
2013-2014  Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
2015  Grand Canyon Reader Award
2014  Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award
2015  Nene Award
2015  Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award
2014-2015  Prairie Pasque Award
2015  Mark Twain Award
2015  Young Reader's Choice Award
2015-2016  Young Hoosier Book Award
2014  North Carolina Children's Book Award
2014-2015  California Young Reader Medal
2014-2015  Volunteer State Book Award
2014-2015  Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award