Wonder (#0893GD8)

by Palacio, R. J

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11 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

FollettBound Glued Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Price: USD 18.91
Description: 315 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 4.8
AR 4.8 MG 11 149900EN; RC 5.2 18; LEX 790L; F&P V


 


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Overview
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Wonder -- Julian chapter : a wonder story. Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.


Product Details
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2012
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 315 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-95454-7 (originally 0-375-86902-6)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-95454-3 (originally 978-0-375-86902-0)
  • Follett Number: 0893GD8
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 4.8
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.8
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 11
  • AR Quiz: 149900EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 18
  • Lexile: 790L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: V

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 02/01/12
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 03/01/12
  • Horn Book Magazine, 07/01/12
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 12/15/11
  • Library Media Connection starred, 03/01/12
  • New York Times, 04/08/12
  • Publishers Weekly Annex starred, 02/20/12
  • School Library Journal starred, 02/01/12
  • Teacher Librarian, 04/01/13
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/12
  • Wilson's Junior High School, 10/01/12

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (February 1, 2012 (Vol. 108, No. 11))
Grades 5-8. Kids’ books about befriending somebody “different” could fill a library. But this debut novel rises to the top through its subtle shifting of focus to those who are “normal,” thereby throwing into doubt presumptions readers may have about any of the characters. Nominally, the story is about 10-year-old August, a homeschooled boy who is about to take the plunge into a private middle school. Even 27 operations later, Auggie’s face has what doctors call “anomolies”; Auggie himself calls it “my tiny, mushed-up face.” He is gentle and smart, but his mere physical presence sends the lives of a dozen people into a tailspin: his sister, his old friends, the new kids he meets, their parents, the school administrators—the list goes on and on. Palacio’s bold move is to leave Auggie’s first-person story to follow these increasingly tangential characters. This storytelling strategy is always fraught with peril because of how readers must refresh their interest level with each new section. However, much like Ilene Cooper’s similarly structured Angel in My Pocket (2011), Palacio’s novel feels not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.

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