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Wonder by RJ Palacio

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on 17 April 2013

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Transcript of Wonder by RJ Palacio

R.J. Palacio Wonder R.J. Palacio Palacio lives in New York City with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For many years, she made a living creating book jackets for some famous and some not-so-famous authors, but she always knew she wanted to write.
One day, she decided to just go for it because she found out that the perfect time was never just going to fall into her lap. WONDER is her first novel... and nope, she
didn't design the cover (but word is that she
really loves it!)

http://rjpalacio.com/ "After being homeschooled for years, Auggie
Pullman is about to start fifth grade, but he’s worried:
How will he fit into middle-school life when he looks so
different from everyone else? Auggie has had 27 surgeries to
correct facial anomalies he was born with, but he still has a face that
has earned him such cruel nicknames as Freak, Freddy Krueger,
Gross-out and Lizard face. Though “his features look like they’ve been melted, like the drippings on a candle” and he’s used to people averting
their eyes when they see him, he’s an engaging boy who feels pretty ordinary inside. He’s smart, funny, kind and brave, but his father says that having Auggie attend Beecher Prep would be like sending “a lamb to the slaughter.” Palacio divides the novel into eight parts, interspersing
Auggie’s first-person narrative with the voices of family members and classmates, wisely expanding the story beyond Auggie’s viewpoint and
demonstrating that Auggie’s arrival at school doesn’t test only him,
it affects everyone in the community. Auggie may be finding
his place in the world, but that world must find a way to
make room for him, too. A memorable story of
kindness, courage and wonder."

- Kirkus Reviews August Pullman was born with a facial
deformity 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. Julian has been a student at Beecher Prep
since kindergarten. His parents have money
and spoil him rotten, and he thinks that he runs
the school. The students at Beecher Prep are either scared of him or like him, but either way... they are all nice to him (mostly out of fear). He is a bully. Julian makes it his mission to make Auggie's first year in public school the worst ever. And though
he tries his best, Auggie... Meet Julian Meet
Auggie Pullman by: Jennie Smith Presented to
Jack Will

February 2012 Knowing what is right and wrong is something
that most are born with. Sometimes it is hard to stand up and do what is right because we don't
want to draw attention to ourselves, or maybe we
don't want to lose friends over the decisions
we make. Jack Will knew what the right
thing to do was and bravely stood up
and did what everyone had wanted
to do for quite some
time! "Everyone deserves a standing
ovation because we all
overcometh the world."

-Auggie Pullman "August Pullman reminds us of what true beauty is."
—Paul Hankins, Goodreads "I have just finished reading Wonder. I would really recommend it to lots of my friends because it made me feel happy and it made me think about how important it is to be kind."
--Josh Hartigan (age 12) Oh wait! I can't tell you that!
You need to read the book!!!
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