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R.J. Palacio

PUBLISHED: 2nd October 2017
ISBN: 9780141378244
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PUBLISHED: 2nd October 2017
ISBN: 9780141378244

Publisher Description

The unforgettable and life-affirming story of August Pullman - a boy who's desperate to blend in, but is destined to stand out.

'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. All he wants is to be accepted. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Astonishingly powerful, Wonder is a read you'll never forget.

Author Biography

R. J. Palacio lives in New York City with her family and a black dog called Bear. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Wonder, has sold 5 million copies worldwide.


When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should Financial Times 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 Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant Observer Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds Guardian It's one of those rare books with almost universal appeal: it will make you laugh, cry and break your heart The Bookseller A funny, emotional, brilliantly observed story Bella Magazine A powerful read Stylist Every page is honest, brave and delightful Laura Dockrill Wonder is essentially . . . a wonder. [It] touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways Nicholas Sparks Thoughtful but never preach Sophie Kinsella What a gem of a story . . . This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry Malorie Blackman An amazing book . . . I cried my eyes out Tom Fletcher D[estined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some . . . It is dark, funny, touching The Times [A] glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness The Huffington Post [A] beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation The Wall Street Journal Tremendously uplifting and a novel of all-too-rare power . . . an unforgettable, deeply moving character Sunday Express Rich and memorable New York Times Funny, touching, honest, and uplifting - though there's plenty of opportunity for tears, too Daily Mail So authentic you'll swear a kid wrote the book Glamour It will delight children and adults Telegraph Jodi Picoult for beginners Irish Times Everybody should [read it] Financial Times It wreaks emotional havoc Independent Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant Observer Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds Guardian

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It wreaks emotional havoc

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R.J. Palacio
Penguin Books Ltd
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