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Wonder - R. J. Palacio

Paperback Published: 1st September 2014
ISBN: 9780552565974
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 10 - 13 years old

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'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.

About the Author

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.


Lovely story - haven't seen movie


I missed seeing this at the movies unfortunately so grabbed the chance to read the book. It is perfect to take away as I didn't want to put down and short chapters are nice and easy to read. Lovely story - looking forward to eventually seeing the movie to see it brought to life.

Brisbane, QLD




I read this to my grade 5/6 classes and they absolutely loved it! I loved it. The best book!



Will make you heart brake and be warmed at the same time!!!!


I only ever Buy a book if I know I will read it again and again. that's why my book collection is so small. but wonder sits on my bookshelf.



This is a story that really inspires others.


I introduced this to my grade 3/4 class to foster a better level of understanding and empathy towards others.

Melbourne, Australia


Beautiful and heart-wrenching


Such a touching story about differences, fear and both the best and worse of people. Expect tears.



Heart-warming read!


A great read, with characters you can connect with straight away. A heart-warming tale that will make you laugh, cry and everything in between.

Horsham, AU


A great gift idea


Bought this as a gift for a male 11 year old (based on reviews I'd read on Booktopia). The feedback from him was 'he'd read it already' after only having it a few days and it was fantastic! So think I picked a winner. His mum said I really must read it as a great book.



Fantastic Book for Children and Adults


Very well written and engaging book. I didn't put this down. I read it, my son's read it (8 year old bookworm) and we have given it as gifts to several of his friends (girls and boys) who also raved about it. Suitable for adults as well. Highly recommended.

Brisbane, AU


don't judge a boy by his face"


The product gives a great example for parents if their child is like August

Nelson bay



5.0 9


"Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds" * Guardian *
"Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant" * Observer *
"It wreaks emotional havoc . . . To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that" * Independent *
"When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should" * Financial Times *
"Awesome . . . So authentic you'll swear a kid wrote the book. And yes, that's a good thing" * Glamour *

ISBN: 9780552565974
ISBN-10: 0552565970
Audience: Children
For Ages: 10 - 13 years old
For Grades: 4 - 8
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st September 2014
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1