Wonder by R.J. Palacio

December 29th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Justin, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic book very meaningful and its very excellent i would recommend it to everyone it has comedy its a mixture of different books

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

December 13th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Sara, Age 12 from Texas

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is about a kid who was born with birth defects and is deformed. The boys name is August. After being homeschooled for his whole life he decided he’s ready to go to school and at school he meets a friend. You will have to read the book to find out the rest of the book.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

December 9th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Gaby, Age 12 from Texas

Rating: ★★★★½

It’s good

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

December 7th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Eavan, Age 6 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is about a boy named August who starts fifth grade and he thinks he will not have fun, but he makes friends and one of his friends was mean but they make up.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

November 28th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Devon, Age 9 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is about a boy named August who has a facial deformation.  In the book, August starts the fifth grade and it is his first time in school because he was homeschooled. In this book August and his friends Jack Will and Summer have a lot of good and bad times together. It was a great book!

Wonder by RJ Palacio

June 26th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by ALLISON, Age 12 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. IT IS A REALISTIC FICTION. I HAD TO READ THIS OVER THE SUMMER AND IM GLAD I DID. I LIKE HOW RJ PALOCIO QRITES BECAUSE HE WRITES SO GOOD THAT YOU NEVER WANT TO STOP READING. IT IS ABOUT BULLYING AND HOW A BOY NAMED AGUEST WITHA FACIAL DIFORMITY AND HOW HE WORKS THROUGH THE FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL YEAR. I REALLY DO HOPE EVERY ONE WHO SEES THIS WILL READ IT. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

May 16th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Hannah, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

The book Wonder is a fiction book by R.J Palcio.This book is about a 10 year old boy named August.He’s never been to school but when he goes to school for the first tine he doesn’t know if he will get bullied because of his face deformaties. My favorite of the book was when he goes to school before he actully goes goes to school to meeet the princible and see the school.I would recimend this book for peole that like stories about real people.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

May 9th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Sophie, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio is the book that I read. In this book, August has a facial deformity. He has never gone to school before and it is his first time going. August gets bullied, but does he make it through the school year?

An Event with WONDER Author R.J. Palacio

April 17th, 2013 by

wonder-displayOn Monday night, I found myself surrounded by NYC students, all buzzing with excitement. They were waiting to meet a big-deal celeb and get her autograph — and also get some answers about character, plot, and writing process.

That’s because the celeb of the night wasn’t a famous actress or singer, but instead a rock star of the literary world: R.J. Palacio, the author of Wonder. She made an appearance at a NY Barnes & Noble store to talk about her inspiration for the book, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of her book.

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I’ve read some interviews with R.J. Palacio in the past, so I thought I was already clued in to the behind-the-scenes story of how Wonder came to be. Well, I was wrong. Totally, completely wrong. Because I learned SO MUCH MORE at the event! And obviously, I will now share my newfound wisdom with you!

Some highlights:

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  • Wonder was inspired by a real-life experience that Palacio had at an ice cream shop. She was sitting next to a girl with a craniofacial difference (the scientific term for the kind of deformed face that Auggie has in the book). When her 3-year-old son noticed the girl and started crying, Palacio didn’t know what to do and she got up in a big hurry and tried to rush both of her sons out of there — spilling milkshakes everywhere and causing a huge scene in the process. All the rest of that day, she kept obsessing over her behavior and how she should have just talked to the girl and her family instead. That night, she was inspired to start writing Auggie’s story… on Post-its!
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  • Palacio was also inspired by her 11-year-old son’s experiences starting middle school. She was surprised to see lots of mean behavior among his classmates, so Wonder became a book about being kind just as much as about Auggie in particular.
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  • wonder-tableSince Palacio had a full-time job and a family while writing Wonder, she did all of her writing from midnight to 3:00 a.m. every night! Good for her! I’m pretty sure I would fall asleep in my own drool during the day if I tried that…
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  • Palacio got the name Jack Will from twin boys who were friends of her son’s. Their names were Jack and Will and whenever their mom came to pick them up, she would call out, “Jack, Will!” (Maybe someday, we’ll come across a book character named Nancy Karen!)
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  • Palacio called Via a “much hipper, cooler, prettier” version of herself at the age of 15.
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  • But the character Palacio most relates to is Charlotte, who was never mean to Auggie but also never reached out like Summer did. To Palacio, the difference between the two girls is that Charlotte stands for “being nice” and Summer stands for “choosing kind.” But Palacio does think that the next school year after the book’s end, Charlotte will probably “stop being a bystander and she’ll be an upstander.”

I also found out that Wonder has been optioned for a movie! That doesn’t necessarily mean that the movie will get made, but everyone in the audience — including yours truly — definitely gasped in delight at that news! But, as Palacio pointed out, casting Auggie will be very tricky. She posed a question to all of us in the audience, and now I’m putting the question to you guys. Vote in the poll below!

Personally, I’d love to see a movie based on this book. But I really really really hope that if it happens, it’s actually a good film — because this story is really really really good!

What do you think? Have you read Wonder yourself? Leave a comment with YOUR thoughts or send in a full review!

— Karen

While waiting for the event to start, Karen had to stop herself from jumping into conversations with everyone about their favorite books. Hello, weirdo stranger alert! But geez, it was so hard! Karen really loves talking about books!

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Wonder by R.J. Palachio

March 19th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by jack, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

You may think you are ugly you may think you have no friends but try steping in the shoes of august reman. A story of a boy with the worlds worst face by RJ PALACIO. Now he has to go to middle school he hopes that it will be a good year for someone like him. Some one who sends kids away screaming someone who is exrauordinary.

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